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From Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow: By Taxi or Bus

When you’re arriving in a new city, it’s always better to plan your arrival ahead of time. So we’ve broken down all the possible transfer options to make things a little easier for you. There are three transfer options to get from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow; taxi, bus or train.

Choosing an Edinburgh taxi is the quickest transfer option, taking just 45 minutes to drive the 64 km separating Edinburgh and Glasgow. Your second transfer option is to take one of the two airport shuttle buses, called the Megabus or the Citylink Air bus. Both buses take around 50 minutes to reach Glasgow. Alternatively, for a seamless arrival with no hidden costs and a fully personalised transfer service, you can pre-book a private transfer with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups.

You can still use Welcome throughout your stay as we frequently operate various routes from Edinburgh Airport or anywhere in the city including; Dundee, St Andrews and Edinburgh city centre.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Edinburgh at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €86 45min 24/7 Book
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Taxi €69.80 45min 24/7
Bus €23.20 60min 01:26–03:56
Train €50 90min 05:27–23:44

How to get from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow by taxi

Taking a taxi from Edinburgh Airport (EID) is the easiest and most comfortable way to get to Glasgow. Your airport transfer should take around 45 minutes in light to normal traffic and will cost around £60 (€69.80), depending on your final destination within the city.

Taxi fare from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow

Taxis at Edinburgh Airport do not offer a flat rate to Glasgow, thus the rate is calculated using a taximeter and based on the distance travelled. The total cost of the journey might vary depending on the traffic you encounter and your exact destination. A typical trip from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow by taxi should cost around £60 (€69.80).

For the peace of mind of a set fare, pre-book your Edinburgh Airport transfer with Welcome Pickups and take advantage of our door-to-door pickups, 24/7 customer support and app.

Cost

€69.80

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Edinburgh Airport

Where do I get it from?

Taxis at Edinburgh Airport are all black with a clear taxi sign. You can easily find them lined up on the ground floor, outside of the arrivals terminal.

Convenience

There is no better way to enjoy the journey from the airport to your hotel than in a comfortable, air-conditioned taxi or private transfer vehicle. The convenience of a door-to-door experience allows for a stress-free arrival so that you can get your trip off to the best start,

Editor’s Note

All taxis in Glasgow calculate their fee using a taximeter, based on the distance travelled. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the meter has been reset when entering a taxi.

Useful Tips

Standard taxis can only fit 4 people, if you're travelling with a larger group you may need two taxis or a bigger car.
Taxis at Edinburgh Airport only accept Pound Sterling (GPB), thus, it is important to carry the local currency in cash on you.

How to get from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow by bus

There are two different airport shuttles when travelling from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow, the Megabus and the Citylink Air Glasgow 900. A one-way ticket on the Megabus costs £9.99 (€11.60) and a one-way on the Citylink costs £14.80 (€17.20). Both buses take around 60 minutes to reach Glasgow in normal traffic conditions, both stopping at Buchanan Bus Station in central Glasgow.

How much is the bus from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow?

The cost of your journey will depend on the bus company you choose to travel to Glasgow with. A one-way ticket on the Megabus AIR bus costs £9.99 (€11.60), however, the price can drop drastically when purchased in advance online. A one-way ticket on the Citylink Air Glasgow 900 bus costs £14.80 (€17.20) and you can also buy your ticket on their official website. In addition, you can pay on board either bus by handing the exact cash fare to the driver or using contactless card payment.

Cost

€11.60

Trip Duration

60 Min.

There is a waiting time of up to 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Both buses are available 24/7 from Edinburgh Airport, running every 30 minutes or so.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the Edinburgh Airport bus station on the ground floor, outside the arrivals hall. The large dark blue Megabus stop is at stand C and the silver and blue Citylink bus is located at Stop D in the bus station.

Convenience

Buses from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow operate nearly 24/7 and both buses have ample luggage storage. That being said, all that is left for you to do is to sit back and relax, knowing that everything is being taken care of.

Editor’s Note

Both buses from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow stop at Buchanan Bus Station, where you can then switch to a different bus line in order to reach your final destination.

Useful Tips

The Megabus AIR bus has a luggage allowance of 20kg per person.
Tickets for the Citylink Air bus can drop in price if purchased online, over 48 hours in advance.
There are USB charging points and WiFi available on both buses.

How to get from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow by train

Getting from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow by train is not as convenient as other transportation options as the service is not direct and it takes about an hour and a half due to multiple modes of transport. First of all, you’ll need to catch the tram from the airport to get to either Edinburgh Park or Haymarket. Both of these lines run frequently to Glasgow. From here, you’ll be able to board the ScotRail train which will take you straight to Glasgow Queen Street.

How much is a train from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow?

You’ll need to buy two tickets for this option. An airport single tram ticket will cost about £7.50 (€8.70) and the cost of an off-peak single journey from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow is approximately £14 (€16.30).  Booking online can get you a better price though. The total cost of this route should cost you about £21.50 (€25) You can buy combined tickets for tram and train at the vending machines at arrivals, in rail stations, or online.

Cost

€25

Trip Duration

90 Min.

Trams run between the airport and the main Edinburgh stations every 7 minutes between 7am and 7pm.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

ScotRail trains run from 05:27 until 23:44.

Edinburgh Airport’s tram stop is located right outside the main terminal next to the plaza and Edinburgh sign. Once you’ve arrived at Edinburgh Park or Haymarket, just follow the signs to the train station.

Convenience

Using the tram and train services to get from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow city centre isn’t the most convenient option as the services don’t run 24/7 and you’ll have to deal with waiting times and changeovers.

Editor’s Note

You'll guarantee better prices if you book online in advance or use ScotRail's app.

Useful Tips

Airport tram return tickets are completely open-ended, so it'll be valid for use at any time, even a year from now.
Remember to buy tickets before boarding the trams. You can get them from vending machines in the airport and at any tram stop.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Edinburgh. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Frequently asked questions

What is the cheapest bus from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow?

Two bus companies run from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow, the Megabus and the Citylink Air bus. The cheapest option is a one-way ticket on the Megabus, costing £9.99 (€11.60), whereas a one-way ticket on the Citylink costs £14.80 (€17.20). You may purchase discounted tickets for both airport shuttles when purchased in advance online.

How much is a taxi from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow?

Taxis at Edinburgh Airport calculate their fees using a taximeter, and not on a set rate. The approximate cost for this 64 km journey is around £60 (€69.80).

For the peace of mind of a set fare with no hidden costs, pre-book your Edinburgh Airport transfer with Welcome Pickups and enjoy our door-to-door pickups, 24/7 customer support and app.

Do I have to pre order a taxi from Edinburgh Airport?

No, you don’t have to pre-order a taxi from the airport. However, if you’d rather have a set-rate fare with no extra costs, booking a private transfer in advance is always a good option.

Is there a direct train from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow?

There is no direct train from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow. However, you can use the tram service to connect to various train stations. To get to Glasgow centre, you’ll need to catch the tram from the airport towards Edinburgh Park or Haymarket. Both of these lines run frequently to Glasgow.

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