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Getting to Inverness
Dalcross International Airport is 8 miles east of the city. Taxis and car hire are available at the airport. Wireless Internet access. The Jet is a dedicated shuttle bus service between Inverness city centre and Inverness airport and Nairn.
- Aer Arann operates a summer service between Dublin and Inverness.
- EasyJet operates cheap flights from London Gatwick, Luton Airport (about 30 miles north of London) and Bristol.
- Flybe operates services between Inverness and Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, Manchester, Southampton, Stornoway (Lewis), Kirkwall (Orkney) and Sumburgh (Shetland).
- Highland Airways operate an Island Hopper Service linking Inverness with Stornoway (isle of Lewis) and Benbecula.
- Lufthansa will operate a summer service between Dusseldorf and Inverness.
- First Scotrail operates the 4 lines from Inverness railway station:
- south to Aviemore – Perth and then Edinburgh / Glasgow. Connections to Stirling as well.
- east to Aberdeen via Nairn and Elgin
- west to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast near the Skye Bridge
- north via Beauly up the coast to Wick
Savings within Scotland can be made with TravelPass & Rover tickets. For example the Highland Rover allows 4 days unlimited travel out of 8 consecutive days on Highland rail lines plus the Inverness-Fort William-Oban Citylink bus service. The Freedom of Scotland Travelpass allowing unlimited travel throughout the country on trains plus Cal Mac ferries and some bus services is available for 4 days travel out of 8 consecutive days (or for 8 days out of 15). For more details and prices see the special tickets page on the First Scotrail web site.
For further details about UK trains, visit – thetrainline.com for timetables and online booking.
By Bus & Coach
For day trips to Inverness & area from Edinburgh by coach – click here.
For day trips from Inverness by coach to surrounding areas (Loch Ness, Skye, etc.) – click here.
Megabus is a new budget double decker bus service operating between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness. Tickets from as little as £1.
The Scottish Citylink coach network operates the main routes between Inverness and other towns/cities in Scotland (e.g. Fort Augustus, Fort William, Oban, Skye, Ullapool, Wick, Aberdeen, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, etc.). Visit their web site for timetables. You may be able to benefit from the Explorer Pass which offers for unlimited travel between certain dates. Discount tickets (Smart Cards) are available for travellers over 50 and for students aged 16-25.
Stagecoach Buses and Rapsons operate on local routes (e.g. Inverness city centre, Strathpeffer, Beauly, Cromarty, Dingwall, etc.). These timeables can be obtained from Inverness bus station or consult travelinescotland.com
Tim Dearman Coaches operate a service from Inverness to Dingwall, Strathpeffer and Ullapool which then continues northwards to Lochinver, Scourie and Durness (Smoo Cave). This is available Mondays to Saturdays 27th April to September 26th 2009, and Sundays July 5th to August 30th including all holidays. Bicycles can be carried. Departs Inverness bus station at 8.50am, returns to Inverness approx. 7.45pm. You can get hop on / hop off tickets to spread your travels over 6 days to allow you more time to explore. Tel: 01349 883585. See web site for complete timetable.
The Orkney Express Bus operates between Inverness and Orkney via John O’Groats. Every day from 1 May to 2 September. Booking recommended.
Nor’West Tours offers 3 day coach/train travel packages to Orkney from Inverness.
ScotBus operates a daily service from Inverness to Inverewe Gardens (end May – end September) via Achnasheen, Kinlochewe, Gairloch, Poolewe, etc.