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Train or bus travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

I am a solo senior traveler and will be taking a tour that departs end of May from Edinburgh and ends up in Glasgow. I want to return to Edinburgh and remain to do some touring on my own. My question is what is the best way to travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh? I will have a small backpack and a wheeled duffle bag.

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Thanks for responding, JC. Would you elaborate, please? Is it timetable, comfort, ease of connection, price, travel time, something else?

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Hi, rmgarcia,

I'd go for the train also. It's a much smoother ride, although it's a little bit more than the bus, cost wise. Plus there's generally more room for your luggage. Try to get an off peak fare, if you can. That's the fare outwith commuter hours (generally 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and after 6:00 p.m.). Both the train and the bus run frequently - about once an hour, and often more frequently.

The nice thing about the trains between Glasgow and Edinburgh is that you can sit in the first class section without paying extra. (Not that there's much difference)

Queen Street train station and Buchanan Street bus station (Glasgow) are close by one another, if you decide to take the bus. A lot may depend on where your lodging is in Edinburgh, as most lodging is uphill from the train station, and downhill from the bus station.

best wishes,

Mike (Auchterless)

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Oh, one other thing...should I buy in advance or can I purchase at the station? If online, which website is preferred?

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Hi again, rmgarcia,

You don't need to buy your ticket in advance. Those trains run so frequently, and are never packed, that you can just go up to the ticket window at Queen Street station and purchase your ticket there. There will most likely be a ticket machine, but you'll be better off purchasing from an agent to avoid confusion. There are trains about every 15 or 20 minutes during the day, as they take different routes getting to Edinburgh. Some trains take about an hour; others take about 1 1/4 hours.

Your off-peak one way fare should be around 13 pounds.

Mike (Auchterless)

p.s.: Don't forget that you'll be leaving from Queen Street, and not Glasgow Central.

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There are about 3 to 4 services per hour from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh - but roughly 10 trains every hour from Queen Street