Getting Around – St Andrews & NE Fife
St Andrews and Nearby
St Andrews may be a small town but we promise there’s still plenty to do and discover! Whether you’re a history geek or a surfing fanatic, there’s something for everyone in this wee town on the North East Fife coast.
Visit Fife is the county version of Visit Scotland, with lists of events available as well as a Guide to Fife and brief outline of the places to visit. Top recommended activities in Fife include:
Getting Around – Dundee & Edinburgh
Unlimited travel around East Scotland (taking you as far as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen) with the East Scotland DayRider is only £9.00 (£6.70 with Student ID), so make the most of it! The fastest bus to Edinburgh from St Andrews is the X59.
Dundee, an old industrial town famous for its three industries of jute, jam and journalism, is the closest city to St Andrews, and the place students tend to escape to for a night out or some serious shopping therapy. However, there are a number of other interesting places to visit once you’ve fulfilled your shopping needs!
Edinburgh also has its local page of Visit Scotland, and as Scotland’s Capital City always has a lot going on culturally, politically, scientifically and socially. The Edinburgh Guide has the comprehensive run-down of things going on in the Capital.
Getting Around – Glasgow & Others
The quickest way to get to Glasgow is the X24 bus which goes directly there, with the X26 taking slightly longer. Arbroath can be reached by taking a bus to Dundee and changing to Service 39 or Service X7 (also goes to Aberdeen). You can head for Perth using Service 16/16B or Service X7 after you arrive in Dundee.
You can also take one of the regular Megabus or Citylink services that leave Dundee Bus Station providing connections across Scotland and further afield, including to London Victoria.
Unlimited travel around East Scotland on Stagecoach (taking you as far as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen) with the East Scotland DayRider is only £9.00 (£6.70 with Student ID), so make the most of it!
Visiting Glasgow by train from Leuchars is possible, but requires a change at either Dundee (also calling at Perth & Stirling) or Edinburgh Haymarket.
Trains to Perth and Stirling require a change at Dundee but direct services to Aberdeen and Arbroath run from Leuchars.
Glasgow, known as a great destination for its culture and shopping opportunities is easy enough to get to, but if you are taking a day trip make sure to leave early so you have plenty of time to explore. Things not to miss include:
Other Day Trips
Scotland has such much to offer! The VisitScotland website has an interactive map allowing you to explore Scotland’s stunning regions, towns and cities – there’s bound to be something for you!
To get there by public transport you generally need to get to Dundee (by bus) then take either the train or one of a number of buses onwards to Perth.
There is no longer a direct bus service between St Andrews and Stirling – so a trip to Dundee (via bus) is required before taking an onward train connection.
To get to Arbroath you need to take a bus to either Leuchars or Dundee and then a train from there, but the whole journey is less than an hour.
You can take a direct train from Leuchars to Aberdeen (via Dundee) or hop on the scenic X7 bus from Dundee, which takes in a beautiful route following the coast.