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Transportation to, from and around in Oban is easy.

Oban may seem a bit far flung, but it's only 2.5-3 hours from Glasgow and there are lots of ways to get here. 

Direct trains run several times a day, 7 days a week from Glasgow Queen's Street Station. From the airport, you can take a train, bus or taxi to the station. It is recommended to book tickets in advance, especially April-September. 

For information, schedules and tickets visit ScotRail.


Citylink provides daily bus service from Glasgow and points beyond to Oban. For information, schedules and tickets visit the Citylink website

You can also get around Oban and Mull via West Coast Motors bus, and while you can walk most anywhere in town, it can be handy for visiting outlying villages such as Easdale or Lerags, the supermarkets and the beach. Tickets are bought on the bus from your driver and schedules can be found here on the West Coast Motors site.


The taxi rank is in front of the train station and near the main ferry pier under the clock tower. If you need to call a taxi, we recommend Lorn Taxis at : 01631 564744



Caledonian MacBrayne operates ferry service from Oban to the isles of Mull, Iona, Kerrera, Lismore, Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Barra. There are also small council or private operated foot ferries at Easdale, Luing, North Kerrera and Port Appin. Booking ahead for foot passenger service is not necessary but we suggest booking well ahead for a vehicle berth, especially from April- September. Find schedules and book tickets here. 

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Car hire

From Glasgow, it's only a 2.5-3 hour drive, with two scenic options (via Inveraray or Crainlarich) and it just so happens to be one of the most beautiful routes in Scotland. If you feel confident enough, driving is a great way to see a lot of the Oban area on your holiday, plus all the sights between here and the central belt. 

Private hire driver

Avoid messing about on public transportation and choose a prebooked private hire driver. Imagine Alba offers airport pickup or drop-off from Glasgow or Edinburgh, guiding around Argyll, the Isles and Lochaber, as well as chauffeur services for events and weddings. Get in touch for a quote.