Trains to Inverness
Cheap Trains to Inverness
"I am legitimately Scottish. I can officially say — yes. Yeah, I am from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland." Karen Gillan
Inverness is at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, across the River Ness on the northern portion of the Great Glen. The town overflows with visitors in the summer looking for the monster at the nearby Loch Ness. The city is worth a visit for a stroll along the river or taking a cruise on the Loch.
Tip 1: Buy your ticket as early as you can
To have the best chance of saving money on train tickets to Inverness it is best to book as early as you can. The train operating companies release advance tickets up to 12 weeks before the departure date so you can search any time from then. These advance fares often sell out quite quickly with high demand, so try to plan ahead so you make sure to get them. If it's not possible to book until the day you travel these tickets can still be bought up until an hour before your train leaves, though they may not still be available.
Tip 2: Try to avoid paying booking fees
When buying a train ticket you will find that lots of retailers charge you when booking. At Split My Fare we don't charge for you to make bookings with us and we don't ask you to pay a credit card fee either. The only charge we make is 10% of any saving you make with us if we manage to help you split your fare.
Tip 3: Refunds are available
If your train is delayed either on departure or when arriving at your destination in Scotland you could be eligible for compensation. The amount of refund available varies depending on the train operating company you are travelling with, so you need to check with them to find out what their policy is, tough some companies will pay out for delays as small as 15 minutes. You can then claim the refund directly from them using the Delay Repay scheme.
Tip 4: Busy routes are more expensive
Ticket prices are mainly based on demand and fluctuate as such. One of the best ways to make savings is to avoid the busier routes and more popular times. The cheapest rail tickets to Inverness can be found outside peak times so try to avoid making your journey during weekends, bank holidays and popular holiday times.
Inverness railway station is located in the city centre, and there are plenty of train services coming from London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. If you want a scenic train ride going to Inverness, take the route from Thurso railway station to Wick railway station. Taking the Caledonian from London Euston station is also a great way to travel to the city, it leaves during the night and arrives the next morning.
Tip 5: When travelling together, book together
If you are having a group holiday in Inverness or visiting with work colleagues you don't need to pay full price for your tickets. Savings can be made with a groupsave discount if 3-9 passengers all book together and travel on the same off-peak trains. You can get 1/3 off your tickets with the discount automatically applied at checkout. If you collect with E-Tickets it is easy to forward these to your group members, avoiding the hassle of passing on lots of paper tickets.
Tip 6: Check if a return fare is cheapest
When travelling by train to Inverness you may need to make a return journey and could automatically think it obvious to book a return ticket. This is not necessarily the cheapest option so it is best to check how much two single tickets cost as they could be cheaper. You don't have to do this work yourself as we will check this for you and provide whichever option is the cheapest.
There are quite a few places worth visiting in Inverness, the most notable being Inverness Castle situated at the end of the western pedestrian zone. Built during 1847 to replace the old medieval castle that got destroyed, the castle is relatively new and houses the Sheriff Court.
Tip 7: Less direct trains make savings
Inverness is a long way North if you are traveling from England, so you may want to break up your journey. Slower trains using a less-direct service can save you money and when it's the cheapest option we will let you know. If you want to get to Inverness as quickly as possible you can select the Fastest Train option to just see these journeys.
Tip 8: Standard isn't always more expensive
On long journeys especially it is nice to have comfort and if you are not going on a sleeper train you can investigate how much it would cost to travel first class. This might not be as expensive as you think as when the demand for these tickets is low prices are reduced, meaning you can sometimes buy a first class ticket at a similar price to a standard fare or even cheaper. This is great as you get more room with bigger seats as well and also free food and drink on your journey all meaning you can arrive at your destination in style.
If you’re into museums and arts, check out the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, which has a fantastic collection of Pictish stones, including historical weapons and wildlife dioramas. Another museum in Inverness is ShipSpace, an interactive and evolving museum showcasing large ships and interesting nautical artefacts. The Old High Church at Church Street is also a must-visit, it’s the oldest church in the city and visitors can take part in a Historic Tour of it every Friday.
Tip 9: Buying a railcard can reduce costs
If you are a regular traveller one of the best ways to get cheap tickets is to purchase a railcard. There are a number of different cards suiting different passengers and you can look at all the options to see if there is a right one for you on the railcard website, railcards can also be bought at any National Rail Ticket Office. They cost as little as £30 annually and some can be bought for £70 for 3 years, most saving you 1/3 off the cost every time you travel. All Train Operating Companies accept railcards and even if you only use the card on a few occasions it can save you money.
If you're travelling to Inverness as a couple, the Two Together discount card can be very handy, It costs just £30 and will save you on average 1/3 off most fares.
If there is a group of you going then the Family and Friends Railcard will be very handy. Children receive a large 60% off their tickets and you can also save 1/3 off most adult tickets. It can be used by up to 4 Adults and 4 Children.
If you happen to be in your 60s or older, then the Senior Railcard will be particularly handy. It again provides 1/3 off most fares, the 1-year railcard is £30 and a 3-year card just £70!
If you're a Disabled Passenger then the Disabled Person Railcard is useful. It costs just £20 a year and offers 1/3 off most train fares.
There are numerous other Railcards available, including the 16-25 , 26-30 and Network Railcard.
Tip 10: Being flexible is key to making savings
If you are willing to make changes to your plans it helps in making your journey cost less. Use our booking engine to assist you and try moving around the day, date or time to see if there are cheaper tickets which could save you money. The more flexible you are and the further in advance you buy your tickets the better the savings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a sleeper train to Inverness?
The Caledonian Sleeper train to Inverness is on the highlander route, running all the way from London.
How do I get to Inverness?
You can get to Inverness from Edinburgh in around 4 hours with trains running regularly from Edinburgh Waverley.
What is Inverness famous for?
Inverness is the main city in the Highlands and is such provides a great gateway to the many Islands.