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Journey Information

There are 142 intercity buses per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Traveling by bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh usually takes around 2 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Megabus bus can make the trip in 58 minutes.

Distance42 mi (67 km)
Shortest duration0h 58m
Cheapest price€3.96
Trips per day123
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Raymond

12 May 2024- Vacation

Megabus

Pros: The trip was actually operated by the Citylink bus. Everything was perfect, especially the staff and driver who are very flexible to allow us to take an earlier bus instead of waiting for our originally scheduled one due to our earlier arrival at the bus station. Cons: Keep doing the excellent work!

5.0

Alexander

22 June 2022- Couples trip

Megabus

Pros: Went ti Merryfield to see the eagles. Cons: Good all round. Tips: Quick and relaxing.

How much is a bus ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

€5.64 is the average price of a bus ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around €9 whenever you decide to travel.

What bus companies travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

There are 3 bus lines from Glasgow to Edinburgh available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 120 daily trips, Megabus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus403h 18m€6.25
Megabus1201h 20m€10.30
National Express21h 11m€7.68
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 40 trips from Glasgow to Edinburgh, and usually makes the trip in about 3 hours and 18 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Founded in 2003, Megabus UK was created to provide travelers with greener, more straightforward and smarter travel. The carrier has routes all across the United Kingdom in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Megabus UK fleet, easily distinguishable by its dark blue and yellow colors, has free Wi-Fi, outlets and charging ports, onboard restrooms, and 20 kg luggage allowances on each bus.

  • National Express is probably the UK's best-known bus company, offering intercity services to London, Manchester, Southampton, and Edinburgh. Onboard the single and double-decker vehicles, travelers enjoy a good amount of legroom – roomier than airlines have in coach class – alongside WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 67 kilometers from Glasgow to Edinburgh. However, the fastest bus only takes 58 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 142 scheduled buses that travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 123 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh; ticket prices start at €16.69.

City Information

Glasgow

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. The city's name means "Dear Green Place" in Gaelic, and Glasgow earns this title as it is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the area. Beyond its impressive green spaces, it is full of historical and cultural destinations.

There are dozens of inspiring museums and galleries in the city, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art. The Glasgow Green is a vast public park dotted with monuments right next to the People's Palace, a museum devoted to social history. In the central shopping district, Buchanan Street is your go-to for mouthwatering cuisine and retail therapy.

If you want to try some local beer, hit up The Pot Still, The Ben Nevis Bar, or The Laurieston. Be sure to visit the Clydeside Distillery, too, so you can see how the national drink of Scotland (hello, Scotch) is manufactured.

Several trains serve Glasgow, including Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway, Northern Rail, and the West Midlands Railway. In addition, Megabus and FlixBus offer bus service from Glasgow to other destinations in Scotland and beyond.

Edinburgh

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As Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and its people are famed throughout history for their contribution to philosophy, literature, science, and industry, among many other areas. This incredibly diverse city promises to provide attractions and entertainment for people of all ages, budgets, and interests. Edinburgh is even ranked as the #6 city with the most historic sites per capita in Europe, and the #1 outside of Italy!

For those looking for outdoor adventure, take a walk up Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts that date back to over 2,000 years ago. The walk to the top will allow you to embrace some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes and wildlife, and you'll be rewarded with a dramatic view of Edinburgh at the top.

On rainy days, visit the National Museum of Scotland, where each floor provides information on several fascinating eras of Scotland's history. A trip down the Royal Mile will satisfy all your tartan and souvenir needs, while the world-famous Underground Ghost Tour will give you an entirely different view of this seemingly peaceful, quaint city.

If your trip falls during the holiday season, the Edinburgh Christmas Market is guaranteed to give you the festive feeling, while world-renowned Hogmanay celebrations will ensure that you ring in the New Year with a bang.

Edinburgh is easily accessible via train, plane, and bus. Edinburgh Airport provides global access to the city, while rail services connect the city to many other major towns and cities across the UK. In addition, numerous bus companies travel to and from Edinburgh, meaning that no matter your preferred mode of transport, the city is always within reach.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Glasgow?

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Main departure station: Buchanan Bus Station

Buchanan Bus Station is the main bus terminus in Glasgow and the biggest bus station in Scotland. The station is conveniently located near the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the Buchanan Galleries. Transferring to other forms of travel is easy since Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station and the Cowcaddens and Buchanan Street subway stations are also within walking distance. Inside the station building, you'll find seated waiting areas, a bookshop, luggage storage, and toilets. The station is often bustling, welcoming Megabus, National Express, and Scottish Citylink services, to name a few.

All bus stations in Glasgow:

  • Buchanan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Edinburgh?

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Main arrival station: Edinburgh Bus Station

Edinburgh Bus Station is a local and long-distance bus station located beneath the luxury shopping area, Multrees Walk. It is less than five minutes on foot from Waverley train station, with the primary pedestrian access on St Andrew Square. Luggage lockers, a small convenience store, café, and pay-for restrooms occupy the underground waiting lounge. Megabus and National Express operate service to destinations such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast, and York. International travelers can reach the Edinburgh Airport via the tram at St Andrew Square.

Bus stations in Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Bus Station

  • Edinburgh Airport Arrivals Terminal

  • St Andrew's House

  • N St David St 26

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