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from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

You can get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh on 28 Jan we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

18:18Aberdeen2h32 20:50Edinburgh Waverley
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£181One-way
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20:45Aberdeen, Guild Street2h59 23:44Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£181One-way
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14:52Aberdeen2h34 17:26Edinburgh Waverley
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£211One-way
16:45Aberdeen, Guild Street2h58 19:43Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£241One-way
14:45Aberdeen, Guild Street3h10 17:55Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£221One-way

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Fri
28 Jan
£27London North Eastern Railway
£16Megabus
Sat
29 Jan
£25London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Sun
30 Jan
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£15Megabus
Mon
31 Jan
£19London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Tue
1 Feb
£16London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Wed
2 Feb
£16London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
Thu
3 Feb
£16London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
Fri
4 Feb
£22London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
Sat
5 Feb
£27London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
Sun
6 Feb
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£11Megabus
Mon
7 Feb
£19London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
Tue
8 Feb
£16London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
Wed
9 Feb
£19London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
Thu
10 Feb
£18London North Eastern Railway
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Fri
11 Feb
£27London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
Sat
12 Feb
£18London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
Sun
13 Feb
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£11Megabus
Mon
14 Feb
£18London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
Tue
15 Feb
£16London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
Wed
16 Feb
£16London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus

Travel Information from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

distanceDistance92 miles (148 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£15 - £18
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £15 • 2 h 59 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £18 • 2 h 21 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or London North Eastern Railway

Take a coach or train to travel 92 miles (148 km) to Edinburgh from Aberdeen. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 21 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £15. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus or London North Eastern Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.

How to Travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

One of Scotland's most popular business routes, the trip south from Aberdeen to Edinburgh offers a choice of train or bus travel, with direct connections seven days a week. Train journeys offer the fastest route to the capital, taking around two hours and 30 minutes on average to reach Edinburgh. Bus journey times for the road trip south take a little over three hours for most direct services and longer for indirect connections. 

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?

The bus usually offers the lowest priced fares for travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, but occasionally rail fares booked well in advance can be the more economical option. National Express and budget bus company Megabus both provide direct bus and indirect services to Elder Street terminus in Edinburgh, with the fastest bus taking three hours to reach the capital. London North Eastern Railway and Cross Country Trains provide some daily direct trains from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Waverley, although Scotland's national rail operator Scotrail provides the majority of direct connections on this line, with journey times averaging about two hours and 30 minutes. 

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?

Scotrail's direct late-morning train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Waverley offers the fastest travel option to the capital, taking two hours and 21 minutes to cover the 120-mile route southwest, with other direct train journeys taking about ten to 15 minutes longer. The fastest direct bus connection to Edinburgh is a direct Megabus service taking just under three hours. Other Megabus indirect services with a change at Dundee Seagate Bus Station take about ten minutes longer. National Express indirect services via Perth or Glasgow take around five hours to reach Edinburgh. 

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Travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by Train

Travellers heading to the capital by train can choose services from London North Eastern Railway, Cross Country Trains, and Scotland's national rail operator Scotrail. Weekday and Saturday timetables feature departures roughly every hour from early morning to mid-evening, with average journey times of around two hours and 30 minutes. There is a reduced schedule on Sundays, with no early morning services, direct trains every two hours from late morning to early evening, and journey times that are about 15 minutes longer. Trains from Aberdeen stop at Haymarket station in the west of Edinburgh before arriving at the central Waverley Station. 

Travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by Bus

Passengers opting for bus travel to Edinburgh can use direct services with the budget bus company Megabus. Their daily schedule offers hourly departures from Aberdeen Guild Street terminus to Edinburgh from early morning to mid-evening. Most departures are direct and take around three hours, while some indirect connections via Dundee Seagate Bus station only take about ten minutes longer. National Express provides indirect buses to the capital from Aberdeen, via Perth or Glasgow, with journey times ranging from four hours and 45 minutes to five hours. Bus services from Aberdeen arrive at Elder Street in the centre of Edinburgh. 

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FAQs

What are my travel options from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?

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

How do I get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh the cheapest way?

The cheapest way from Aberdeen to Edinburgh is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £15 compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A coach journey is usually £3 less than a journey to Edinburgh by train, which costs on average £18 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Aberdeen is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 21 min.

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

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by coach can take on average 2 h 59 min.

How far is Edinburgh from Aberdeen?

The distance between Aberdeen and Edinburgh is around 92 miles (148 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Aberdeen to Edinburgh is:

  • 10 trains a day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Aberdeen and in Edinburgh?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh:

  • Most travellers catch their coach from Aberdeen, Guild Street and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Aberdeen and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Which travel companies can take me from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Aberdeen to Edinburgh:

  • You can travel by coach to Edinburgh from Aberdeen with Megabus, and you can find Megabus Aberdeen to Edinburgh tickets for £15 on Omio.
  • You can go to Edinburgh from Aberdeen by train with London North Eastern Railway. You'll see cheap train tickets for £18 with London North Eastern Railway from Aberdeen to Edinburgh on Omio.

Is there a direct service between Aberdeen and Edinburgh?

Yes, there are direct services available between Aberdeen and Edinburgh with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with Megabus.
  • You can travel directly by train with Scotrail, Cross Country or London North Eastern Railway with 10 direct trains per day.

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 to Edinburgh from Aberdeen.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Edinburgh from Aberdeen?

Many of our customers travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh don't make Edinburgh their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Glasgow or Manchester, either of which you could add to your Aberdeen and Edinburgh trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Edinburgh to any of these top destinations today!

When should I book a ticket between Aberdeen and Edinburgh online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £15 one way for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £18 one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Aberdeen to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.