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bus vs train (Inverness - Edinburgh/Glasgow route)

I started a new thread since this is more about transportation than itinerary.

Based on our likely itinerary (option A, separate thread), we will need to bus from Inverness to Edinburgh on a Sunday morning. (Our Skye day-tour returns late Sat.). I've been checking the Scotrail site for a couple weeks to try to determine options based on the current posted schedule & rates. VERY limited options on Sunday mornings. And I saw no Advance or Off-Peak fares posted this summer on Sundays (except for 1). That could be due to popularity and they're already sold, or they might not yet have posted (even for June/July?), or perhaps they never offer Advance fare rates on Sunday mornings. I'll gladly be patient and watch for a discounted fare, but don't want to wait in vain either. Anyone know what I should expect for Sunday morning rates?

I also looked at bus travel via CityLink. Better pricing (than Anytime fares), same travel time, more Sunday morning options. First choice was train, but we might easily be convinced to take the bus. Is the scenery the same? Would I need to book well in advance, or would a month advance be sufficient (while we're watching train fares)?

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If Advance tickets are available for particular routes and times in June and July, they will be on sale now.

ScotRail reservable services (which means Advance tickets) are open for Sunday services up to 4 August 2019. Later Sunday dates are yet to go on sale.

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/tickets/advance

You’ll have to wait at least another month before Sundays in September become available.

A Standard class Anytime ticket on Scotrail from Inverness to Edinburgh is £46.00 – that’s the price now and that’s what you’ll pay on the day. It won’t change. The price of Advance tickets will show when (or if) they go on sale.

If you decide to take the bus, booking a month ahead would be fine.