There are 4 ways to get from Caernarfon to Carlisle by train, bus or car

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Train via Chester  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Chester
  2. Take the train from Warrington Bank Quay to Carlisle

£64 - £249

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Bus  •  9h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Bangor, Gwynedd to Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place
  2. Take the bus from Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place to Preston, Lancashire
  3. Take the bus from Preston, Lancashire to Carlisle

£16 - £22

2 alternative options

Train  •  6h 28m

  1. Take the train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Manchester Oxford Road
  2. Take the train from Manchester Oxford Road to Carlisle

£66 - £101

Drive  •  3h 32m

  1. Drive from Caernarfon to Carlisle 208.7 miles

£30 - £50

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The cheapest way to get from Caernarfon to Carlisle is to bus which costs £16 - £23 and takes 9h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Caernarfon to Carlisle is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Caernarfon to Carlisle. However, there are services departing from Caernarfon and arriving at Carlisle via Bangor, Gwynedd, Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place and Preston, Lancashire. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 55m.

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The distance between Caernarfon and Carlisle is 134 miles. The road distance is 208.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Caernarfon to Carlisle without a car is to train via Chester which takes 4h 49m and costs £60 - £250.

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It takes approximately 4h 49m to get from Caernarfon to Carlisle, including transfers.

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Caernarfon to Carlisle bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Bangor, Gwynedd station.

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The best way to get from Caernarfon to Carlisle is to train via Chester which takes 4h 49m and costs £60 - £250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £23 and takes 9h 55m.

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Caernarfon to Carlisle bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Carlisle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Caernarfon to Carlisle is 209 miles. It takes approximately 3h 32m to drive from Caernarfon to Carlisle.

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  • Distance: 133.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 49m

What companies run services between Caernarfon, Wales and Carlisle, England?

You can take a train from Caernarfon to Carlisle via Upper Bangor, Coleg Menai, Bangor (Gwynedd), Chester, and Warrington Bank Quay in around 4h 49m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Caernarfon to Carlisle via Bangor, Gwynedd, Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place, and Preston, Lancashire in around 9h 55m.

Train operators
Transport for Wales
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Chester
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£18 - £28
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Advanced Single
£9 - £13
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £28
First Anytime Day Single
£29 - £45
Train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Advanced Single
£14 - £20
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
First Anytime Day Single
£45 - £75
Virgin Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Chester
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£22 - £80
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£22 - £30
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £80
Train from Warrington Bank Quay to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £160
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£40 - £60
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£110 - £160
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Oxford Road to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £55
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£15 - £22
Off-Peak Day Single
£25 - £40
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Bus operators
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 Bangor, Gwynedd to Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£6 - £8
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National Express
Bus from Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place to Preston, Lancashire
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£4 - £7
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National Express
Bus from Preston, Lancashire to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£6 - £8
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National Express

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