Aberdeen, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Aberdeen to Edinburgh: Cheapest Travel Options

Citylink has the cheapest bus ticket from Aberdeen to Edinburgh for only £11.1, on a trip of approximately 2h 57m duration.

Choose ScotRail trains with fares starting from £28.73. Travel time approximately 2h 41m.

CompaniesDeparturesDurationServicePrice
Citylink
2h 57mfrom£11.10
Megabus
2h 58mfrom£14.36
ScotRail
2h 41mfrom£28.73
London North Eastern Railway (LNER)
2h 34mfrom£31.26
CrossCountry
2h 24mfrom£31.26

Save £20.16 if you travel with Citylink!

We have selected the cheapest, fastest and earliest schedules for your trip to Edinburgh. More than 61 schedules for your trip.

  • Citylink

    Cheapest

    bus
    2h 57m
  • ScotRail

    Fastest

    train
    2h 17m
  • ScotRail

    Earliest

    train
    2h 32m

Bus from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

The bus trip from Aberdeen to Edinburgh takes approximately 3h 16m duration and covers a distance of about 150 km. There are usually 44 buses traveling daily to Edinburgh and you can find the cheapest tickets starting from £11.1 if you buy in advance on the internet.

Distance150 km
Price£11.1
Frequency44
Fastest2h 57m

Train Aberdeen to Edinburgh

It takes an average of 2h 32m to travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train, covering a distance of about 150 km. There are usually 17 trains traveling daily from Aberdeen to Edinburgh and tickets for this journey start from £28.73 when you book in advance.

Distance150 km
Price£28.73
Frequency17
Fastest2h 17m

Saving Money

Cheapest Bus

The cheapest bus ticket from Aberdeen to Edinburgh is a regular seat, one-way trip, when booked in advance. Buying on the day of travel is usually more expensive and may include additional costs that can vary depending on the time of day and bus class.

Cheapest Bus
Book in advance.
Most companies sell bus tickets about three to six months in advance. If you already have your travel date set, search as early as possible to save money.
Be flexible with your travel times.
Many companies increase ticket prices during "peak hours" (usually between 06:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 19:00 on weekdays). If possible, choose to travel outside of these hours to find cheaper tickets and save money.
Check connections.
On some of the busiest routes, you may also have the option of taking a slower or connecting transportation. It may take a little longer, but if you have a bit more time available, you may find a cheaper ticket.

Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules.

Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times.

Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey.

Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people.

Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi.

Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry.

Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals.

Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board.

Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey.

Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly.

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Best Travel Options

Embarking on a journey from Aberdeen to Edinburgh? Whether by bus, train, or car, each mode offers unique benefits:

Travel Time: Swift train rides take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, whereas bus and car journeys are longer, averaging around 3 hours, ideal for those who prefer a more leisurely pace.

Cost: Buses come out on top in terms of affordability, while trains offer a mid-range price point. Driving can be economical for groups sharing the cost of the trip.

Experience: Trains and buses allow you to sit back and enjoy the views, with trains offering a faster, comfortable ride. Driving gives you the freedom to explore along the way.

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Best Travel Options

Bus vs Train

Exploring the main contrasts between bus and train trips from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, key aspects stand out:

Efficiency and Speed: Train rides are typically quicker, clocking in at 2-3 hours, making them suitable for time-sensitive itineraries.

Cost and Accessibility: Buses serve as an economical option, frequently allied with an expansive window view of the passing Scottish panorama.

Amenities and Comfort: Both modes provide essential amenities like Wi-Fi and power sockets, with trains offering added dining options for convenience.

Bus vs Train

Frequently asked questions

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Cheapest Travel Options

Zip through the Scottish landscape from Aberdeen to Edinburgh using Megabus and National Express, with prices ranging from a mere £10 to £20. Seek comfort and swiftness with trains operated by ScotRail and LNER, where you can catch a ride for approximately £20 to £50. Tie your journey together with convenience and scenic views or enjoy pocket-friendly fares without sacrificing quality.

Dive into the best travel deals and choose the smart way to travel that suits your style. Families can relish in cost-effective bus journeys, while business travelers might prefer the speed of train travel. Budget-savvy explorers and groups can split the fare with car-sharing services, making each journey a new adventure tailored to your travel needs and financial ease.

Cheapest Travel Options

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