Getting to Linlithgow

By Cycle

Bike & Go is a cycle hire service. Once registered, visitors can then hire a bike cheaply at any Bike & Go location across the country.  Bike & Go bikes can be found at Linlithgow Station and hired via the station booking office.

The remarkable Union Canal runs through the heart of Linlithgow.  A National Cycle Network route (754), the canal towpath runs from Falkirk to Edinburgh. For strategic cycle routes, try Sustran’s online mapping.

On Foot

Once in Linlithgow, you can plan your trip on foot at or the WalkIt app.

The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles or 215 km across Scotland’s heartland, running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast and Muir’s birthplace. It passes through Linlithgow, and offers a cycling and walking route alternative.

By Bus

The 38 links Linlithgow to Edinburgh and Stirling whilst the 31 links to Bathgate, Livingston and intervening towns and villages.. Linlithgow’s local bus (L1) runs an hourly circular route in town. The 45 links to Bo’ness.

Don’t forget to book your taxibus service from Linlithgow to travel to Beecraigs Country Park without a car. Taxibus 7 runs on-demand hourly from 7.30am to 7.30pm, from any bus stop on Linlithgow High Street between the West Port and the Cross. It must be pre-booked - call All the Fours on 01506 44 44 44.

For all your public transport journey planning, head to or call 0871 200 22 33.

To find out when your bus is due, head to or download the mobile app.

PLUSBUS is a discount price bus pass that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office or online. A Linlithgow PLUSBUS ticket gives you unlimited bus travel on participating operators’ services, around the whole urban area of Linlithgow town and to/from Bo’ness.

Don’t forget to buy your ONE-TICKET for unlimited travel on bus and rail in East Central Scotland. Head to

Local Map

For a useful local town map showing bus stops, walking and cycling routes, head to the community map or ask for a “Love Linlithgow – Smarter Travel Choices” map leaflet at the Burgh Halls Visitor Information or Linlithgow Rail Station.

Fast and Frequent Service

Linlithgow is well served by fast and frequent trains connecting the town with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Falkirk.

Normal journey times are as follows:

Linlithgow StationPlatform 1

Edinburgh - 20 minutes (4 trains an hour during the day)

Platform 2

Glasgow - 30 minutes (2 trains an hour during the day)

Stirling - 30 minutes (2 trains an hour during the day)

Falkirk - 10 minutes (4 trains an hour during the day)

For current information on Linlithgow departures click here.

For general enquiries regarding rail travel click here.

Note:  The Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line is currently being electrified and during 2016 there may be some disruption and timetable changes.  Glasgow Quuen Street station will be closed for several months from 20 March 2016 to allow upgrading works in the tunnel that leads out of the station.  During this time an alternative routing will be made to Queens Street (Lower) which will add around 20 minutes on to the journey time.


Well Served by the Motorway Network

The M9 motorway passes just to the north of Linlithgow, with two junctions serving the town:

Junction 4

This 4-way junction lies to the west of Linlithgow and provides a link to the main routes south (M74) and north (A9) in Scotland.

Junction 3

This is only a two-way junction and provides links to and from Edinburgh and the Forth Bridge / Queensferry Crossing.  The junction lies to the east of the town.

Access to both junctions is direct from the High Street - keep driving west for junction 4; keep driving east for junction 3 via Blackness Road.


Royal Route Connects Linlithgow to Edinburgh and Stirling

Linlithgow is well served by bus, with a direct and regular service Royal Route run by First Group, number 38 which runs on a 15 minute frequency during the day.

Local bus services are also provided by SD Travel (local town service) and E&M Horsburgh (EMH), which connect the town with other local towns.

Only 20 Minutes from Scotland's Leading Airport

Linlithgow lies only a few miles to the west of Edinburgh Airport.  Edinburgh Airport (Where Scotland Meets the World) is Scotland's busiest airport with a big selection of UK and international flights.
To get to Linlithgow from the Airport you have the following options:
By Car
The journey is just under 12 miles (19 kilometers) and will take you about 20 minutes outwith rush hour times (at rush hour times, add 15 minutes margin for safety).  Take the M9 from its start (Direction Stirling) and turn off at junction 3, signposted Linlithgow.  From there follow the road into the town.  A taxi from the Airport to Linlithgow will cost about £40.
By Train
Take the tram or Airport Bus 100 to Haymarket Station in Edinburgh and then take the train from there.  For a quicker, but less frequent, service take the tram to Edinburgh Park Station and then take the train from there.
Other International Airports
Glasgow Airport also has a wide range of UK and international destinations.  Glasgow Prestwick Airport, originally Scotland's international airport, now serves a number of destinations in Spain and Italy.  Both Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport lie within 2 hours of Linlithgow by road or rail.

There are a number of ways you can cycle to Linlithgow.

For further information you can view the Sustrans Scotland website which defines the various cycle routes, including route 754 which passes through Linlithgow