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.
From 3h 13m
113 miles (181 km)
12 trains per day
Direct trains available
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.
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.
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