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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness by train

It takes an average of 3h 36m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness by train, over a distance of around 113 miles (181 km). There are normally 10 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness and tickets for this journey start from £5 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 19m
PriceFrom £5
Distance113 miles (181 km)
Frequency10 trains per day
First train07:34
Last train19:41
Departure stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
Arrival stationInverness
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsScotRail, London North Eastern Railway

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness for Monday 6th December 2021 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
06:48 edinburgh (waverley)10:28 invernessPlat. 18 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 40m, 1 change
08:35 edinburgh (waverley)12:09 invernessPlat. 17 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 34m, direct
09:36 edinburgh (waverley)13:25 invernessPlat. 17 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 49m, 1 change
10:37 edinburgh (waverley)14:11 invernessPlat. 17 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 34m, direct
11:38 edinburgh (waverley)15:22 invernessPlat. 16 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 44m, 1 change
13:33 edinburgh (waverley)16:54 invernessPlat. 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 21m, direct
14:38 edinburgh (waverley)18:26 invernessPlat. 18 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 48m, 1 change
16:33 edinburgh (waverley)20:07 invernessPlat. 8 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets3h 34m, direct
17:49 edinburgh (waverley)21:28 invernessPlat. 13 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 39m, 1 change
19:41 edinburgh (waverley)23:16 invernessPlat. 16 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 35m, direct

Travelling by train from Edinburgh to Inverness

Want to find out more about taking the train from Edinburgh to Inverness? Look no further.

The train from Edinburgh to Inverness usually takes around 3 hours and 33 minutes but can take just 3 hours and 19 minutes on the fastest direct ScotRail services.

You can also travel with LNER on this route, and whichever operator you travel with, you’ll enjoy comfortable seating, WiFi and onboarding catering on some certain services as Standard.

Once you arrive in Inverness, the station is situated in the heart of the city so you can start exploring straight away.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as money-saving tips like travelling Off-Peak and using a Railcard.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Inverness is 3 hours and 36 minutes, with around 10 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) and Inverness by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness is 3 hours and 19 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness can start from as little as £5 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 10 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness leave?

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness leaves at 07:34. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness leaves at 19:41. 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) and Inverness by train?

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

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Inverness start at £5 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

Book in advance

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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 Edinburgh (Waverley) 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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