Glasgow to Edinburgh Train Tickets



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Discover Scotland’s captivating capital city by booking a trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh by train! Whether you board with ScotRail or CrossCountry high-speed trains, you’ll benefit from ticket flexibility and enjoy quiet comfort as well as vast panoramic views of the Scottish landscape. With frequent departure times available each day, you are given more freedom to travel when it’s most convenient for you.

Your journey by train brings you to Edinburgh, the pride of Scotland. Explore the city’s historic Old Town, with its distinctive cobblestone streets and carefully-preserved gothic buildings. Next, take a tour of New Town, with its stunning Georgian architecture and vibrant public gardens. Other popular points of interest include Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Scottish National Gallery and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Purchase your Glasgow to Edinburgh ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here and you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email afterwards. Use this number to retrieve your physical ticket from a local ticket collection machine and you’ll be set to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh by train!

Journey Details


On average, trains depart every 5 to 10 minutes during peak times and every 20 minutes otherwise, with 165 direct-route departures daily

Travel time

49 minutes (fastest time)

Train stations

Glasgow Queen Street or Central and Edinburgh Waverley

Train features

ScotRail and CrossCountry high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 160km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation, the following fare options may be available:


Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.


Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.


Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class passenger cars have spacious, comfortable seats. Onboard catering services are available, where you can choose from a wide selection of hot or cold drinks, fresh sandwiches, tasty snacks and decadent sweets.

First Class

First Class passenger cars offer luxury seating with added legroom and power outlet access for your laptop or other mobile device. Enjoy a complimentary snack and refreshment when you board and when visiting First Class lounges.
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.
Train Services and Amenities
  • Onboard food and drink catering (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access
  • Power outlets (First Class only)
  • Televised trip information, news and movies
  • Restroom facilities
  • Large storage areas for baggage
  • Priority seating for passengers with special needs
Additional Details

Seat reservations

In most cases, your seat reservation is included when booking your Glasgow to Edinburgh e-ticket. Exceptions include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket Purchase Conditions and Delivery

E-tickets for travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed.
Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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