With direct flights, buses and trains getting from London to Inverness is easy, although you have to make your choice between speed and price. Flying is fastest and most expensive, going by bus is the cheapest and slowest.
London to Inverness by Plane
Airways has a daily direct flight from London Heathrow to Inverness, providing quick
direct access from London to the Scottish Highlands. British Airways also has
flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen, as well as to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
time is 90 minutes. At the time of writing flights leave London in the morning, arriving in time for
lunch, and the plane turns round and flies the return journey after a short
wait. Check the British Airways website for the current situation, though.
Airportis about 13 kms (8 miles) northeast of the
city centre, close enough to take a taxi in or to catch the bus operated by
takes you to Strothers Lane, alongside the main bus station and close to the
train station. There is no train station at the airport. Buses run roughly
every 30 minutes and the journey time is also about 30 minutes. A taxi should
take a little less, depending on the traffic - which can be bad in the city
centre at busy times of day.
also several car rental companies at the airport. Other companies will also
arrange to deliver and collect a hire car at Inverness Airport. Facilities in
the terminal include a cafe, a restaurant/bar, an information desk and some
London to Inverness by Train
various options for getting to Inverness from London's King's Cross or Euston stations
by train. You can change in Edinburgh (see London to Edinburgh by Train), in
Glasgow (see London to Glasgow) or Dundee. Allow 8-10 hours for the
journey, and trains run about once an hour during the day - occasionally more,
sometimes less frequently.
are, however, occasional direct trains from London to Inverness. Journey time
during the day is about 8 hours and on the overnight train about 11-12 hours.
Caledonian Sleeper service from London means you sleep through the night and
wake up in Scotland, seeing some of the Highlands scenery over an early
breakfast, arriving in Inverness at about 8.30am. Single and twin-berth cabins
are available, all non-smoking, and with a wash basin and shaver point. More
comfortable first class cabins are also available. If planning to travel with
children see the Sleeper Trains section of the ScotRail website.
Inverness Train Station
Railway Station is right in the centre of town, with taxis to take you to local
hotels and guesthouses, if it's too far to walk, and the bus station is only a
1-minute walk from the train station.
London to Inverness by Bus
has several overnight coaches from London's Victoria Station to the bus station
in Inverness, with different routes, prices and journey times. At the time of
writing the buses leave from about 10pm-midight and arrive in Inverness at
11.23am or 12.25am the next day, with a journey time of 12.5 to 13.5 hours.
Express currently has one coach per night leaving London Victoria Coach Station
at 11pm and travelling to Inverness without changes but with several stops,
arriving in Inverness by noon the next day with a journey time of just under 13
hours. Inverness coach station is in the centre of the city, adjacent to the train
return journey currently leaves at 6.15pm and arrives in London by 7am the next
morning. Check the National Express website for current times and prices.
Driving from London to Inverness
is 569 miles from London by road, and driving from London to Inverness takes at
least 10-11 hours, plus stops. There are several alternative routes, but not a
lot to choose between them and it will be a matter of luck, road works and traffic
flow on the day as to which way gets you there fastest.
go via the M40 and M6 into Scotland, or take the M1 and then the M6, or the M1
and then the A1 and A1(M). Once beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow, you aim for the
A9 which takes you all the way to Inverness. Take care driving, as the road has
a bad reputation for accidents.