Transport links between Glasgow and Edinburgh are fantastic, so if you happen to be visiting one or the other it will be easy enough for you to travel through to the other at a reasonable cost. The two ways of commuting from one to the other is either by bus or train, both of which take just over an hour. Cost difference between these modes of travel can be stark, so if you’re planning the commute then make sure to book your tickets in advance to achieve the cheapest price possible.
The bus service between these two cities can be as often as every fifteen minutes and run twenty four hours a day. During the night they are once an hour, but even at this it’s the cheapest method of travelling to the capital. The bus takes between an hour and fifteen minutes and an hour and a half and costs £7.90 for a single ticket or £10 for both day and open returns. If you’re travelling throughout the UK or just Scotland on a budget, then travelling by bus is definitely the cheapest option for you.
Train travel in Scotland is exceptionally overpriced, so in order to get a deal I would recommend booking the train pretty far in advance. I’ve managed to get a return ticket for as little as £13 by booking in advance, but according to websites like trainline return tickets cost around £25 and a single £14. The train takes just less than an hour to arrive in Edinburgh and is a much more pleasant journey than the bus. It’s spacious, goes through the countryside and has a trolley service.
To drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh will take around an hour. The drive is pretty much a straight road along the motorway. Cars can be hired from as little as £26 per day from trustworthy dealerships like Arnold Clark from their website. Typically, extra costs for car hire can include a pre-authorisation of up to and including £100 which will be refunded into your account within a few working days provided there have been no damages to the vehicle. Petrol for a return trip to St Andrews for a car with a one litre engine will cost you around £20, and could cost anywhere up to £35 for larger cars. If you’re visiting Scotland and have already hired a car, then car hire is definitely the most economical option for you. However, if you’re thinking about renting it just for the trip then it might not be as economical as the bus, and you would need to consider parking spots and the cost of parking for a long period of time in a city centre.
If you are planning on making this short journey, then budget is probably going to be the deciding factor for what method of transport to use. In my personal opinion, the train is the best way to travel – but don’t pay a fortune for it!