Considering a trip to the Scottish capital and looking for more information on the journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh by train? You’ve come to the right place!
Generally, the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh takes around 1h 8m but can take just 45m on the fastest Scotrail services. With around 118 direct trains on this popular route each day, you can make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train as you don’t need to change along the way.
When travelling on this route, you’ll board a train at Glasgow Queen Street station. Once you’ve settled in your seat, you can start to enjoy Scotrail’s onboard amenities, including family-sized tables, power sockets and generous luggage allowances. If you prefer to travel in style, why not upgrade to Scotrail First Class? You’ll take advantage of comfy seats, quieter coaches and complimentary refreshments. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at Edinburgh Waverley station.
Combining the medieval Old Town with the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the perfect place to spend a few days exploring. If you’re a history fanatic, head to Edinburgh Castle and take in panoramic views of the city. If you enjoy hiking, strap on your walking boots and make your way to the top of Arthur’s Seat, a steep hill overlooking the city.
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The average journey time by train between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 1 hour and 7 minutes, with around 120 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 45 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £5.30 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 120 direct trains from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 05:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 23:45. 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.
Trains travelling from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 42 miles (67 km) during the journey.
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 Queen Street to Edinburgh (Waverley) is right for you.
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Getting to Glasgow Queen Street station
After a wonderful day out spent in Glasgow, it was time for me to head back to Glasgow Queen Street station and hop on my train to Edinburgh. The third busiest train station in Scotland, Glasgow Queen Street is only a few minutes away from George Square, which is in the city centre, so it’s super easy to reach.
Travelling with ScotRail
I arrived at the station just five minutes before my train was due to depart. Using the Trainline app, I quickly checked which platform the train was leaving from, got through the ticket gates after showing my eticket to the railway staff and hopped on.
I boarded a ScotRail train and I was so happy to get a forward-facing window seat in Standard Class – seats facing backwards are not for me, they make me dizzy! ScotRail offer plenty of amenities on board, including free WiFi, power sockets and an at-seat catering service so you won’t feel bored at all during your journey.
It took me about 50 minutes to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh – the train stopped at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket before pulling into Edinburgh Waverley station. As soon as you get off your train, you’ll find different exits, which can be confusing, but there are plenty of signs that will help you find your way around. As I was heading to the New Town, I took the Princes Street exit.
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.