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 Dec 04 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h05 09:05PMEdinburgh
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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Glasgow

distanceDistance66 km
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range€1 - €18
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • €1 • 52 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • €18 • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Scotrail

Take a coach, ferry, flight or train to travel 66 km from Glasgow to 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 €1. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Flixbus 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.

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.
FAQs

There are 4 ways to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh: coach, ferry, flight or train.

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh, which costs on average €1.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A coach is generally €17 less than a train for the same route. A train costs on average €18 from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

The fastest way from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by train with an average journey time of 45 min.

Other travel options from Glasgow to Edinburgh can usually take longer:

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

Edinburgh is approximately 66 km away from Glasgow.

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • Around 1 coach per day.
  • Around 74 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh as scheduled services by coach, ferry, flight 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 buy a coach ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Glasgow Central and 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 Flixbus for coaches to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for €1.
  • Scotrail 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 €18.

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

  • You can check for a direct coach to Edinburgh with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus with 1 direct coach per day.
  • You can find 70 direct trains per day to Edinburgh with Scotrail.

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.

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!

Before travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this trip is on average €1 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket is €18 one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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