Edinburgh to Stirling by train

How to travel by train from Edinburgh to Stirling



From Edinburgh Waverley to Stirling

Travel Information

Final Destination: Dunblane (the more frequent services) or Inverness

All trains also call at: Haymarket station

If the starting point of your journey is at the western end of the city centre, you can save time by heading to Haymarket station rather than Edinburgh Waverley, in order to board these trains.

Four good reasons for taking the train from Edinburgh to Stirling:

(1) The stations at both ends of the route have fantastic city center locations.
(2) No need to worry about departure and arrival times on Mondays to Saturdays, as there are two departures in every hour.
(3) The ticketing is uncomplicated, so you won't lose out by booking at the station just before boarding.
(4) The trains are new and rather smart!

Mon-Sat = 2 x trains per hour
Sunday = 1 x train per hour

Plus these services:

ScotRail Inter7City:
Monday = 4 x trains
Tues - Friday = 5 x trains per day
Saturday = 5 x trains
Sunday = 3 x trains

LNER Azuma
Mon - Sat = 2 x trains
Sunday = 1 x train


Book Early and Save: No

ScotRail does not place discounted Advance tickets on sale for train journeys from Edinburgh to Stirling, so you wil pay the same price per departure whether you book ahead online, or purchase tickets at the station just prior to boarding.

Though you can save money by travelling at less busy times when Off-Peak tickets will be available, so on this route you can save money by not departing from Edinburgh between 16:20 and 18:20 when Mondays to Fridays are working days.
Because if you do depart Edinburgh at those times only the more expensive type of Anytime tickets will be available

ScotRail offers ticketing deals when Adults travel with children or in groups
Though there's no need to book ahead online to obtain these discounts - you will be charged the same prices when booking these ticket at the station just before boarding .
If you will be booking these deals at the station it can be less confusing to book in person at a ticket counter, rather than using a ticket machine.

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Good to Know

Note that a variety of trains are now used on this route as the Inter7City services from Edinburgh to Inverness now take the same route as the daily Azuma train from London to The Highlands, so they travel via Stirling.
On the more frequent trains, which terminate at Dunblane, the same 'Express' trains, which are used for the fastest services between Edinburgh and Glasgow, are also used on this route, but they are not branded 'Express'.

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