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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Glasgow

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range€4 - €17
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • €4 • 1 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • €17 • 48 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Scotrail

Travel 41 miles (66 km) by coach or train from Glasgow to Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 48 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as €4. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Flixbus or Scotrail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach 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

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FAQs

How do I travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh?

There are 2 travel options from Glasgow to Edinburgh: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to go to Edinburgh from Glasgow?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh, which costs on average €4.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A coach is about €13 less than a train, which costs on average €17 for this trip.

What is the fastest way to Edinburgh from Glasgow?

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Glasgow is by train with an average travel time of 48 min.

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

In comparison, going by coach can take 1 h 5 min   on average.

How far is Edinburgh from Glasgow?

The distance from Glasgow to Edinburgh is approximately 41 miles (66 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • Around 25 trains per day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

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

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

Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

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 Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for €4 with Flixbus from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
  • You can take a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh with Scotrail. Cheap tickets can be found for €17 with Scotrail from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Is there a way to travel directly from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

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

  • You'll find direct coaches with National Express or Megabus.

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.

What is another destination I should add to my tour 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!

How early should I purchase Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Coach tickets cost €4 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average €17 one way.

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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