There are 5 ways to get from Ambleside to Carlisle by train, bus, taxi or car

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  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District
  2. Take the train from Oxenholme Lake District to Carlisle

$27 - $59

Cheapest option

Line 555 bus, bus  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the line 555 bus from Ambleside, Health Centre (bus shelter) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) 555
  2. Take the bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Wigton Road, Richard Rose Academy (Path) 554

$19

3 alternative options

Line 555 bus, bus via Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance)  •  2 h 41 min

  1. Take the line 555 bus from Ambleside, Health Centre (bus shelter) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) 555
  2. Take the bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) 888 / ...

$22 - $38

Taxi  •  49 min

  1. Take a taxi from Ambleside to Carlisle 42.6 miles

$150 - $180

Drive  •  49 min

  1. Drive from Ambleside to Carlisle 42.6 miles

$9 - $14

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Ambleside to Carlisle. However, there are services departing from Ambleside, Health Centre (bus shelter) and arriving at Wigton Road, Richard Rose Academy (Path) via Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 52 min.

More details

The distance between Ambleside and Carlisle is 32 miles. The road distance is 42.6 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Ambleside to Carlisle without a car is to train which takes 2 h 15 min and costs .

More details

It takes approximately 2 h 15 min to get from Ambleside to Carlisle, including transfers.

More details

Ambleside to Carlisle bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, depart from Ambleside, Health Centre (bus shelter) station.

More details

The best way to get from Ambleside to Carlisle is to train which takes 2 h 15 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 555 bus and bus, which costs and takes 2 h 41 min.

Mode details

Ambleside to Carlisle bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, arrive at Wigton Road, Richard Rose Academy (Path) station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Ambleside to Carlisle is 43 miles. It takes approximately 49 min to drive from Ambleside to Carlisle.

Get driving directions

There are 261+ hotels available in Carlisle. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

More details

Map of how to get from Ambleside to Carlisle.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 32.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min

What companies run services between Ambleside, England and Carlisle, England?

You can take a train from Ambleside to Carlisle via Windermere, Bus Rail Interchange (Booths Supermarket), Windermere, and Oxenholme Lake District in around 2 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ambleside to Carlisle via Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket), Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance), and Penrith North Lakes in around 2 h 41 min.

Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Oxenholme Lake District to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Oxenholme Lake District to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$10 - $15
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $29
Bus operators
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
cumbrianorthlancs.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ambleside, Health Centre (bus shelter) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance)
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Wigton Road, Richard Rose Academy (Path)
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Wright Bros Coaches
Website
wrightscoaches.co.uk
Bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance)
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$8
Website
wrightscoaches.co.uk
Other operators
Taxi from Ambleside to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
49 min
Estimated price
$150 - $180
K Cars
Phone
+44 1539 731000
Website
kcars.co
Blue Star Taxis
Phone
+44 1539 723670
Website
bluestartaxis.net

Want to know more about travelling around United Kingdom

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.