How to get to Stirling


Stirling is a vibrant Scottish city just one hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. With so much to see and do in Stirling, it’s hard to know where to start so we recommend visiting to plan your trip and itinerary.

By Road

Stirling is linked to Scotland’s motorway and trunk road network including the M9/A9 to Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness and the M80 to Glasgow.

The Thistles shopping centre has two large car parks.
T1 car park opening hours:
Fri: 8am—5.30pm
Sat: 8am—6pm
Sun 9am—5pm

T2 car park opening hours:
Fri—Sat 8am—6pm
Sun 9am—5pm.

If you are arriving by car, then leave the M9 from Junctions 9 or 10 and follow the signs for Stirling city centre. If using a sat nav the postcode is: FK8 2EA. (Please check at: for any changes during the festival weekend as times may change).

From Miles Km Drive time
Aberdeen 121 195 2h 5mins
Dundee 56 90 1h
Edinburgh 36 57 50 mins
Edinburgh Airport 30 49 40 mins
Glasgow 26 42 30 mins
GlasgowAirport 36 57 45 mins
Inverness 144 233 2h 45 mins
Birmingham 305 491 5h
Cardiff 407 656 7h
Leeds 235 378 4h
London 418 673 7h 30 mins
Manchester 229 369 4h
Newcastle 156 252 3h

Park and Ride

You’ll find details right here.

By Rail

Stirling is about 35 minutes from Glasgow (Queen Street Station) and 50 minutes from Edinburgh (Haymarket and Waverley stations) with three direct services an hour from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh. There are also direct services to London, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.

For timetables go to or ring Traveline 0870 608 2 608.

By Coach

There is an hourly non-stop coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking 40 minutes and 1 hour respectively, as well as regular bus services to the Scottish cities and towns like St Andrews and Perth. The modern bus station which has a café and left luggage lockers is open Mon-Sat 06.30-22.00 Sun 10.00-18.00.

For timetables go to or ring Traveline 0870 608 2 608 or Stirling Bus Station 01786 446474.

By Air

Most travellers arrive at Edinburgh or Glasgow airports which all have branches of leading car hire operators and taxi services.

Edinburgh Airport has a 24 hour bus service, running every 10 mins at peak times and 30 mins at night. It leaves outside the terminal and stops at Haymarket Terrace for direct rail and bus services to Stirling. Journey time from airport to Haymarket approximately 25 minutes. Edinburgh Trams run services from every 7 minutes from the airport to Edinburgh city centre with a journey time of around 30 minutes. Services to the city centre operate between 06:18 – 22:48 hours.

Glasgow Airport has a quarter hourly bus service taking around 25 minutes to Glasgow city centre. It leaves from outside the terminal and stops at Buchanan Street Bus Station for direct services to Stirling. Queen Street Railway Station is a five minute walk.