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from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation

To get from Glasgow to Edinburgh on 7 Dec we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

18:30Glasgow, Buchanan1h14 19:44Edinburgh, Elder Street
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18:30Glasgow, Buchanan1h14 19:44Edinburgh, Elder Street
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19:30Glasgow, Buchanan1h14 20:44Edinburgh, Elder Street
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19:00Glasgow, Buchanan1h14 20:14Edinburgh, Elder Street
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18:15Glasgow, Buchanan1h17 19:32Edinburgh, Elder Street
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Mon
6 Dec
£15Scotrail
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Tue
7 Dec
£17Scotrail
£5Megabus
Wed
8 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Thu
9 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Fri
10 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Sat
11 Dec
£15Scotrail
£2Megabus
Sun
12 Dec
£15Scotrail
£2Megabus
Mon
13 Dec
£13Scotrail
£5Megabus
Tue
14 Dec
£13Scotrail
£5Megabus
Wed
15 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Thu
16 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Fri
17 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Sat
18 Dec
£15Scotrail
£2Megabus
Sun
19 Dec
£15Scotrail
£2Megabus
Mon
20 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Flixbus
Tue
21 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Flixbus
Wed
22 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Thu
23 Dec
£17Scotrail
£2Megabus
Fri
24 Dec
£17Scotrail
£5Megabus
Sat
25 Dec
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£5Flixbus
Sun
26 Dec
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£2Megabus

Travel Information to Edinburgh from Glasgow

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£2 - £17
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £2 • 1 h 13 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £17 • 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Scotrail

Travel 41 miles (66 km) by coach or train between Glasgow and Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 47 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £2. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Megabus or Scotrail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

General Information About the Journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Located just under 70 kilometres apart, the journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh can be taken by bus or train. Train is often the fastest method for this journey, with a direct service from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley taking just under an hour. Trains on this route are operated by Scotrail, while bus services are provided by National Express.

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Buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Local carrier City Bus runs a regular service from Glasgow to Edinburgh, with buses departing Glasgow's Buchanan bus station around every 15 minutes from 4:00 a.m. to midnight. These services terminate at Edinburgh bus station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. National Express also operates on this route; their bus service leaves Glasgow once an hour from around 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The journey time is just under an hour and half.

Trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Direct trains depart from Glasgow to Edinburgh every 5-10 minutes throughout the day. The journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley, the city centre stop, takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour, with four stops along the line. Trains also serve Edinburgh Haymarket, approximately a 40 minute journey from Glasgow Queen Street. Both services are operated by Scotrail. Edinburgh Park is a third popular rail station in Edinburgh, also served by Scotrail trains. The journey takes just under an hour from Glasgow Queen Street, with one change at Edinburgh Haymarket. The first Edinburgh bound trains leave Glasgow at about 6:00 a.m.; the last at 11:00 p.m. daily.

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FAQs
How do I go from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

You can travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh 2 different ways: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh, which costs on average £2.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A coach is about £15 less than a train, which costs on average £17 for this route.

What is the quickest way from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Glasgow is by train with an average travel time of 47 min.

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

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 1 h 13 min.

How many miles are between Glasgow and Edinburgh

The Glasgow to Edinburgh distance is approximately 41 miles (66 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • Around 25 trains per day.

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

Where do I depart from Glasgow? Where do I arrive in Edinburgh?

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

  • Coaches mostly leave from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and tend to arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains mostly leave from Glasgow Central and tend to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.
Which travel operators can get me from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

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

  • Megabus can get you to Edinburgh by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with Megabus from Glasgow to Edinburgh for £2 on Omio.
  • Travel with Scotrail for trains to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Scotrail Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £17.
Is there a direct service from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

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

  • You can book a direct coach with National Express or Megabus.

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 Glasgow.

Where should I go next after I travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh?
Looking to extend your trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh? Many Omio customers who go from Glasgow to Edinburgh usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you're looking to explore London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne from Edinburgh, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How far in advance should I purchase tickets between Glasgow and Edinburgh online to get the best deals?

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

  • The price of a coach ticket for this route is on average £2 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is £17 one way on average.

But we recommend booking Glasgow to Edinburgh 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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