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Getting from Inverness Airport to City Centre

Inverness is a vibrant city, considered a Scottish gem by many. It offers a true experience of the Highlands with its intriguing castles, unique nature and long history. It is a city packed with tradition, amazing views, great whisky and heart-warming food.

The airport is located 15 km from the city with decent connections. You can either take a taxi from Inverness Airport to the city centre or opt for the bus. The cheapest way is to get a public bus from Inverness Airport to the city centre, which takes around 40 minutes and costs £5.00 (€6.00) per passenger. The quickest and most convenient way is to get an Inverness airport taxi or private transfer and reach your destination in approximately 20 minutes, for approximately £25 (€30).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €30 20min 24/7
Bus €12 40min 06:32–23:08

How to get from Inverness Airport to City Centre by taxi

The fastest and most comfortable way to get from Inverness Airport to Inverness city centre is to get an airport taxi or private vehicle and enjoy a stress-free, 20-minute, top quality transfer to your destination in a luxury vehicle that suits your travel needs.

Taxi fare from Inverness Airport to Inverness

There is no set fare from Inverness Airport to Inverness city centre. If you opt for a taxi from Inverness Airport to the city centre, ask your driver to use the taximeter. Local drivers are known to use them without prompting, so if that is not the case, don’t start the ride. The estimated cost for a vehicle suitable for up to 4 passengers is £25.00 (€30.00). The cost does depend on several factors, i.e. the time of day you travel and the traffic en route to your destination.

Cost

£25 (€30)

Trip Duration

20 min

*Night rates are around £30 (€36) but your final taxi fare may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Inverness Airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

Taxis can be found outside the terminal building at the dedicated taxi zone, and they are available 24/7.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Inverness Airport to the city centre is easy, convenient and stress-free. No need to walk to a nearby station, no need to wait around in the cold carrying heavy luggage. Your driver will take you straight from Inverness Airport to Inverness city centre and your exact accommodation.

Editor’s Note

Peak time travelling will affect the cost of your journey as it will take longer to reach your destination.

Useful Tips

Taxis in Inverness are not colour coded. You will spot a taxi by the logos and phone numbers printed on the vehicle.
Taxi drivers do not expect a tip. If, however, you are happy with the service you received, tipping will be seen as a kind gesture.
If you wish to pay by card, you should check with your driver before starting your ride if that can be accommodated as not all taxis in Inverness accept card payments.

How to get from Inverness Airport to City Centre by bus

There is also a direct bus from Inverness Airport to the city centre, running every 30-40 minutes. Stagecoach bus 11/11A/11B that runs from Ardersier to Inverness makes a stop at the airport. It’s worth noting, that the service on Sundays is much less frequent than the rest of the week. It takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the centre by bus, but if you are on a budget, it’s a great travelling option.

Bus fare from Inverness Airport to Inverness

A one-way bus ticket from Inverness Airport to Inverness city centre costs £5.00 (€6.00), with a contactless payment option available onboard.

Cost

£5 (€6)

Trip Duration

40

*Depending on the time of day and day of the week buses run every 30 to 40 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Buses are available from 06:32 to 23:08 Mon-Fri. The operating service differs on Saturdays and Sundays, so it's best to check the latest timetable before you travel.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can take the bus from the designated Bus section, outside the airport terminal building.

Convenience

Taking a bus from Inverness Airport to the city centre is a cheap and relatively easy way to travel if you don’t mind a bit of waiting time – you might need to wait up to 40 minutes to an hour for your bus transfer. Although not very frequent, the bus service is reliable and easy to access.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus from Inverness Airport to Inverness city centre is a budget-friendly option, but you will need to allow for extra travelling time.

Useful Tips

You can pay using your contactless credit/debit card when you board the bus, although bear in mind American Express is not currently accepted.
There are luggage racks available on the buses, but finding space can be a challenge during peak travel times.
On Sundays, the bus service is less frequent, so it is good to plan for your transfer a little ahead of time.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Inverness airport to Inverness?

You can take a bus or a taxi to reach Inverness city centre from Inverness airport. The bus is cheaper at £5.00 (€6.00) per passenger, and relatively easy to get, but if you’re travelling with a group of people, taking a comfortable Inverness airport taxi will cost you pretty much the same, whilst offering a faster, much easier transfer option.

How much is a taxi from Inverness airport to the city centre?

The taxi fare from Inverness airport to Inverness is around £25 (€30) for up to 4 passengers, whilst if you’re travelling late at night, the ride will cost you £30 (€36). Having said that, that is just an average cost, as the final fare will be calculated using a taximeter based on the exact distance and time travelled.

To benefit from a competitive fixed fare you can rely on and guarantee an Inverness airport pickup at your time of preference, it is recommended to pre-book your ride with Welcome Pickups.

How much is the bus from Inverness airport to Inverness?

To get from Inverness airport to Inverness city centre by bus you should expect to pay £5 (€6) per passenger (one-way) on Bus 11/11A/11B.

How far is Inverness airport from the city centre?

Inverness city centre is 15 km southeast of Inverness Airport. It should take approximately 20 minutes to reach by taxi or private vehicle and around 40 minutes by bus.

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