There are 6 ways to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan by train, bus, car, plane or car ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  3. Take the bus from Ayr, Smith Street to Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) 60 / ...

$63 - $80

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Union Square Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride M9 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Broxden, Park and Ride to Buchanan Bus Station M9 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923

$45 - $68

4 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  3. Take the train from Ayr to Stranraer

$71 - $91

Bus Fishers Tours of Dundee  •  11 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Union Square Bus Station to Dundee City Centre, Railway Station X7
  2. Take the bus from Dundee City Centre, Murraygate to Ayr, Town Hall (New Bridge Street) 263

$56 - $62

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Aberdeen to Cairnryan 225.5 miles

$45 - $70

Fly, car ferry  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Belfast City (BHD) ABZ - BHD
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

$102 - $300

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan is to bus which costs £35 - £55 and takes 7 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £35 - £55 and takes 4 h 3 min.

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The distance between Aberdeen and Cairnryan is 189 miles. The road distance is 225.5 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 3 min to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Aberdeen station to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Union Square Bus Station and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Broxden, Park and Ride, Buchanan Bus Station and Cairnryan, Stena Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 188.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 3 min

What companies run services between Aberdeen, Scotland and Cairnryan, Scotland?

You can take a train from Aberdeen to Cairnryan via Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Ayr, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) in around 7 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Aberdeen to Cairnryan via Broxden, Park and Ride, Buchanan Bus Station, and Cairnryan, Stena Terminal in around 7 h 45 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $16
Train from Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Bus operators
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ayr, Smith Street to Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue)
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Broxden, Park and Ride to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Megabus UK
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Dundee City Centre, Railway Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Dundee City Centre, Murraygate to Ayr, Town Hall (New Bridge Street)
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
fisherstours.co.uk
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$39
Small Car
$164

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