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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William by train

It takes an average of 5h 13m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William by train, over a distance of around 95 miles (152 km). There are normally 3 trains per day traveling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William and tickets for this journey start from $41.80 when you book in advance.

First train

03:50

Last train

04:50

Departure station

Edinburgh (Waverley)

Arrival station

Fort William

Journey time

From 5h 10m

Distance

95 miles (152 km)

Frequency

3 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $41.80

Train operators

Caledonian Sleeper

Travel from Edinburgh to Fort William by train

Considering a trip to the Scottish Highlands and need more information on how to take the train from Edinburgh to Fort William? You’ve come to the right place!  

On the fastest high-speed services, it takes around 5 hours and 7 minutes to travel from Edinburgh to Fort William. Each day, there are around 2 direct trains running from Edinburgh to Fort William, so you don’t need to make any changes during your journey.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a Caledonian Sleeper train at Edinburgh Waverley station. Once you’re on board, you can begin to take advantage of the onboard amenities, such as comfortable seating, generous luggage storage and free WiFi. If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to Caledonian Sleeper First Class and you’ll take advantage of plug sockets, complimentary food and drink and access to the First Class lounge at Edinburgh Waverley station. In just over 5 hours, you will arrive at Fort William station.  

Once you’ve left the station, you can start to explore everything Fort William has to offer, including the West Highland Museum and Old Inverlochy Castle. From the station, it’s a short journey to Ben Nevis – the UK’s highest mountain.   

If you’d like to save money on your tickets, try traveling at Off-Peak times – outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. To save even more, keep an eye out for Advance tickets, they are usually released 12 weeks before the departure date and tend to be cheaper than buying on the day.  

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Fort William in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to find more information about the journey, continue reading for FAQs, train timetables and tips on booking cheaper fares.

FAQs for Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William

Want to know more about your journey from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William take?

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Fort William is 5 hours and 13 minutes, with around 3 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Fort William by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William is 5 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William cost?

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William can start from as little as $41.80 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William leave?

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William leaves at 03:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William leave?

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William leaves at 04:50. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Fort William by train?

Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William cover a distance of around 95 miles (152 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Fort William to Edinburgh (Waverley).

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William start at $41.80 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Edinburgh (Waverley) to Fort William is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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