Trains from Inverness to Edinburgh

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Inverness - Edinburgh Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Inverness to Edinburgh. Traveling by train from Inverness to Edinburgh usually takes around 3 hours and 49 minutes, but the fastest ScotRail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance112 mi (181 km)
Fastest train3h 15m
Lowest price$22.82
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceScotRail
Train lines2

Which train should you take from Inverness to Edinburgh?

2 train services operate from Inverness to Edinburgh. ScotRail usually has more trains scheduled, with 9 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
London North Eastern Railway13h 24m$42.93
ScotRail93h 52m$54.74
  • London North Eastern Railway

    London North Eastern Railway

    London North Eastern Railway train tickets from Inverness to Edinburgh start from $25, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 London North Eastern Railway schedules to Edinburgh. London North Eastern Railway in Inverness leaves from Inverness Train Station . And in Edinburgh trains arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station and one other train station.

    From Inverness to Edinburgh train travel on London North Eastern Railway takes 3 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Edinburgh faster, London North Eastern Railway offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Edinburgh on a weekend there is typically one London North Eastern Railway scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Inverness.

  • ScotRail

    ScotRail

    ScotRail train tickets from Inverness to Edinburgh start from $23, and on average cost . Daily there are 9 ScotRail schedules to Edinburgh. ScotRail in Inverness leaves from Inverness Train Station . And in Edinburgh trains arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station and one other train station.

    From Inverness to Edinburgh train travel on ScotRail takes 3 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to get to Edinburgh faster, ScotRail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, ScotRail offers 8 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Edinburgh.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Inverness to Edinburgh 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 Inverness to Edinburgh?

The distance between Inverness and Edinburgh is approximately 112 miles, or 181 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 15 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?

Trains departing from Inverness to Edinburgh tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Inverness at 4:00am 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 Inverness to Edinburgh?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Edinburgh. 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 Edinburgh to Inverness.

City Information

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 is the train station in Inverness?

Main departure station: Inverness Train Station

There is one train station in Inverness.

All train stations in Inverness:

  • Inverness Train Station

Where is the train station in Edinburgh?

Main arrival station: Edinburgh Waverley Station

Edinburgh receives travelers from Inverness at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Waverley Station

  • Gogar Roundabout Bus Stop

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