The Scottish Borders are easily accessible by road from many areas including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Carlisle, which are all about an hour’s drive away.
If you are coming to the Scottish Borders by bus, there are a number of options. If arriving from the south, you can travel from Berwick-upon-Tweed with Perryman’s Buses, from Carlisle with FirstBorders and Newcastle with National Express.
If you are coming from Edinburgh, you can catch either the 62 or X95 services operated by FirstBorders from Edinburgh Bus Station. You can also take the X95 service if travelling to the Scottish Borders from Carlisle. Call FirstBorders dedicated 24/7 customer service team on 01324 602200 if you have any enquiries regarding timetables or fares.
National Express links the region to Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham. To travel north by bus, travel to Edinburgh where Scottish Citylink connects the major Scottish cities.
The Scottish Borders is accessible by train on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh, which stops at nearby Dunbar in East Lothian and Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is located just across the border. Bus links to the Scottish Borders are available from both towns, or travel with your bike and start exploring as soon as you step off the train. Timetables are available from ScotRail and National Rail.
If travelling on the West Coast Main Line, a raillink bus service (X95) connects Carlisle with the towns of Galashiels, Peebles and Hawick before going on to Edinburgh.
In the summer of 2015, the Borders Railway, a new 30 mile-long railway connecting the Scottish Borders with Edinburgh and Midlothian will be completed. It will provide 10 new connections from Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverley and will allow for a journey time of just under an hour between both stations. Visit the website to keep up with its progress.
Regular ferry services from Europe come into the ports of Newcastle and Hull – check with DFDS Seaways and P&O ferries for further details. If you are coming from Northern Ireland, there is also a service from Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line, as well as P&O ferries between Larne and Cairnryan. After arriving at these ports, you can travel on to the Scottish Borders by road, with the journey time being around four hours from Hull, three hours from Cairnryan and about an hour and a half from Newcastle.