Travel from Inverness to Edinburgh by Bus

Cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness by bus

Updated September 2011

You can get from Inverness to Edinburgh (or Edinburgh to Inverness) by taking the Megabus (Scottish Citylink) buses. The journey is 3 hours and 35 minutes approx. Travelling by bus is the cheapest way to get from Inverness to Edinburgh with very cheap tickets:

  • Starting at £2 for Megabus/Citylink return tickets made up of 2 super single tickets.
  • Megabus/Citylink have the cheapest one-way bus fares, £1 (super single tickets). These are limited in number but most Megabus/Citylink singles for this route cost between £5-£10 if booked far enough in advance.

It's cheaper to travel between Edinburgh and Inverness by bus than it is to travel by train. The cheapest Off-Peak Return train ticket is £48.50. Even the cheapest possible return rail ticket made up of two single fares is £20.60, at least twice as expensive as travelling by Megabus. See our Scottish Megabus / National Express coaches in-depth coach guide.

Tickets and times for Megabus/Scottish Citylink bus services between Edinburgh and Inverness.

Bus timetables for transport between Edinburgh and Inverness

The is a frequent service with buses leaving from Farraline Park Bus Station in Inverness or St. Andrews Bus Station in Edinburgh every hour. Megabus/Citylink operate a daytime and evening bus service. There are no night buses operating on this route.

Megabus/Citylink Inverness buses

Bus times from Inverness to Edinburgh (day/evening buses)

Weekdays Weekend
From Inverness
(buses approx every hour)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
First bus to Edinburgh 07:10 07:10 07:10 07:10 07:10 07:10 07:10 Book bus ticket
Last evening bus to Edinburgh 18:55 18:55 18:55 18:55 18:55 18:55 18:55 Book bus ticket

Bus times from Edinburgh to Inverness (day/evening)

Weekdays Weekend
From Edinburgh
(buses approx every hour)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
First bus to Inverness 08:35 08:35 08:35 08:35 08:35 08:35 08:35 Book bus ticket
Last evening bus to Inverness 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 Book bus ticket

NOTE: the schedule of buses may change without notice. Please double check with the Megabus/Scottish Citylink for the latest travel times for getting to Inverness or Edinburgh.

First and last buses to Inverness (Megabus/Citylink)

First buses to Inverness

  • The first bus to Inverness (weekdays and weekends) leaves St Andrew's Bus Station at 08:35 and arrives at Farraline Park Bus Station at 12:10.

Last buses

  • The last bus to Inverness (weekdays and weekends) leaves St Andrew's Bus Station at 20:45 and arrives at Farraline Park Bus Station at 00:20.

Night buses

  • There are no night buses to Inverness from Edinburgh

First and last buses to Edinburgh (Megabus/Citylink)

First buses to Edinburgh

  • The first bus to Edinburgh (weekdays and weekends) leaves Farraline Park Bus Station at 07:10 and arrives at St Andrew's Bus Station at 10:45.

Last buses

  • The last bus to Edinburgh (weekdays and weekends) leaves Farraline Park Bus Station at 18:55 and arrives at St Andrew's Bus Station at 22:25.

Night buses

  • There are no night buses to Edinburgh from Inverness

How long does it take to get from Inverness to Edinburgh by bus

The journey is 3 hours and 35 minutes approx.

How much does the bus ticket from Inverness to Edinburgh cost

You can buy your Megabus (Scottish Citylink) bus ticket online.

Megabus/Scottish Citylink Bus fares

  • Single ticket: starting at £1 (super single ticket). Limited in number, though most singles start at £5-£10
  • Return ticket: starting at £2 (2 super single tickets). If £1 super singles are sold out then the return bus fare is between £10-£20.

Booking fee of 50p applies.

Book Inverness - Edinburgh bus tickets

Where does the bus between Inverness and Edinburgh stop

The Megabus/Citylink buses go via Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Kinross, Perth, Pitlochry, Dalwhinnie, Kingussie, Aviemore and Inverness.

Full list of bus stops for this route:

  • Edinburgh (St Andrew Square Bus Station, Queensferry St at 9/11, Barnton Junction),
  • Forth Road Bridge Bus stop at Slip Road,
  • Ferrytoll Park & Ride Car Park,
  • Dunfermline (Bus Station, Bus Bay opp. Carnegie College),
  • Duloch Park Fife Leisure Park Bus Stop,
  • Kinross (Park & Ride Car Park, High St at Kirklands Hotel, Bank of Scotland, Loch Leven Health Centre),
  • Milnathort opp Royal Bank,
  • Perth (Edinburgh Rd opp Tesco's, Edinburgh Rd opp South Inch Car Park, Perth Broxden Park & Ride, Leonard St Bus Station, South St at The Tavern),
  • Luncarty Northbound Bus Bay on A9,
  • Birnam (for Dunkeld) Opp. Birnam Hotel,
  • Kindallachan Road End Bus Stop,
  • Ballinluig Road End Bus Stop,
  • Pitlochry (Aldour Bus Stop, Fishers Hotel),
  • Blair Atholl Atholl Arms,
  • Calvine Road End Layby No.56,
  • Dalwhinnie Road End Lay-by,
  • Newtonmore (Clan McPherson Museum, Waltzing Waters),
  • Kingussie (Duke of Gordon Hotel, High St, north end Bus Stop),
  • Kincraig (Highland Wildlife Park, War Memorial),
  • Dalraddy Opp. Caravan Park Entrance,
  • Aviemore (Cairngorm Hotel opp Rail Station, Burnside Bus Stop),
  • Tomatin Road End Lay-by,
  • Inverness (Farraline Park Bus Station)

NOTE: The bus may not stop at some of these on certain services.

Where do the buses leave from?

The Megabus/Scottish Citylink buses travelling between Inverness and Edinburgh leave from the following bus stations:

Address of Farraline Park Bus Station

Farraline Park
Margaret Street
Inverness
Scotland
Postcode: IV1 1NH

Address of St Andrew's Bus Station

St Andrew's Square
Edinburgh
Scotland
Tel: +44 (131) 5556363
Tel: +44 (131) 2253858

No exact postcode has been found for St Andrew's Bus Station in Edinburgh

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