How to get from Edinburgh to Dundee

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from Edinburgh to Dundee

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

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To get from Edinburgh to Dundee on 30 May we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:20Edinburgh, Elder Street1h35 10:55Dundee, Seagate Bus Station
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09:20Edinburgh, Elder Street1h35 10:55Dundee, Seagate Bus Station
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09:30Edinburgh Waverley1h10 10:40Dundee
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18:20Edinburgh, Elder Street1h28 19:48Dundee, Seagate Bus Station
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10:20Edinburgh, Elder Street1h35 11:55Dundee, Seagate Bus Station
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Travel Information from Edinburgh to Dundee

distanceDistance36 miles (58 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£8 - £9
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £8 • 1 h 28 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £9 • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or London North Eastern Railway

Take a coach or train to travel 36 miles (58 km) to Dundee from Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 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 London North Eastern Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Edinburgh to Dundee.

How to Travel from Edinburgh to Dundee?

Travellers planning a trip to the east coast of Scotland can choose from daily direct train or bus connections from Edinburgh to Dundee. Both transport options operate seven days a week. Train journeys are a little quicker, taking one hour and 15 minutes to reach Dundee on average, about 20 minutes faster than the bus. 

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

In general, bus fares are cheaper than train tickets for the trip between Edinburgh and Dundee, with dynamic pricing on bus services encouraging advance booking. Budget bus operator Megabus provides direct bus services from stands on Elder Street in the centre of Edinburgh, arriving in Dundee Seagate bus station in the city centre. The quickest bus journeys take around one hour and 30 minutes. Scotland's national rail operator Scotrail offers frequent direct trains from Waverley Station in the capital to Dundee, with London North Eastern Railway and CrossCountry Trains providing some additional direct options. Train journey times are around one hour and 15 minutes. 

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

The fastest direct ScotRail train from Edinburgh Waverley to Dundee takes one hour and eight minutes to cover the 57-mile route northeast, although most train journeys take about five to 10 minutes longer. The quickest Megabus direct bus service to the east coast city takes one hour and 28 minutes. Other bus journeys take about five to 35 minutes longer to reach Dundee, although all journey times are subject to traffic conditions on the main road north. 

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Travel from Edinburgh to Dundee by Train

Scotland's national rail operator ScotRail provides daily direct trains from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Dundee, with services also stopping at Haymarket Station in the capital. London North Eastern Railway and CrossCountry Trains also offer some direct connections on this route. Weekday and Saturday timetables offer hourly departures from early morning to late evening, with average journey times of around one hour and 15 minutes. Sunday schedules are slightly less frequent with no early morning service from the capital. Trains arrive at the main station in Dundee, close to the river, about a 10-minute walk from the city centre. 

Travel from Edinburgh to Dundee by Bus

The national budget bus travel company Megabus provides direct buses making the trip northeast from Edinburgh to Dundee seven days a week. Weekday and Saturday schedules offer an early morning departure from bus stands on Edinburgh Elder Street, followed by hourly buses throughout the day and evening and a late-night service arriving in Dundee after midnight. Journey times for the road trip to Dundee are mostly about one hour and 35 minutes, although some journeys can take two hours. Sunday schedules omit the early morning departure. Buses arrive at the Seagate Bus Station, a 10-minute walk east of central Dundee.

Travel Tips: Travel from Edinburgh to Dundee

Travel to Dundee 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 Dundee.

There are 2 ways to get from Edinburgh to Dundee: coach or train.

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

This is compared to other travel options to Dundee:

A coach is £1 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Edinburgh to Dundee costing on average £9.

The fastest way to get to Dundee from Edinburgh is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

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

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 1 h 28 min.

You should expect to travel around 36 miles (58 km) from Edinburgh to Dundee.

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Dundee is:

  • 16 trains per day.

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

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

  • Most travellers catch their coach from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Dundee, Seagate Bus Station.
  • Most travellers board their train from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Dundee.

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

  • Travel with Megabus for coaches to Dundee. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Edinburgh to Dundee tickets on Omio for £8.
  • Travel with London North Eastern Railway to go to Dundee by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find London North Eastern Railway Edinburgh to Dundee tickets on Omio for £9.

Yes, there are direct routes from Edinburgh to Dundee with the following travel companies:

  • You can find direct coaches per day to take to Dundee with Megabus.
  • You can find 16 direct trains per day to Dundee with Scotrail or London North Eastern Railway.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Dundee tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this trip.

Looking to extend your trip from Edinburgh to Dundee? Many Omio customers who go from Edinburgh to Dundee usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Aberdeen. If you're looking to explore London, Glasgow or Aberdeen from Dundee, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is £8 one way on average for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is on average £9 one way.

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

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