How to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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from Glasgow to Edinburgh

You can get from Glasgow to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Mar 22 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:55PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h05 09:00PMEdinburgh
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09:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h22 10:22PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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06:30PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h14 07:44PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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06:15PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h14 07:29PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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06:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h17 07:17PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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Travel Information from Glasgow to Edinburgh

distanceDistance66 km
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range€7 - €14
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • €7 • 1 h
fastestFastest modeCoach • €7 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus

Travel 66 km by coach or train to Edinburgh from Glasgow. If speed is a priority, then a coach is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as €7. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Megabus among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

General Information About the Journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Located just under 70 kilometres apart, the journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh can be taken by bus or train. Train is often the fastest method for this journey, with a direct service from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley taking just under an hour. Trains on this route are operated by Scotrail, while bus services are provided by National Express.

Buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Local carrier City Bus runs a regular service from Glasgow to Edinburgh, with buses departing Glasgow's Buchanan bus station around every 15 minutes from 4:00 a.m. to midnight. These services terminate at Edinburgh bus station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. National Express also operates on this route; their bus service leaves Glasgow once an hour from around 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The journey time is just under an hour and half.

Trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Direct trains depart from Glasgow to Edinburgh every 5-10 minutes throughout the day. The journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley, the city centre stop, takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour, with four stops along the line. Trains also serve Edinburgh Haymarket, approximately a 40 minute journey from Glasgow Queen Street. Both services are operated by Scotrail. Edinburgh Park is a third popular rail station in Edinburgh, also served by Scotrail trains. The journey takes just under an hour from Glasgow Queen Street, with one change at Edinburgh Haymarket. The first Edinburgh bound trains leave Glasgow at about 6:00 a.m.; the last at 11:00 p.m. daily.

Travel Tips: Travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Travel Tips: Travel to Edinburgh easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

You can travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh 2 different ways: coach or train.

The cheapest way from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around €7 compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A coach is €7 less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh costing on average €14.

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Glasgow is by coach with an average travel time of 1 h.

There are alternative travel options to Edinburgh that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by train can take on average 1 h 13 min.

Edinburgh is approximately 66 km away from Glasgow.

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • 70 coaches a day.
  • Around 100 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Edinburgh from Glasgow as scheduled services by coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Glasgow to Edinburgh:

  • Coaches from Glasgow to Edinburgh most often leave from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains mostly leave from Glasgow Central and tend to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Megabus for coaches to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for €7.

Yes, there are direct routes from Glasgow to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 67 direct coaches per day to Edinburgh with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You can check for a direct train to Edinburgh with Scotrail with 80 direct trains per day.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Edinburgh tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this trip.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Glasgow and Edinburgh itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Edinburgh and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip to Edinburgh from Glasgow, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost €7 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average €14 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Glasgow and Edinburgh online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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