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Glasgow to Oban by train

It takes an average of 3h 7m to travel from Glasgow to Oban by train, over a distance of around 60 miles (97 km). There are normally 12 trains per day traveling from Glasgow to Oban and tickets for this journey start from $22 when you book in advance.

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Journey time

From 3h 3m


60 miles (97 km)


12 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $22

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Traveling by train from Glasgow to Oban

Want to visit the unofficial capital of the West Highlands and need more information about the journey from Glasgow to Oban by train? You’ve come to the right place! 

Generally, it takes around 3 hours and 8 minutes to travel from Glasgow to Oban by train, however the fastest services take as little as 3 hours and 3 minutes. You don’t need to worry about making any changes during your journey, as there are around 12 direct trains running from Glasgow to Oban each day.  

On this route, you’ll board a ScotRail train at Glasgow Queen Street station. Once you’ve settled in your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities, such as family-sized tables, power sockets and comfortable seating. Fancy treating yourself? Upgrade to First Class and you’ll take advantage of extra spacious seats and complimentary food and drink. In just over 3 hours, your train will arrive at Oban station.  

Once you’ve left the station, you can begin to explore the local attractions, such as Oban Distillery, St Columba’s Cathedral and McCaig’s Tower and Battery Hill – a hilltop tower with panoramic views.  

Want to save money on your train tickets? Try traveling at Off-Peak times, as tickets are generally cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. To save even more, try to book an Advance ticket – they are usually released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and tend to be a lot cheaper than purchasing on the day of travel.  

Keen to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Oban in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to find out more about the journey, keep reading for train timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.

FAQs for Glasgow to Oban

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

The average journey time by train between Glasgow and Oban is 3 hours and 7 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 Oban by train?

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

How much does the train from Glasgow to Oban cost?

Train tickets from Glasgow to Oban can start from as little as $22 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 Oban?

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

The first train from Glasgow to Oban leaves at 04:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Glasgow to Oban leaves at 18:23. 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 Oban by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow to Oban cover a distance of around 60 miles (97 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Oban

Train tickets from Glasgow to Oban start at $22 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 Oban 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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