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15.01.2020

Transport of Scotland - how to travel around the country by bus and train

Scotland Intercity Bus Transport

How to get to Scotland from England by bus

You can get to Scotland from England by intercity bus, so you can save overnight at the hotel, as buses run both night and day, about seven times a day. The buses are comfortable, double-decker with reclining seats, air conditioning is working intensively inside the bus, so a warm jacket doesn’t hurt.

Intercity Scotland, Bus from England to Scotland outside
Bus from England to Scotland outside
Intercity Scotland, Inside the bus from England to Scotland
Inside the bus from England to Scotland

What is the best way to buy a ticket and what is the price

On a bus company’s website, such as Megabas: uk.megabus.com you can buy tickets at low prices.  If you book in advance, the ticket price may be 13,2 USD = 10.10. GBP if you take it "for tomorrow", then the price may be 48,3 USD = 37 GBP already.  The bus travels from 9 and a half hours to almost 11 hours. See the duration of the trip, as well as possible transfers on the site.

There are other bus companies. Use the search engine www.busbud.com and select the appropriate bus and price.

Buses inside Scotland

In order to travel around Scotland by bus, similar bus companies are used.

From Glasgow to Edinburgh a trip with Megabus costs 4,7 - 15,1 USD = 3.60 - 11.60 GBP for an hour and a half on the way . Buses run between these cities often, so it makes no sense to book in advance.

To the northern city Inverness the trip will cost from 15,9 USD = 12.20 GBP for 4 hours on the road. The buses departure fom Edinburgh every hour. Tickets can also be purchased at the bus station itself, credit cards and cash are accepted for payment.

Left-luggage offices at bus stations

If you want to explore the city lightly, then at the bus stations use individual lockers, A good choice of language on the screen, payment is only with coins. In Edinburgh, a small storage room for 12 hours costs 6,5 USD = 5. GBP a medium sized camera costs 8,5 USD = 6.5 GBP and 10,4 USD = 8 GBP for a large cell. When paying, a ticket is issued and for its loss a fine 7,8 USD = 6. GBP so take care of it.

What else is there at bus stations

Near storage chambers there are usually cells for charging phones, they are also paid, charging in 30 minutes will cost 2 USD = 1.5. GBP and in an hour 2,6 USD = 2. GBP At the stations, toilets are paid 0,39 USD = 0.30. GBP there is a turnstile. Also at the stations there are coin exchangers.

The stations are clean, under the supervision of cameras and with seats for waiting, there are vending machines for drinks and snacks. In Scotland, as well as throughout the UK for your type of outlet, take the appropriate adapter with you.

Intercity Scotland, Edinburgh Bus Station
Edinburgh Bus Station
Intercity Scotland, Left-luggage offices at the bus station
Left-luggage offices at the bus station
Intercity transport in Scotland, bus station, luggage Ticket
luggage Ticket
Intercity transport in Scotland, bus station, cell for charging phones
cell for charging phones
Intercity Scotland, Paid toilet at the station
Paid toilet at the station
Intercity transport in Scotland, Change of coins at the bus station
Change of coins at the bus station

Scottish rail transport and fares

There is a good rail connection on the British island. Visit  www.thetrainline.com on this site you can see the route, find out the fares of trains and compare them with buses.

Sample ticket prices from Edinburgh

So, for example, a trip from London to the capital of Scotland will last only 4 hours by train, but the ticket will cost from 74,4 USD = 57. GBP however, trains run in this direction almost every half hour.

From Edinburgh to Inverness you can get there in 3 and a half hours by paying a minimum of 30,7 USD = 23.50. GBP

To the city Terso the train ride will take about 8 hours and will cost 56,1 USD = 43. GBP

Tickets

Train tickets can also be purchased at the station at the machine. In the photographs you can see the branching of the railway line and approximate prices for travel. For example, a 4-day pass including train and bus trips in Scotland costs 116,1 USD = 89. GBP You can see more detailed information on the website scotrail.co.uk . On the same site you can buy tickets and find interesting events in each city.

Rail transport of Scotland, Scheme of railway routes of Scotland
Scheme of railway routes of Scotland
Rail transport in Scotland, Cost of tickets
Cost of tickets
Scottish Rail, Edinburgh Railway Station
Edinburgh Railway Station
Scotland Railways, Railway Ticket Sales Machine
Railway Ticket Sales Machine
Scottish Rail, example prices from the city of Dundee
example prices from the city of Dundee

Scotland Air Transport

Not all cities have airports, the photo shows the cities where they are. The main attractions of the islands of Scotland are also marked there.

All flight options from your departure city on OneTwoTrip

Scotland Air Transport, Airport Map
Airport Map

Edinburgh and Glasgow City Transport

Public transportation is provided by the Glasgow metro, trams in Edinburgh and buses.

Taxi fares in Edinburgh

  • Jump in a taxi 3,4 - 4,7 USD = 2.6 - 3.6 GBP depending on the time of day
  • For each kilometer 1,4 - 1,7 USD = 1.1 - 1.3 GBP
  • A trip from Edinburgh Airport to the center can cost around 19,6 - 26,1 USD = 15 - 20 GBP
  • Short city trip 6,5 - 13,1 USD = 5 - 10 GBP

Tram in Edinburgh

Tram comfortable with low landing. To open the doors you need to press the button, there is an electronic board with the names of the stops. Very comfortable considering the Scottish accent.

Urban transport in Scotland, Tram in Edinburgh
Tram in Edinburgh

One-time tickets

To travel by tram you need to get a ticket in advance and have time to use it within 30 minutes.

  • One-time travel for adults 2,2 USD = 1.70. GBP for children 1 USD = 0.80. GBP
  • If you are going to the airport, then 7,8 USD = 6 GBP and 3,9 USD = 3 GBP respectively.
  • Two-way ticket 4,2 USD = 3.20 GBP and 2,1 USD = 1.60 GBP for children.

Tickets

If you use a travel card, then after validating it, you must take transport within 30 minutes.

A day ticket is valid for buses and trams costs 5,2 USD = 4 GBP (per child 2,6 USD = 2 GBP ) so if you plan to travel more than twice, then the ticket pays off on the third trip. Travel for a day including a trip to the airport 11,7 USD = 9 GBP adults and 5,9 USD = 4.50 GBP per child.

You can see all travel options on the company’s website edinburghtrams.com

 

Metro in Glasgow

The metro is represented by one circular line, the ticket can be purchased at the machine, you choose the type of trip and pay by credit card or cash.

  • One-time travel costs 2,3 USD = 1.75 GBP for an adult and 1 USD = 0.80 GBP for a child,
  • round trip ticket 4,3 USD = 3.30 GBP and 2 USD = 1.55 GBP for child
  • day pass 5,5 USD = 4.20 GBP and 2,7 USD = 2.10 GBP respectively.
Metro in Glasgow in Scotland, typical subway entrance in Glasgow
typical subway entrance in Glasgow
Metro in Glasgow in Scotland, Ticket machine
Ticket machine
Metro in Glasgow in Scotland, Choose the type of trip
Choose the type of trip
Metro in Glasgow in Scotland, Smartcard
Smartcard

Buses in the towns of Scotland

In small towns, buses are the only transport for citizens. In the photographs, a stand near the stop with a detailed map of routes and bus numbers of the city of Dundee and the bus itself.

Buses in the towns of Scotland, City bus
City bus
Buses in the towns of Scotland, stand near the stop with a detailed map of routes
stand near the stop with a detailed map of routes

Read my review of useful websites to choose the right means of transport for your travel

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  • Prices in Scotland for food at restaurants
  • The cost of food in supermarkets and markets
  • Housing prices
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  • Features of a budget car rental
  • Attractions prices
  • Overview of souvenirs and a gift with prices
  • Archive of prices for past years
  • Prices worldwide

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