How to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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

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The best way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Megabus
09:45AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
11:08AMEdinburgh
81One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
Megabus
06:30PM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
07:53PMEdinburgh
71One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Scotrail
09:00AM0h44
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
09:44AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
201One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Scotrail
10:45AM0h48
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
11:33AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
201One-way
0 transfers
Scotrail
10:15AM0h50
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
11:05AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
201One-way
0 transfers
Scotrail
10:02AM1h08
Glasgow Central (GLC)
11:10AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
201One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:30AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
11:53AMEdinburgh
81One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:45AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
12:08PMEdinburgh
81One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:15AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
11:38AMEdinburgh
81One-way
0 transfers

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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Glasgow

distanceDistance66 km
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or coach
priceTicket price range€4 - €12
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • €4 • 1 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • €12 • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or ScotRail

Travel 66 km by train or coach from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus or ScotRail 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.

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All travel companies: Train and Coach Companies from Glasgow to Edinburgh

You can travel by travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow with ScotRail, CrossCountry and FlixBus. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains to Edinburgh from Glasgow. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

    Scotrail is a train operating company in Scotland, providing rail services throughout the country. It operates a wide range of services, from commuter trains to long-distance intercity services. The company operates a variety of train types, including the Class 380, Class 385, Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and comfortable seating. Scotrail also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Anytime tickets. The most popular routes for Scotrail include Glasgow to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Inverness, and Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

      FAQs: Travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

      FAQs: 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.
      FAQs

      There are 2 travel options to Edinburgh from Glasgow. You can take a train or coach.

      The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by taking a coach with average ticket prices of €4 compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

      A coach is €8 less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh costing on average €12.

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

      Taking a coach requires on average 1 h 10 min of travel time.

      You should expect to travel around 66 km from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

      The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

      • 50 trains a day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Edinburgh from Glasgow as scheduled services by train or coach 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 catch their coach from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and arrive in Edinburgh, Bus Station.
      • Most travellers who purchase a train ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley.

      The following travel companies offer services from Glasgow to Edinburgh:

      • Megabus, National Express, FlixBus or TransPennine Express can get you to Edinburgh by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with FlixBus from Glasgow to Edinburgh for €4 on Omio.
      • ScotRail, CrossCountry, East Coast or Caledonian Sleeper can take you to Edinburgh by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for ScotRail from Glasgow to Edinburgh for €12.

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

      • You'll find 36 direct trains a day to Edinburgh with ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper.

      Direct services to Edinburgh tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

      Omio customers who travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh often also extend their holiday to go to London, Inverness, Manchester or Aberdeen. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Edinburgh and these popular destinations at a great price.

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