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The train from Inverness to Thurso usually takes 4 hours 1 minute on average to travel 81 miles (130 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 3 hours 43 minutes. You can expect to find 9 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Thurso, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. All or part of your journey will be served by ScotRail, as they are the main operator of trains on this route.
You can save money on train tickets from Inverness to Thurso if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £14.00. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
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The average journey time by train between Inverness and Thurso is 3 hours and 50 minutes, with around 9 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 Inverness to Thurso is 3 hours and 43 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Inverness to Thurso can start from as little as £14 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 Inverness to Thurso without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Inverness to Thurso each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Inverness to Thurso leaves at 06:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Inverness to Thurso leaves at 18:31. 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 Inverness to Thurso cover a distance of around 81 miles (130 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 Inverness to Thurso is right for you.
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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