Edinburgh to Inverness train

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Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness

Showing times and prices for 26 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Edinburgh to Inverness is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
London North Eastern Railway
16:323h37
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
20:09Inverness station (INV)
£291One-way
0 changes
Scotrail
14:063h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
17:45Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
1 change
Scotrail
15:523h18
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
19:10Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
0 changes
Scotrail
09:253h54
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:19Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
0 changes
Scotrail
13:533h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
17:32Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
0 changes

Train timetableEdinburgh to Inverness

Showing trains for tomorrow, Sunday, 26 May
Scotrail
09:253h54
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:19Inverness station (INV)
0 changes
Scotrail
10:353h54
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
14:29Inverness station (INV)
1 change
Scotrail
13:533h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
17:32Inverness station (INV)
0 changes
Scotrail
14:063h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
17:45Inverness station (INV)
1 change
Scotrail
15:523h18
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
19:10Inverness station (INV)
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
16:323h37
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
20:09Inverness station (INV)
0 changes

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Train times from Edinburgh to Inverness

Showing times and prices for 26 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 18 m

Average

3 h 40 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

181 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Edinburgh for Inverness every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Scotrail
15:523h18
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
19:10Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
16:323h37
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
20:09Inverness station (INV)
£291One-way
0 changes
Scotrail
14:063h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
17:45Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
1 change
Scotrail
13:533h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
17:32Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
0 changes
Scotrail
09:253h54
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:19Inverness station (INV)
£681One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Edinburgh to Inverness

distanceDistance112 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 23 min
priceAverage train ticket price£48 (€54)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersScotRail or East Coast

Trains from Edinburgh to Inverness cover the 112 miles long trip taking on average 3 h 23 min with our travel partners like ScotRail or East Coast. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £23, but the average price of train tickets is £48. Travellers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Inverness.

Train providers: ScotRail and East Coast trains Edinburgh to Inverness

Travel to Inverness from Edinburgh from £15 with Omio’s train partners ScotRail and East Coast! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular route for you.

Scotrail is a train operating company in Scotland, providing rail services throughout the country. It operates a wide range of services, from commuter trains to long-distance intercity services. The company operates a variety of train types, including the Class 380, Class 385, Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and comfortable seating. Scotrail also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Anytime tickets. The most popular routes for Scotrail include Glasgow to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Inverness, and Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

Edinburgh to Inverness train information with ScotRail:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 23 min
  • Cheapest Price: £15
  • ScotRail frequency: 5 a day

Trains from Edinburgh to Inverness

There are about 10 trains from Edinburgh to Inverness every day from Monday to Saturday, and a reduced service of about six trains a day on Sunday. They run roughly between 06:30 and 19:30 on most days, with a train leaving Edinburgh once every 1h 30min on average. You can choose between direct and indirect journeys: the shortest direct journey is about 3h 15min, while indirect journeys can take up to 5h in total.

Edinburgh to Inverness Train Time: Daily Departures

The first Edinburgh to Inverness train of the day departs around 06:30, and there’s a service operating every 1h 30min or so until about 19:30. There may be fewer trains operating on Sundays, when the first service of the day is around 09:30 and the last one at about 18:00. On any given week, there are around 66 trains from Edinburgh to Inverness. Generally, trains depart Edinburgh at a similar time every day.

How long is the journey by train from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The shortest direct journey gets you from Edinburgh to Inverness in about 3h 15min and is typically run by ScotRail. Indirect trains can take as little as 4h or as long as 5h, with the longer journeys mostly operated in the afternoon, after 15:00. There’s a mix of direct and indirect journeys every day to choose from. Changes usually take place in Perth and Aberdeen, and you can experience waiting times anywhere between 13min and 1h 30min. Be sure to check for alternative connections to Inverness, should the first leg of your journey be delayed.

couple on a train from Edinburgh. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Edinburgh to Inverness?

Departure train station: The journey from Edinburgh to Inverness starts at Edinburgh Waverley, which is one of the city’s largest train stations. It’s positioned in the centre of Edinburgh, around 0.3 miles (0.5 km) or a roughly 7min walk from the Scottish National Gallery, and about 11min away by bus from the University of Edinburgh. The station has accessible toilets and baby-changing rooms, paid shower facilities and free Wifi. There are cycle and car parking spaces available, as well as wheelchairs and mobility vehicles for getting around the station. You could also depart to Inverness from Edinburgh Haymarket Station, which is based in West Edinburgh, about a 5min train ride from Waverley Station. Haymarket Station is about a 1 mile (1.6 km) or a roughly 23min walk away from Edinburgh Castle, in Old Town. Facilities include step-free access, accessible toilets and baby-changing rooms, free Wifi and wheelchairs available for use. There are bike storage facilities at Edinburgh Haymarket, but no car park.

Arrival train station: Trains from Edinburgh arrive at Inverness Station, which is in close proximity to main attractions in Inverness. It’s situated around 0.5 miles (0.8 km) or an approximately 12min walk from Inverness Castle. Additionally, there are buses available to local golf clubs, such as Kings Golf Club, about 14min away by bus. Inverness Station has accessible toilets, baby-changing rooms, step-free access and wheelchairs and ramps on site.

Which train companies travel from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The two main companies operating Edinburgh to Inverness trains are ScotRail and LNER. ScotRail runs most direct and indirect journeys, while LNER typically runs the daily train at around16:30 direct train only. The LNER train is quite fast, averaging about 3h 30min per trip, but some Scotrail journeys are quicker, at about 3h 15min. Both companies operate every day of the week, Monday to Sunday. Indirect ScotRail trains tend to stop in Perth or Aberdeen.

Night trains Edinburgh

There aren’t any night trains available on this route. The latest train departs Edinburgh Waverley around 19:00 and reaches Inverness Station at about 23:00. The earliest train departs around 06:30 and arrives at Inverness around 22:00.

ScotRail trains from Edinburgh to Inverness

ScotRail operates trains from Edinburgh to Inverness every day of the week, every 1h 30min or so, between 06:30 and 19:30. On Sundays, ScotRail services are limited between 9:30 and 17:30 approx. ScotRail operates the fastest direct journeys on this route, which take about 3h 15min. There are also indirect journeys to Inverness, lasting between 4h and 5h, which could be helpful if your schedule doesn’t permit departing on a direct train.

LNER trains from Edinburgh to Inverness

LNER usually operates one service per day from Edinburgh to Inverness, around 16:30. This is a direct service that takes about 3h 30min, available every day of the week, including Sundays. LNER does not offer indirect journeys on this route.

Trains from Edinburgh to Inverness: Sustainability travel

Choosing to travel by train from Edinburgh to Inverness involves fewer emissions than, for example, travelling by car, particularly as ScotRail exclusively uses electric trains. To travel even more sustainably, you could cycle to your departure station, as Edinburgh Waverley Station has bike-storage facilities. Alternatively, you could use bus services to get to and from the train stations.

Train Edinburgh to Inverness: Services on Board

If travelling from Edinburgh to Inverness with ScotRail, you can choose between standard and first-class tickets, with the latter including power points and larger seats. You can bring two suitcases and one item of hand luggage on a ScotRail train, as well as carry a bike if you book space for it in advance. Up to two pets are allowed, if they’re restrained on a lead or in a pet carrier. Accessibility requirements on ScotRail trains must be booked in advance as well, with services including platform and ontrain assistance, ramp access and wheelchair and mobile scooter storage. On LNER trains, you can travel with a suitcase, one carry-on bag and a personal item (like a handbag). Travelling with bikes must be booked in advance, and up to two pets can ride with you on leads or in carriers. You should book assistance with LNER in advance, by 22:00 approx. the night before you travel, for services including platform guidance, wheelchair and mobility scooter designated spaces and accessible toilets on board.

How to find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness

To get cheap tickets for your train journey between Edinburgh and Inverness, it’s a good idea to be flexible with your date and time of departure. While prices don’t vary a lot on this route, you may find a bargain deal for indirect journeys or trains later in the day. You may also find that prices differ between providers; for example, LNER journeys are sometimes cheaper than those run by ScotRail. Always book as far in advance as possible to secure better prices. For more travel tips, you can check out the Omio Window Seat magazine.

Ness river at sunset in Inverness. Source: Shutterstock

To Inverness by train—travel tips

You can’t go to Inverness without visiting one of the most well-known landmarks in the world: Loch Ness. Located on the River Ness, the town of Inverness is about 8 miles (13 km) north of the lake, which is said to be the home of the Loch Ness Monster. Getting to Dores Beach, for example, on the north shore of Loch Ness, is about a 15min journey on bus 16 from Inverness Station. Loch Ness is huge, and it’s worth visiting its many attractions, including Urquhart Castle, Clava Cairns and the Highlanders Museum. You can even book a cruise and try to spot the elusive monster yourself. While staying in Inverness, check out these other sights and activities in town:

  • Ness Islands
  • Dolphin Spirit
  • Utopia Cafe
  • Ness Walk, along River Ness
  • Inverness Golf Club

FAQs: Edinburgh to Inverness train

FAQs: Travel by train from Edinburgh to Inverness 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 Edinburgh to Inverness.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness can start from as little as £23 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Edinburgh to Inverness is £48; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time from Edinburgh to Inverness is on average 3 h 23 min   for the 112 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go to Inverness from Edinburgh by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Edinburgh to Inverness leaves at 05: 35. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Edinburgh to Inverness leaves at 19: 39.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh to Inverness without having to change trains with ScotRail or East Coast. There are 6 direct trains from Edinburgh to Inverness each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the best Edinburgh to Inverness train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with ScotRail or East Coast. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Inverness from Edinburgh to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 19: 39.

When departing from Edinburgh, you have various train station options to start your route from including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Gateway. When arriving in Inverness, you can end your trip in train stations like Inverness and Inverness, Bus Station.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley, which is located around 0.4 miles (727 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Inverness, located 0.3 miles (469 m) away from the city centre.

A trip to Inverness from Edinburgh is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 23 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Edinburgh to Inverness by train is November.
You have options as you can travel between Edinburgh and Inverness 2 different ways: train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Edinburgh and Inverness

Edinburgh
Inverness
Edinburgh Waverley is the most popular Edinburgh railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Edinburgh for your journey to Inverness.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 00 - 23: 59 | Sun: 07: 00 - 23: 59
Public transport options for Edinburgh Waverley
Bus lines: 22, 30, 33, X22, X25, X37
Train lines: Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off on Waterloo Place, pick up across from Apex Hotel and drop off outside the Apex Hotel.
Metro: No metro available.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Edinburgh Park
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from Platform 2 bus stop, adjacent to Herminston Gate
Edinburgh GatewayWifiParkingAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Edinburgh Gateway
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from the bus stops outside the station
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