Coach is normally the cheapest way to get between Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The primary operator of buses between Aberdeen and Edinburgh is Megabus and their buses normally only take about 30 minutes longer than the train. Megabus coaches leave from Guild Street bus station in Aberdeen and take approximately 3 hours to get to Edinburgh. There are 13 coaches per day – the first one leaves at 06:35 and the last coach is at 19:15. A single ticket costs from 1 GBP - 10 GBP, depending on how far in advance you book. You can book Megabus tickets online.
Once you’ve booked, you’ll be issued with a reservation number that you need to show to the driver before you board. You can also get this number sent by text to your mobile phone for a small fee. You can change your Megabus ticket up to 24 hours ahead of your scheduled travel date for a 1 GBP fee plus any difference in ticket price.
Trains depart Aberdeen for Edinburgh roughly once or twice an hour. The journey takes around 2 hours 40 minutes. An off-peak return fare is 37 GBP, but if you book ahead it is possible to get two singles from about 10 GBP each way.
The UK train ticketing system is notoriously complicated. It is usually cheaper to buy your tickets up to 6pm on the day before you travel than on the day. And fares are more expensive if you travel before 09:30. You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines on the main concourse. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.
If you are travelling to or from an International destinations such as Paris, Warsaw or Amsterdam you may be interested in looking at Eurolines who connect 41 European cities and over 500 destination across Europe. Eurolines cheapest fare is 15 GBP between cities with their funfare promotion. You can also buy a 15 day unlimted bus pass for Europe for as little as 175 Euros. For details download the Eurolines European Bus Pass
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