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There are 6 daily trains from Edinburgh to Inverness. Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Inverness usually takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest ScotRail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 18 minutes.
|Distance||112 mi (181 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 18m|
|Trains per day||5|
|Most frequent service||ScotRail|
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Which train should you take from Edinburgh to Inverness?
2 train services operate from Edinburgh to Inverness. ScotRail usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
London North Eastern Railway
London North Eastern Railway train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness start from $23, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 London North Eastern Railway schedules to Inverness. London North Eastern Railway in Edinburgh leaves from Edinburgh Waverley Station . And in Inverness trains arrive at Inverness Train Station .
From Edinburgh to Inverness train travel on London North Eastern Railway takes 4 hours and 22 minutes. If you are looking to get to Inverness faster, London North Eastern Railway offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 18 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, London North Eastern Railway offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Inverness.
ScotRail train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness start from $22, and on average cost . Daily there are 5 ScotRail schedules to Inverness. ScotRail in Edinburgh leaves from Edinburgh Waverley Station . And in Inverness trains arrive at Inverness Train Station .
From Edinburgh to Inverness train travel on ScotRail takes 3 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to get to Inverness faster, ScotRail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 18 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, ScotRail offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Inverness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Edinburgh to Inverness during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the train journey from Edinburgh to Inverness?
The distance between Edinburgh and Inverness is approximately 112 miles, or 181 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 18 minutes.
Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.
When are trains the most crowded?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Edinburgh to Inverness on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Edinburgh at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.
Is there a direct train from Edinburgh to Inverness?
There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Inverness. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Inverness to 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.
Where is the train station in Edinburgh?
Main departure station: Edinburgh Waverley Station
There is one train station in Edinburgh.
All train stations in Edinburgh:
Edinburgh Waverley Station
Where is the train station in Inverness?
Main arrival station: Inverness Train Station
Inverness has one train station.
All train stations in Inverness:
Inverness Train Station
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