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

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Bus Scottish Citylink  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Union Square Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station G9 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923

$30 - $62

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Train, bus  •  6 h 51 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, Young Street 60 / ...

Train  •  7 h 35 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

$73 - $93

Bus Fishers Tours of Dundee  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Aberdeen, St Nicholas Kirk to Seagate Bus Station X7
  2. Take the bus from Dundee City Centre, Murraygate to Ayr, Town Hall 263

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Aberdeen to Cairnryan 225.5 miles

$45 - $70

Fly, car ferry  •  6 h 28 min

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

$119 - $310

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan is to bus which costs £22 - £50 and takes 5 h 59 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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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, Stena Terminal via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 59 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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The best way to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 59 min and costs £22 - £50.

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It takes approximately 5 h 59 min to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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Aberdeen to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Union Square Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan is to bus which takes 5 h 59 min and costs £22 - £50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £55 - £75 and takes 7 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Aberdeen Airport to Belfast City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Aberdeen to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Cairnryan, Stena Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Aberdeen to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 188.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 59 min

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

You can take a bus from Aberdeen to Cairnryan via Buchanan Bus Station in around 5 h 59 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Aberdeen to Cairnryan via Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow, North Court, Glasgow, Central Station, Glasgow Central, Ayr, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal in around 7 h 35 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $16
Train from Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $20
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Aberdeen, Scotland to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach West Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ayr, Smith Street to Girvan, Young Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Stagecoach East Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Aberdeen, St Nicholas Kirk to Seagate Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
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
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
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
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$168

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Yes, the driving distance between Aberdeen to Cairnryan is 226 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to drive from Aberdeen to Cairnryan.

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Flybe offers flights from Aberdeen Airport to Belfast City Airport.

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There are 128+ hotels available in Cairnryan. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Aberdeen to Aberdeen Airport is to line 727 bus which takes 44 min and costs .

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