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Glasgow>Stirling Bus Reliability vs Train

How reliable is the bus between Glasgow and Stirling? We have timed tickets for Stirling Castle and both modes are equally convenient and get us to Stirling in plenty of time to walk up the hill for our tour. However, the CityLink bus cost is significantly less than the train. Does CityLink have a good reputation for reliability?

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City link is a reliable operator. They are £8 return vs £10.40 on the train. They codeshare with Megabus. Megabus are more expensive, unusually, for this journey.

The cheapest operator is Flixbus, from £2.49 each way + booking fee.

You don't have to walk to the Castle. McGills East Scotland have just started running a HoHo bus in Stirling, which includes the Castle on it's route.

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Thanks! The Flixbus goes to a Park N Ride outside of Stirling... which won't work for us. Good to know that CityLink is reliable AND big thanks for the terrific tip re: HOHO in Stirling. (Oops! That HoHo goes in the opposite direction of the castle. Takes almost 45 minutes to get up the hill, which won't work for us.)

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Road traffic has to take a bit of a detour.

You can walk it within 20 mins from the railway station or 25 from the bus station.

The train is pretty reliable, a bit quicker than the bus and isn't liable to get caught in traffic which is really the bane of many coach journeys in Scotland, particularly in the Central Belt.