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Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

It takes an average of 3h 36m to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 113 miles (181 km). There are normally 12 trains per day traveling from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from $17.96 when you book in advance.

First train

03:54

Last train

18:53

Departure station

Inverness

Arrival station

Edinburgh (Waverley)

Journey time

From 3h 13m

Distance

113 miles (181 km)

Frequency

12 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $17.96

Train operators

ScotRail, London North Eastern Railway

Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) for Monday Feb 26th 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
12:48 On timeinverness17:01 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Platform 1 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 13m, 1 change
14:50 On timeinverness18:51 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Platform 1 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 1m, 2 changes
15:35 On timeinverness20:49 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Platform 3 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets5h 14m, 1 change
15:44 On timeinverness20:28 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Platform 1 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 44m, 2 changes
17:26 On timeinverness21:27 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Platform 4 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 1m, 2 changes

Traveling through Scotland from Inverness to Edinburgh by train

Considering a trip to the Scottish capital and need more information on how to take the train from Inverness to Edinburgh? We’ve got you covered! 

On average, it takes around 3 hours and 42 minutes to travel the 113 miles from Inverness to Edinburgh by train. Although, you can get there in as little as 3 hours and 15 minutes on the fastest services. Normally, you’ll find around 12 direct trains running on this route each day, so you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.  

When traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Inverness station operated by either ScotRail or London North Eastern Railway. No matter who you travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as free WiFi and comfortable seating. In just over 3 hours, you will travel through the heart of the Scottish countryside and arrive at Edinburgh Waverley station.  

Once you’ve exited the station, you’ll find yourself in the centre of the Scottish capital. From here, you can walk to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. If you’d like to see more of Scotland, check out our guide to the best day trips from Edinburgh.  

Hoping to take advantage of the cheapest train tickets? Try traveling during Off-Peak times, as tickets are generally cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. If you’d like to save more money, try booking an Advance ticket, they are usually cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Inverness to Edinburgh in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’re not quite ready yet, keep reading for more information about the journey, including train timetables, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs. 

FAQs for Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley)

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

The average journey time by train between Inverness and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 36 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 Inverness and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 13 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as $17.96 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 Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 03:54. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 18:53. 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 Inverness and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

Trains travelling from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness.

Cheap train tickets from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Train tickets from Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) start at $17.96 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 Inverness to Edinburgh (Waverley) 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

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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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