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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness by train

It takes an average of 3h 43m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness by train, over a distance of around 113 miles (181 km). There are normally 16 trains per day traveling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness and tickets for this journey start from $17.97 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station

Edinburgh (Waverley)

Arrival station


Journey time

From 3h 18m


113 miles (181 km)


16 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $17.97

Train operators

ScotRail, London North Eastern Railway

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness for Sunday Feb 25th 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
09:00 edinburgh (waverley)13:19 invernessscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 19m, 1 change
09:15 edinburgh (waverley)15:11 invernessPlatform 11 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets5h 56m, 1 change
09:35 edinburgh (waverley)14:29 invernessPlatform 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 54m, 2 changes
13:15 edinburgh (waverley)17:25 invernessscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 10m, 1 change
13:36 edinburgh (waverley)17:45 invernessPlatform 14 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 9m, 2 changes

Traveling through Scotland from Edinburgh to Inverness by train

Considering a trip to the “Capital of the Highlands” and looking for more information about the journey from Edinburgh to Inverness by train? We’ve got you covered! 

Usually, it takes around 3 hours and 35 minutes to travel the 133 miles from Edinburgh to Inverness by train, although you can get there in as little as 3 hours and 18 minutes on the fastest services. On this popular route, you’ll find around 14 direct trains running each day. As there are direct trains available, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board either a ScotRail or London North Eastern Railway (LNER) train at Edinburgh Waverley station, in the heart of the Scottish capital. Whichever operator you’re traveling with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating and free WiFi. In just over 3 hours, you will travel through the Scottish countryside and arrive at Inverness station.  

Once you’ve hopped off the train, you can start to explore the city’s most popular landmarks, such as Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Cathedral. Check out our guide to what to do in Inverness! Or, if you’d like to see more of Scotland, check out our guide to the 8 best day trips from Inverness, including Loch Ness (home of the Loch Ness monster), Aviemore and Pitlochry.

If you’re hoping to book the cheapest train tickets, try traveling Off-Peak, as tickets tend to be cheaper during quieter travel times compared to busier Peak times. Also, if you want to save more money, try booking Advance tickets – they are generally cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Keen to book? There’s no need to wait around, start your search for cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to find out a bit more about the journey first, you’ll find our train schedule below, as well as tips on booking cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times.

FAQs for Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness

Want to know more about your journey from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness? 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 Inverness take?

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Inverness is 3 hours and 43 minutes, with around 16 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 Inverness by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness is 3 hours and 18 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness can start from as little as $17.97 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 Inverness?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness 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 Inverness leave?

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness leaves at 07:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness leaves at 19:39. 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 Inverness by train?

Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness cover a distance of around 113 miles (181 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness start at $17.97 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 Inverness 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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

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

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