Train and bus
There are regular train and coach links between all of Scotland’s major cities and Fort William. Why not let someone else do the driving and relax while travelling through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world by coach or by train? There is also an overnight train sleeper service from London to Fort William.
The following websites have up to date information and journeys planners for all public transport trips in the UK:
The following websites have information about travelling by train and booking train tickets:
The following websites have information about travelling by bus and booking bus tickets:
If you are planning to bring your bike on the train, please reserve a space for your bike when you book your train ticket. Scotrail staff will make every effort to accommodate you and your bike.
Bikes can be taken on board Citylink Coaches if they are contained in a bike bag or box and if there is sufficient space
Inverness is the nearest airport (104km) but both Edinburgh and Glasgow have extensive UK and International connections.
There are daily services to Glasgow, Prestwick (40 minutes south of Glasgow) and Edinburgh, with onward national connections.
For enquiries and bookings Tel: 08457 505050.
If you are travelling up the East side of the country (M1, A1) you are going to end up in Edinburgh. Then head for Perth and follow the A9 north as far as Dalwhinnie where you follow the A889 to Laggan, the A86 to Spean Bridge and then the A82 to Fort William.
Coming up the West side of the country (M6, M74) from the south, take the M8 through Glasgow and then the M898 over the Erskine Bridge to Dumbarton. Follow the A82 beside Loch Lomond to Crianlarich and Tyndrum before crossing Rannoch Moor and descending to the Atlantic coast and Fort William through the pass of Glencoe.
Remember there are no motorways north of Perth and Glasgow, so plan extra time for your journey. Please also note there may be roadworks on sections of the A82 and the A9, with traffic lights that may cause delays. At least the views are spectacular. The A9 from Perth to Dalwhinnie is covered by average speed cameras, so be aware.
Coming from the North – you must know where Fort William is by now but if you are flying in to Inverness airport, take the A96 into Inverness and then follow the signs for Fort William and the A82. Pretty soon you will be travelling along the length of Loch Ness, complete with elusive monster, then Loch Oich and Loch Lochy – which all form part of the Caledonian Canal which links the Atlantic and the North Sea.
If you are using Sat Nav, remember that a single postcode can cover a wide area in the Highlands so don’t just rely on where it tells you to go. Maps and road signs can help. The actual postcode for Nevis Range ski area is PH33 6SQ.
Travel by road from outside the UK
There are a number of ways of crossing the English Channel or the North Sea. The route involving the least driving on busy UK roads (especially in England) is from Amsterdam to Newcastle.
Amsterdam – Newcastle crossings
Further South, there are crossings to Hull and Harwich. In both cases you must head for the A1, North to Edinburgh.
Rotterdam and Zeebrugge – Hull
Hook of Holland – Harwich
Esbjerg – Harwich
The shortest and most frequent crossings are by ferry or tunnel from Calais or Dieppe to Dover, Newhaven or Folkstone. This gives you the longest drive, up through most of mainland UK. Head for the M20, then go north on the M25, heading towards the M1, then A1 (East Coast route) or turn off the M1 onto the M6 and then M74 (West Coast route).
The roads in the Highlands of Scotland are not motorways and the extra traffic generated by visitors to the World Cup may cause extra congestion and pollution.
Why not consider reducing the impact of your travel to and around Fort William during the World Cup? The train and bus run directly to the centre of Fort William with travel times often comparable to travelling by car from some UK cities.
Once you arrive in Fort William, the local taxi services can transport you to your accommodation and the extensive shuttle bus service can transport you to and from the event.
Why not bring your bike, leave your car at your accommodation and explore the area on two wheels?
You can use the dedicated cycle path between Fort William and the World Cup venue an easier and safer way to travel directly to the World Cup Village. On arrival you can leave your bike in the World Cup Bike Park – but remember your personal bike lock.
The World Cup has a dedicated Liftshare website. Why not check and see if anyone else from your area is travelling to the event? You could save money on your petrol costs and reduce the environmental impact of your journey.
Register at Liftshare with your journey details and the site will match you with other people who would like to share a lift to the event.
Car sharing will help save you money by sharing the travel costs and the amount of congestion on the roads.
Other car sharing websites: