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Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness by train

It takes an average of 3h 31m to travel from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness by train, over a distance of around 112 miles (180 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness and tickets for this journey start from £8.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 7m
PriceFrom £8.70
Distance112 miles (180 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
Departure stationGlasgow Queen Street
Arrival stationInverness
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsScotRail

Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness train times

Check out the next trains departing from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness for Freitag 7. Mai 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
10:10 On timeglasgow queen street13:25 On timeinvernessPlat. 5 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 15m, direct
10:41 On timeglasgow queen street14:11 On timeinvernessPlat. 2 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 30m, 1 change
12:09 On timeglasgow queen street15:22 On timeinvernessPlat. 5 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 13m, direct
12:39 On timeglasgow queen street16:54 On timeinvernessPlat. 7 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 15m, 1 change
12:45 On timeglasgow queen street16:54 On timeinvernessPlat. 4 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 9m, 1 change
14:39 On timeglasgow queen street19:37 On timeinvernessPlat. 7 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets4h 58m, direct
15:08 On timeglasgow queen street18:26 On timeinvernessPlat. 7 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 18m, direct
16:39 On timeglasgow queen street20:04 On timeinvernessPlat. 4 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 25m, 1 change
18:08 On timeglasgow queen street21:28 On timeinvernessPlat. 6 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 20m, direct
06:40 glasgow queen street10:28 invernessscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 48m, 1 change

Taking the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness

If you want to know more about the journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness by train is 3h 31m, with around 12 trains travelling 112 miles (180 km) between these two destinations daily. There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to your destination. The fastest ScotRail train on this route takes just 3h 7m, during which you can enjoy free WiFi, power sockets, an at-seat catering service and more.

If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time and get a Railcard. You can check ticket prices in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

If you’re feeling ready to book, start a search for cheap train tickets with us today. Want to check if trains are running? Use our timetable to view live train times from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Glasgow Queen Street 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 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness take?

The average journey time by train between Glasgow Queen Street and Inverness is 3 hours and 31 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 Glasgow Queen Street and Inverness by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness is 3 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness cost?

Train ticket prices from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness can start from as little as £8.70 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 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Glasgow Queen Street 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 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness leave?

The first train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness leaves at 06:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness leave?

The last train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness leaves at 18:11. 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 Glasgow Queen Street and Inverness by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness cover a distance of around 112 miles (180 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street.

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness

Train tickets from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness start at £8.70 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.

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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 Glasgow Queen Street 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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Reviewing Glasgow to Inverness by train - Seeing the Highlands up close and personal

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

Travelling through some of the most scenic parts of Scotland, Glasgow to Inverness on the train is a must-see for anyone spending time in Scotland. ScotRail trains leave Glasgow Queens Street station roughly every 30 minutes, taking 3 hours to reach the Highland town. Glasgow Queens Street is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, not scheduled to be completed until 2020. There are plans for a new entrance façade, lengthen platforms to accommodate 8 carriage trains and expansion of the passenger waiting area.

Stopping off at Stirling and Dunblane among others, the sights you see along the way make this one of the most scenic train journeys in all of the UK. ScotRail trains offer all passengers with free WiFi on your journey, allowing passengers for both work and leisure the chance to get on with work or upload some photos of their trip to social media, all for free! There is also a buffet cart that is available at every stop, with snacks and drinks readily there for you to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger. The seats are large and comfortable, making it perfect to sit back and relax in whilst enjoying the views.

The Glasgow to Inverness train takes passengers through the heart of Cairngorms National Park, which is what makes this train journey so spectacular. The rolling hills, which were snow-topped at the time, seemed endless out of the window. It was a welcome change to seeing buildings and plain fields for much of my journey from London to Glasgow. With comfortable seats and a smooth ride throughout, this is one of the most enjoyable train journeys I have been on and is one I would recommend anyone taking.

Arriving at Inverness station

Inverness station is fairly small, considering it provides long-distance trips to as far as London King’s Cross with London North Eastern Railway (LNER). There are seven platforms at the station, primarily used by ScotRail, however, there is also one train per day for Caledonian Sleeper and London North Eastern Railway (LNER). You will find toilets situated near platform one, which cost 30p to use. There are also a number of coffee stands to catch a quick drink from, however, there are very few amenities if you are looking to kill time at the station.

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