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 Jul 03 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h05 09:05PMEdinburgh
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07:30AMGlasgow, Buchanan1h10 08:40AMEdinburgh
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09:45AMGlasgow Queen Street1h18 11:03AMEdinburgh Waverley
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08:45AMGlasgow Queen Street1h24 10:09AMEdinburgh Waverley
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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Glasgow

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range€6 - €13
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • €6 • 52 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • €13 • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Cross Country

Take a coach or train to travel 41 miles (66 km) between Glasgow and Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 45 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as €6. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Megabus or Cross Country 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 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 between Glasgow and Edinburgh 2 different ways: coach or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Tickets for a coach cost on average €6.

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A coach is generally €8 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average €13 from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

The quickest way to travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow is by train, which takes on average 45 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 52 min.

You should expect to travel around 41 miles (66 km) from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • 25 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Glasgow and Edinburgh 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 when travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh:

  • Most travellers who purchase a coach ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travellers who book a train ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Glasgow to Edinburgh:

  • You can travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow by coach with Megabus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for €6 with Megabus from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
  • You can travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow by train with Cross Country. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for €13 with Cross Country from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Yes, there are direct services available from Glasgow to Edinburgh with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You'll find 25 direct trains per day with Scotrail.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Edinburgh as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Your journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh doesn't have to end in Edinburgh. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you’d like to add London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne to your Glasgow to Edinburgh trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Edinburgh today!

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

  • Coach tickets cost on average €6 one way.
  • Train tickets cost €13 one way on average.

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

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