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Glasgow to Inverness by train

It takes an average of 3h 38m to travel from Glasgow to Inverness by train, over a distance of around 112 miles (180 km). There are normally 12 trains per day traveling from Glasgow to Inverness and tickets for this journey start from $17.12 when you book in advance.

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Journey time

From 3h 7m


112 miles (180 km)


12 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $17.12

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Travel from Glasgow to Inverness by train

Thinking about spending some time in the “capital of the Highlands” and need more information on how to take the train to Inverness from Glasgow? We’ve got you covered! 

Usually, it takes around 3 hours and 31 minutes to travel from Glasgow to Inverness by train, however you can get in there in as little as 3 hours and 7 minutes on the fastest services. Each day, there are around 12 direct trains running on this popular route, so you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a ScotRail train at Glasgow Queen Street station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities such as family-sized tables, power sockets and generous luggage allowances. If you prefer to travel in style, why not upgrade to ScotRail First Class? You’ll enjoy all the benefits of Standard Class, as well as quieter coaches and complimentary refreshments. In just over 3 hours, you’ll arrive at Inverness station.  

As soon as you’ve exited the station, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Inverness. From here, you can reach the city’s most popular landmarks, including Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. If you want to explore more of the local area, check out our guide to 8 of the best day trips from Inverness.  

If you’d like to book the cheapest train tickets, try to travel during Off-Peak times, as tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. If you’d like to save even more, try to book an Advance ticket – they are usually released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and are normally cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.  

Keen to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Inverness in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. To find out a bit more about the journey first, keep reading for train timetables, tips on booking cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.

FAQs for Glasgow to Inverness

Want to know more about your journey from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Inverness take?

The average journey time by train between Glasgow and Inverness is 3 hours and 38 minutes, with around 12 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 Glasgow and Inverness by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to Inverness is 3 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to Inverness cost?

Train tickets from Glasgow to Inverness can start from as little as $17.12 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 Glasgow to Inverness?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Inverness leave?

The first train from Glasgow to Inverness leaves at 06:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Glasgow to Inverness leave?

The last train from Glasgow to Inverness leaves at 19:07. 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 Glasgow and Inverness by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow to Inverness cover a distance of around 112 miles (180 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Inverness to Glasgow.

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Inverness

Train tickets from Glasgow to Inverness start at $17.12 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 Glasgow 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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