Travel from Inverness to Glasgow by Bus

Cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Inverness by bus

Updated September 2011

You can get from Inverness to Glasgow (or Glasgow to Inverness) by taking the National Express coaches. The journey is 3 hours and 30-40 minutes approx. Travelling by bus is the cheapest way to get from Inverness to Glasgow with very cheap tickets:

  • Starting at £2 for Megabus/Citylink return tickets made up of 2 super single tickets.
  • Starting at £24.40 for National Express return 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 £4.50-£10 if booked far enough in advance.

It's cheaper to travel between Glasgow and Inverness by bus than it is to travel by train. The cheapest Off-Peak Return train ticket is £45.80. 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 Megabus and National Express coaches in-depth guide.

Tickets and times for National Express bus services between Glasgow and Inverness.

Bus timetables for transport between Glasgow and Inverness

The is a frequent service with buses leaving from Farraline Park Bus Station in Inverness or Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow almost every hour. Megabus/Citylink and National Express 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 Glasgow (day/evening buses)

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

Bus times from Glasgow to Inverness (day/evening)

Weekdays Weekend
From Glasgow
(buses approx every hour)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
First bus to Inverness 08:40 08:40 08:40 08:40 08:40 08:40 08:40 Book bus ticket
Last evening bus to Inverness 20:55 20:55 20:55 20:55 20:55 20:55 20:55 Book bus ticket

National Express coaches (NX592, NX538, NX590)

NOTE: These are long distance coaches from London to Inverness which stop in Glasgow.

Bus times from Glasgow to Inverness (day/evening coaches)

Weekdays Weekend
From Glasgow
(only 2 coaches a day)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
First bus to Inverness 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30 Book bus ticket
Last evening bus to Inverness 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 Book bus ticket
Night bus to Inverness - - - - - - - Book bus ticket

Bus times from Inverness to Glasgow (day/evening)

Weekdays Weekend
From Inverness
(only 2 coaches a day)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
First bus to Glasgow 06:30 06:30 06:30 06:30 06:30 06:30 06:30 Book bus ticket
Last evening bus to Glasgow 18:15 18:15 18:15 18:15 18:15 18:15 18:15 Book bus ticket
Night bus to Glasgow - - - - - - - Book bus ticket

NOTE: the schedule of buses may change without notice. Please double check with the National Express for the latest travel times for getting to Inverness or Glasgow.

First and last buses to Inverness (Megabus/Citylink)

First buses to Inverness

  • The first bus to Inverness (weekdays and weekends) leaves Buchanan Bus Station at 08:40 and arrives at Farraline Park Bus Station at 12:10.

Last buses

  • The last bus to Inverness (weekdays and weekends) leaves Buchanan Bus Station at 20:55 and arrives at Farraline Park Bus Station at 00:20.

Night buses

  • There are no night buses to Inverness from Glasgow

First and last buses to Glasgow (Megabus/Citylink)

First buses to Glasgow

  • The first bus to Glasgow (weekdays and weekends) leaves Farraline Park Bus Station at 07:10 and arrives at Buchanan Bus Station at 10:50.

Last buses

  • The last bus to Glasgow (weekdays and weekends) leaves Farraline Park Bus Station at 18:55 and arrives at Buchanan Bus Station at 22:30.

Night buses

  • There are no night buses to Glasgow from Inverness

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

The journey is 3 hours and 30-40 minutes approx.

How much does the bus ticket from Inverness to Glasgow cost

You can buy your coach ticket online for both National Express.

Megabus/Scottish Citylink Bus fares

  • Single ticket: starting at £1 (super single ticket). Limited in number, though most singles start at £4.5-£10
  • Return ticket: starting at £2 (2 super single tickets). If £1 super singles are sold out then the return bus fare is between £9-£20.

Booking fee of 50p applies.

Book Inverness - Glasgow bus tickets

National Express fares

  • Single ticket: starting at £19.20
  • Return ticket: starting at £24.40

Book Glasgow - Edinburgh National Express coach tickets

Where does the bus between Inverness and Glasgow stop

The Megabus/Citylink buses go via Glasgow, Stirling, Dunblane, Perth, Pitlochry, Dalwhinnie, Kingussie, Aviemore and Inverness.

Full list of bus stops for this route:

  • Glasgow (Buchanan Bus Station),
  • Cumbernauld Town Centre North,
  • Stirling (St Ninians Roundabout, Goosecroft Bus Station, Kildean opp 184 Drip Rd),
  • Dunblane (Police Station, Perth Rd at Cemetery Rd),
  • Gleneagles A9 opp Station Road End
  • Perth (Glasgow Rd Broxden at Lamberkine Drv, 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 and National Express coaches travelling between Inverness and Glasgow leave from the following bus stations:

Address of Farraline Park Bus Station

Farraline Park
Margaret Street
Inverness
Scotland
Postcode: IV1 1NH

Address of Buchanan Bus Station

Killermont Street
Glasgow
Scotland
Postcode: G2 3NP
Tel: +44 (141) 353 2141

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Museum of Transport

Glasgow's Museum of Transport is a great place to visit. There is a wide range of modes of transport on display, including a large range of cars (from very early models right up to modern racing cars), bicycles and motorbikes, beautifully restored trams and buses, steam locomotives and a collection of model ships. As well as all of this there is a cobbled 1930s model street (Kelvin Street). This has always been one of my favourite parts of the museum. It has a subway station (including a subway car in the old livery), butchers, cafes and shops (including a toy shop with wooden toys and old meccano in the window display). It also has a small working cinema where they show old films of some of the exhibits while they were still working (it's interesting to see Glasgow with trams running through it), and on Sundays they show cartoons for children. They are planning to move the museum to a new bigger site by the Clyde in the spring of 2011. As with all the Glasgow council run museums it's free.

Charles Rennie MackIntosh

Charles Rennie MackIntosh certainly left his mark on Glasgow with several buildings designed in his distinctive style. In addition to his architecture he is known for his furniture design and art nouveau paintings. Interestingly the paintings are all signed with the initials 'CRM' . This was also the initials of his wife and noone knows for certain which pieces were produced by either wife or husband. It is possible to get a day ticket for all the buildings, including transport between the buildings and this makes for a very good day out for anyone interested in architecture, history, art or simply 'pretty things' like myself.

City Chambers

The City Chambers were designed by William Young in 1880, and was one of the 19th centureies finest public buildings. It took seven years to build and craftsmen were brought from Italy and France to complete the building of this important building. A great deal of extravagence was lavished upon the project and today this can still be seen by looking at the ornate facade on the west face of the building. Inside, there is a wonderful marble staircase, banqueting halls with wonderfully orante plasterwork, alabaster and mahogany fittings; not forgetting the art works on view. There are daily public tours, and sometimes the inetriors can been seen unknowning appearing in some film or other - generally playing the part of the Vatican or the Kremlin.

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