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from Dundee to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation

To get from Dundee to Edinburgh on 29 Oct we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:45Dundee, Seagate Bus Station1h35 10:20Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£91One-way
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08:45Dundee, Seagate Bus Station1h35 10:20Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£91One-way
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18:15Dundee, Seagate Bus Station1h28 19:43Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£121One-way
17:25Dundee, Seagate Bus Station1h38 19:03Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£91One-way
07:25Dundee, Seagate Bus Station1h39 09:04Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£91One-way

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COMPARE Prices for trains, buses and flights

Thu
28 Oct
£13Cross Country
£8Megabus
Fri
29 Oct
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Sat
30 Oct
£14London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Sun
31 Oct
£14London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Mon
1 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Tue
2 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Wed
3 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Thu
4 Nov
£12London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Fri
5 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Sat
6 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Sun
7 Nov
£20London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Mon
8 Nov
£12London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Tue
9 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Wed
10 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Thu
11 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Fri
12 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Sat
13 Nov
£14London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Sun
14 Nov
£13London North Eastern Railway
£8Megabus
Mon
15 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Tue
16 Nov
£13Scotrail
£8Megabus
Wed
17 Nov
£10Scotrail
£8Megabus

Travel Information between Dundee and Edinburgh

distanceDistance36 miles (58 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£8 - £13
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £8 • 1 h 28 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £13 • 1 h 7 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Scotrail

Travel 36 miles (58 km) by coach or train between Dundee and Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 7 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £8. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus or Scotrail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Dundee to Edinburgh.

How to Travel from Dundee to Edinburgh?

Daily direct train and bus departures offer travellers a choice for their trip from Dundee to Edinburgh. Train journeys offer faster connections, with average journey times to the capital of around one hour and 20 minutes. Direct bus trips take about 15 minutes longer on average, but both options are available seven days a week.

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

For most journeys, booking a bus ticket is the cheaper option for travel to Edinburgh, although occasionally there are some advance train tickets that can be more economical. Budget bus company Megabus provides direct bus services from Dundee Seagate bus station in the city centre to Edinburgh Elder Street seven days a week. National Express provides some indirect bus services via Perth. The quickest bus journeys take around one hour and 30 minutes. Most trains to Edinburgh are Scotrail services, although London North Eastern Railway and CrossCountry Trains also provide some direct options on their routes south on the East Coast Main Line. Train journey times from the Tayside city to Edinburgh Waverley are around one hour and 20 minutes. 

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

The fastest direct train from Dundee to Edinburgh is a CrossCountry Trains service taking one hour and nine minutes to cover the 57-mile route southwest to the capital, although most train journeys take about ten to 25 minutes longer. Megabus direct bus services to Edinburgh take around one hour and 35 minutes. Some indirect Megabus routes involve a change at Perth Broxden Park and Ride and take two hours and five minutes to reach Edinburgh, while National Express routes via Perth can take more than three hours. Traffic congestion at peak times can increase journey times to the capital. 

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Travel from Dundee to Edinburgh by Train

Scotland's national rail company Scotrail operates the majority of daily direct trains to Edinburgh from Dundee, while London North Eastern Railway and CrossCountry Trains also provide some direct services on this route. On weekdays and Saturdays, trains depart twice an hour from early morning throughout the day until late evening, with journeys taking around one hour and 20 minutes. Sunday departures are less frequent with no early morning service from Dundee and direct trains every two hours. Trains arrive at Haymarket Station, in the west of the city centre, and Edinburgh Waverley in the heart of the city. 

Travel from Dundee to Edinburgh by Bus

Megabus, the international budget bus travel company, operates daily direct and indirect buses from Dundee to Edinburgh. Buses depart from Dundee Seagate Bus Station hourly throughout the day and evening with some evening services requiring a change at Perth Broxden Park and Ride. Journey times for direct Megabus services are around one hour and 35 minutes, with indirect journeys taking 30 minutes longer. National Express indirect routes to Edinburgh via Perth operate four times daily, with journey times between three and four hours. Megabus services arrive at stands on Elder Street in central Edinburgh, while National Express buses stop at Queensferry Street on the west side of the city centre.

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FAQs
What are my Dundee to Edinburgh travel options?

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

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

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Dundee to Edinburgh. Tickets for a coach cost on average £8.

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A coach is generally £5 less than a train for the same journey. A train costs on average £13 from Dundee to Edinburgh.

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

The quickest way to travel from Dundee to Edinburgh is by train, which takes on average 1 h 7 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 1 h 28 min   of travel time.

How far is Edinburgh from Dundee?

The distance between Dundee and Edinburgh is around 36 miles (58 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Dundee to Edinburgh is:

  • 25 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Dundee 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 Dundee and in Edinburgh?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Dundee to Edinburgh:

  • Coaches most often depart from Dundee at Dundee, Seagate Bus Station and arrive in Edinburgh at Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains most often depart from Dundee at Dundee and arrive in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Waverley.
Who can get me from Dundee to Edinburgh?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Dundee to Edinburgh, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Megabus to go to Edinburgh by coach. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Megabus Dundee to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £8.
  • Travel with Scotrail for trains to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Scotrail Dundee to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £13.
Can I travel directly to Edinburgh from Dundee?

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

  • You can take a direct coach with Megabus with direct coaches per day.
  • You can take a direct train with Scotrail, Cross Country or London North Eastern Railway with 25 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 between Dundee and Edinburgh.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Edinburgh from Dundee?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Dundee to Edinburgh often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Manchester. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Dundee and Edinburgh itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Edinburgh and any of these top destinations today!
How early should I book tickets between Dundee and Edinburgh online for the best deals?

When planning your trip from Dundee to Edinburgh, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost £8 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average £13 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Dundee to Edinburgh online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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