The many train stations in Scotland make exploring this beautiful and fascinating country a breeze. Connecting city breaks with countryside escapes or even further abroad, getting to Scotland and travelling its hidden gems couldn’t be simpler. Our guide has all the information you need to make sure your Scottish journey goes off without a hitch.
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There are 359 train stations in Scotland. The railway network spreads across the country, connecting some of Scotland’s most popular spots. The main train stations can be found in Scotland’s major cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen. Below we share some of the top information to know about these stations.
Edinburgh Waverley is one of the oldest train stations in Scotland and has been serving rail passengers since 1846. It’s located right in the heart of the city, near top attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Edinburgh Waverley train station is also a two-minute walk from Rabbie’s cafe where you can enjoy some refreshments before catching one of our small-group tours. For the tour itself, make the easy four-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley past the Melville Monument to our departure point at Edinburgh Bus Station on North St Andrew Square.
Glasgow Central Station is the largest train station in Scotland. Handling around 28 million passengers annually, it’s also one of the busiest train stations in the UK. But just because it’s busy, doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful. Glasgow Central is known for its impressive Victorian architecture which dates back to the station opening in 1879. The station is conveniently located near famous sites such as Glasgow Cathedral and it's also just a 12-minute walk from our Glasgow tours departure point. Simply take the Union Street exit from Glasgow Central Station and head north down Renfield Street. Combining one of our mini-coach tours with your further travel couldn’t be easier.
Some consider Inverness Station the gateway to Scotland’s majestic Highlands. The most northerly city in Scotland, Inverness is certainly a good base from which to explore Scotland’s Highland treasures. Once you arrive at Inverness train station you’re immediately within walking distance of fascinating historical sites such as Inverness Castle, as well as the beautiful banks of the River Ness. What’s more, you’re surrounded by lots of options for food and drink including the popular Mustard Seed restaurant. If you’re heading off on one of our 1-3 day tours from Inverness, you’ll be happy to hear our local departure point is the bus stop next to Inverness Cathedral on Ardross Street, IV3 5NS.
Last but not least, Aberdeen Station is another of the major train stations in Scotland. Located in the very heart of the city, the transport hub has some of Aberdeen’s top attractions on its doorstep, from the Maritime Museum to the must-see William Wallace Statue, which are both within a 15-minute walk. Our mini-coach tours from Aberdeen also depart from right around the corner. You could even pick up a Krispy Kreme donut or a Costa coffee on the way.
There are five main railway routes which connect the train stations in Scotland. These are:
These railway lines form an amazing network that makes it possible to explore all the different sites Scotland has to offer. What’s more, the train journeys are known for being some of the most scenic in the world.
Yes, it’s easy to take a train from London to Scotland and vice versa. Both London King’s Cross and London Euston are connected to Scotland by rail and offer direct train journeys.
If you wish to explore more of Scotland, simply travel up by train and then hop aboard a Rabbie’s tour. Offering trips to many hotspots such as Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye, as well as exploring hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track spots, unlock the beauty of Scotland with a Rabbie’s tour. Not ready to book now? Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest tours and departure points.