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London to Inverness by train

It takes an average of 10h 23m to travel from London to Inverness by train, over a distance of around 444 miles (715 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from London to Inverness and tickets for this journey start from £46.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 4m
PriceFrom £46.20
Distance444 miles (715 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
First train08:30
Last train21:15
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationInverness
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCaledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

London to Inverness train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Inverness for Tuesday 12th July 2022 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.
07:00 15:22 8h 22m, 2 changes
09:00 17:03 8h 3m, 1 change
10:00 18:26 8h 26m, 2 changes
10:00 19:39 9h 39m, 1 change
12:00 20:07 8h 7m, direct
13:00 21:24 8h 24m, 1 change
14:00 22:39 8h 39m, 2 changes
15:00 23:16 8h 16m, 1 change
16:00 08:31 16h 31m, 1 change
16:30 08:31 16h 1m, 2 changes

Taking the train from London to Inverness

Considering a trip to the “capital of the Highlands” and want to find out more information about travelling from London to Inverness by train? You’ve come to the right place! 

Usually, the train from London to Inverness takes around 8h 39m, but can take just 8h 5m on the fastest services. If you’re travelling on this route, you’ll be taking a London North Eastern Railway (LNER) service, who run around 2 trains between these two cities each day. Once you’re on board the train, you can relax and make yourself comfortable as there are direct services available between London and Inverness. 

Running up the East Coast, LNER’s fleet includes several state-of-the-art Azuma trains. Make sure you grab a window seat, so you can sit back and marvel at the breath-taking views as the train takes you through the heart of England, crossing the Peak District and the Lake District before heading into the Lowlands of Scotland. It doesn’t stop there though, as one of the best sights is saved for the final stretch of the journey. Just outside of Edinburgh, the Forth Rail Bridge offers spectacular panoramic views. Then, you’ll get the chance to see the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK, before arriving in Inverness.  

If you are trying to save money on your trip from London to Inverness, travel Off-Peak, tickets are generally cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Also, get yourself a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. To compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page. 

Keen to book your trip? Start your search for train tickets from London to Inverness with us today. Continue reading for our timetable, where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheaper train tickets. 

Journey details

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 23 minutes, with around 4 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 ticket prices from London to Inverness can start from as little as £46.20 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 London to Inverness?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 4 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 08:30. 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 21:15. 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.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Inverness to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Inverness.

Cheap train tickets from London to Inverness

Train tickets from London to Inverness start at £46.20 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.

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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