Oban railway station

Oban railway station is a railway station serving Oban in Scotland. It is the terminus of one branch of the highly scenic West Highland Line, sited 71 miles 44 chains (115.1 km) from Callander, via Glen Ogle.[3] It was originally the terminus of the Callander and Oban Railway. All services are operated by ScotRail, who also manage the station.


Scottish Gaelic: An t-Òban[1]
National Rail
Oban Railway Station - June 2011.jpg
General information
LocationOban, Argyll and Bute
Coordinates56°24′44″N 5°28′30″W / 56.4121°N 5.4749°W / 56.4121; -5.4749Coordinates: 56°24′44″N 5°28′30″W / 56.4121°N 5.4749°W / 56.4121; -5.4749
Grid referenceNM857298
Managed byScotRail
Platforms2 (numbered 3 & 4)
Other information
Station codeOBN[2]
Original companyCallander and Oban Railway
Pre-groupingCallander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
Key dates
30 June 1880Opened
2016/17Decrease 0.164 million
2017/18Increase 0.181 million
2018/19Decrease 0.178 million
2019/20Decrease 0.169 million
2020/21Decrease 89,004
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Oban station provides interchange with the adjacent ferry terminal, offering connections to a number of destinations in the Inner and Outer Hebrides via ferry services operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). Oban is CalMac's busiest ferry terminal.


Oban station in 1948

Oban station opened on 30 June 1880 as the terminus of the Callander and Oban Railway, which joined the present railway at Crianlarich, and which was absorbed into the LMS Railway in 1922.[4] Two additional platforms were constructed on the west side of the station in 1904, following the opening of the branch from Connel Ferry to Ballachulish. The route from Dunblane and Callander to Crianlarich closed in 1965, as well as the Ballachulish line.[5] Formerly, a branch to Ballachulish railway station diverged just east of Connel Ferry railway station. A triangular junction was planned at Connel, but never completed.


The station is well-equipped with a ticket office, toilets, a help point, a car park, bike racks and a pay phone. All of the station has step-free access.[6]

Passenger volumeEdit

Passenger Volume at Oban[7]
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Entries and exits 110,000 109,053 108,903 126,676 119,876 121,746 125,900 122,568 129,311 170,682 176,104 164,332 181,172 177,522 169,174 89,004

The statistics cover twelve month periods that start in April


On Monday to Fridays, there are six trains per day to Glasgow Queen Street, plus an additional afternoon service that runs only as far as Dalmally. On Saturdays, the service is very similar to that on weekdays, with the exception of the Dalmally train, which does not run. On Sundays there are three trains per day to Glasgow Queen Street all year round, plus a single Edinburgh return service on some weeks in the summer.[8][9]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Connel Ferry   ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Historical railways  
Connel Ferry
Line and station open
  Callander and Oban Railway
Caledonian Railway

Oban Ferry TerminalEdit

Caledonian MacBrayne
Lochboisdale, South Uist
Ardmore, Barra
Castlebay, Barra
Baile Mòr, Iona
Fionnphort, Mull
Tobermory, Mull   Kilchoan
Fishnish, Mull   Lochaline
Craignure, Mull
Scarinish, Tiree
Arinagour, Coll
Achnacroish, Lismore
Scalasaig, Colonsay

Oban station is located next to Oban ferry terminal. Caledonian MacBrayne ferries sail daily from here to the islands of Lismore, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, to Craignure on Mull, to Castlebay on Barra and to Lochboisdale (winter only) on South Uist. Ferries also operate to Mallaig. The times of connecting trains to/from Glasgow Queen Street are included on CalMac timetables.[10]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
  Ferry services
Scalasaig   Caledonian MacBrayne
Oban – Colonsay
Craignure   Caledonian MacBrayne
Oban – Mull
Achnacroish   Caledonian MacBrayne
Oban – Lismore
Scarinish   Caledonian MacBrayne
Oban – Coll & Tiree
Castlebay   Caledonian MacBrayne
Oban – Barra
Lochboisdale   Caledonian MacBrayne
Oban – South Uist (winter only)


  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ Deaves, Phil. "Railway Codes". railwaycodes.org.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  3. ^ Bridge, Mike, ed. (2017). TRACKatlas of Mainland Britain: A Comprehensive Geographic Atlas Showing the Rail Network of Great Britain (3rd ed.). Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 978 1909431 26 3.
  4. ^ Thomas, John; Turnock, David (1989). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Volume 15: North of Scotland. Newton Abbot: David & Charles (Publishers). ISBN 0-946537-03-8.
  5. ^ Thomas, John (1966). The Callander and Oban Railway (1st ed.). Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. OCLC 2316816.
  6. ^ "National Rail Enquiries -". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Estimates of station usage | ORR Data Portal". dataportal.orr.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  8. ^ eNRT May 2022 Edition, Table 218
  9. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 218
  10. ^ "Oban". CalMac Ferries. Retrieved 19 September 2022.


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