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London to Inverness by train

It takes an average of 10h 58m to travel from London to Inverness by train, over a distance of around 444 miles (715 km). There are normally 6 trains per day traveling from London to Inverness and tickets for this journey start from $67.69 when you book in advance.

First train

11:00

Last train

21:30

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Inverness

Journey time

From 8h 4m

Distance

444 miles (715 km)

Frequency

6 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $67.69

Train operators

Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

Traveling from London to Inverness by train

Looking to travel to the capital of the Highlands and need more information on the journey by train from London to Inverness? You’ve come to the right place! 

Usually, it takes around 10 hours and 17 minutes to travel from London to Inverness by train, however the fastest services can get you there in 8 hours and 4 minutes. As there are around 5 direct trains between these two cities each day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along your journey.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll hop on a train at London Kings Cross operated by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). Once you’ve found your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities, such as comfortable seating, luggage storage, free WiFi and power sockets. If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to First Class for more legroom, reclining seats and complimentary food and drink. On this route, you’ll travel through over the Scottish border before arriving at Inverness station. Also, if you want to maximize your time in Inverness, you could take the Caledonian Sleeper night train from London Euston to Inverness.   

Once you’ve exited the station, you can start to visit some of the city’s most popular landmarks, including Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Take a look at our list of things to do in Inverness for more info. If you’d like to explore more of Scotland, check out our guide to 8 of the best day trips from Inverness, such as a trip to Loch Ness (home to the Loch Ness monster?) or Aberdeen.  

Hoping to snap up the cheapest train tickets? Try traveling during Off-Peak hours, because tickets are usually cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. If you want to save even more, keep your eyes peeled for Advance ticket – they tend to be released 12 weeks prior to the day of travel and are usually a lot cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.  

Eager to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Inverness in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep scrolling for train timetables, FAQs and advice on how to find cheaper train tickets.  

FAQs for London to Inverness

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

The average journey time by train between London and Inverness is 10 hours and 58 minutes, with around 6 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 London and Inverness by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Inverness is 8 hours and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Inverness cost?

Train tickets from London to Inverness can start from as little as $67.69 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 London to Inverness?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from London 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 London to Inverness leave?

The first train from London to Inverness leaves at 11:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Inverness leaves at 21:30. 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 London and Inverness by train?

Trains travelling from London to Inverness cover a distance of around 444 miles (715 km) during the journey.

Cheap train tickets from London to Inverness

Train tickets from London to Inverness start at $67.69 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 London 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.

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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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