Fife Transport for Tourists - Travel by Bus
Fife Stagecoach Bus
If you're travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow then getting to Fife is easy as pie. There are two Express buses running every 20 minutes for most part of the day from Edinburgh and every hour from Glasgow. They both go to St Andrews. Stagecoach Fife provides coaches and they're very comfortable In Fife itself there are local buses run mainly by Stagecoach Fife. See lower down for bus travel planning tips in Fife.
Stagecoach Express from Edinburgh and Glasgow
- X26 from Glasgow - Stops in most fishing villages from Lower largo to Anstruther except Crail
- X59 and X60 from Edinburgh - Doesn't stop in any of the fishing villages After Lundin Links it goes to Upper Largo and then to St Andrews via Largoward.
If you're travelling from Edinburgh like I did, you go across the Forth Road Bridge. The journey takes a few hours but there are many stops and you can get off anywhere you like. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your day out in Fife using Stagecoach buses.
- In Edinburgh Bus Station in or Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station pick up a timetable of the Stagecoach Express Alternatively, you can get bus times from any local tourist information centre (Leven, the Post Office in Elie or the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther). Get timetables of local buses as well (especially 95 Stagecoach). You'll be glad to have a copy of the bus timetable handy.
- Get a family day ticket (called group dayrider . That gives you most for your money and what they don't tell you is that you can travel with a family day ticket on Stagecoach Buses even if your family is made up of 2 members
- With a timetable and a family ticket you can hop off, spend an hour or two in all lovely fishing villages, hop back on and travel to the next. You don't have to pay every time but you have to show the ticket when you get on a Stagecoach bus
- Day tickets (for family travel or otherwise) can be used on any of Fife's local buses as well as the express buses from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Local Stagecoach Buses
Local buses are regular single and double decker buses Not as nice as the Express coaches but very clean.
Buses to Use in Fife
- To explore the coastal villages use 95 (still Stagecoach buses). They go as far as St Andrews and stop everywhere. These 2 buses run every hour. Alternatively, use X26 Express from Glasgow that stops at roughly the same places.
- Earlsferry is a bit tricky to get to. You have to take 62 or 62A from Elie.
NOTE: Don't take the 95A on the way back from Pittenweem, Anstruther or Crail unless you want to get to Kellie Castle or Arncroach It's not a tragedy if you do, you just spend an extra half hour on the bus while it goes past Kellie Castle to Arncroach and then back to Pittenweem.
Planning Your Journey in Fife Using Stagecoach Bus Timetables
Fife's coast is too much to explore in a single day You have to be selective in what you want to see. Use the menu on the left side of this page to see what Fife's coast has to offer.
Whether you're coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow I suggest you get off at Leven Go to the Tourist Information Centre that's right next to the bus station (Levenmouth Swimming Pool & Sports Centre) and pick up all the bus timetables you can find Even if you're travelling from Edinburgh, pick up a timetable of the X26 (it's a good bus to take around Fife).
Choose the places you want to visit and check the timetables to see what options you have for travelling to them and then coming back. Bear in mind that early in the morning and later in the afternoon some of the buses don't stop in all towns and villages If you're unsure, ask some of the local people or the Tourist Information Centre. They're friendly and they will help you out.
From Leven you can walk to Lower Largo along a wonderful stretch of beach or jump on the bus to Elie or any of the other fishing villages.
Travel to Fife by Train
Unfortunately the flexibility of trains in Fife is quite limited. From Edinburgh you can only go to Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Cupar or Leuchars for St Andrews and from there you have to take the bus to your final destination. The train ticket tends to be more expensive than bus.
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