There's a direct train route from London King's Cross to Inverness using London North Eastern Railway (LNER). Onboard you'll find the buffet car called The Foodbar) usually located either in coach J or H, where you can purchase hot and cold food and drink throughout the day. First Class passengers can enjoy complimentary WiFi, while those seated in Standard can pay a small fee for the service. There's also an alternative route that involves making one change at Edinburgh Waverley, where a ScotRail train will take you on the second leg to the final destination. You can visit our ScotRail page to find out what other onboard services they provide.
The train from London to Inverness takes you through the heart of England, crossing the Peak District and the Lake District before heading into the Lowlands of Scotland. Make sure to grab a window seat so you don't miss out on these amazing views. It doesn’t stop there though, as one of the best sights is saved for last. The crossing of the Forth Rail Bridge outside Edinburgh is a spectacular experience for all. You’ll then get the chance to see Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK, before arriving at Inverness.
The average journey time by train between London and Inverness is 8 hours and 39 minutes, with around 2 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 London to Inverness is 8 hours and 5 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Inverness can start from as little as £38 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 London to Inverness without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from London to Inverness each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Inverness leaves at 10:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Inverness leaves at 12:00. 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 London to Inverness cover a distance of around 444 miles (715 km) during the journey.
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