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

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Recommended option

Bus, train  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Railway Station (Station Hotel) X75
  2. Take the train from Dumfries to Carlisle

$38 - $42

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow to Carlisle National Express

$31 - $43

3 alternative options

Bus, line 79 bus  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Buccleuch Street (Sherriff Court) X75
  2. Take the line 79 bus from Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station) 79 / ...

$43

Train  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Kilmarnock
  2. Take the train from Kilmarnock to Carlisle

$49 - $66

Drive  •  2 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Cairnryan to Carlisle 104.6 miles

$22 - $35

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cairnryan to Carlisle station. However, there are services departing from Cairnryan, Post Office and arriving at Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station) via Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station), Dumfries, Whitesands (Rural Stances) and Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 52 min.

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The distance between Cairnryan and Carlisle is 83 miles. The road distance is 104.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Cairnryan to Carlisle without a car is to bus and train which takes 5 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min to get from Cairnryan to Carlisle, including transfers.

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Cairnryan to Carlisle bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, arrive at Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station).

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The best way to get from Cairnryan to Carlisle is to bus and line 79 bus which takes 5 h 52 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 5 h 57 min.

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Cairnryan to Carlisle bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumberland, arrive at Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station).

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairnryan to Carlisle is 105 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 1 min to drive from Cairnryan to Carlisle.

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

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Map of how to get from Cairnryan to Carlisle.
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  • Distance: 83.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

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

You can take a bus from Cairnryan to Carlisle via Stranraer, Port Rodie, Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station), Dumfries, Buccleuch Street (Sherriff Court), Dumfries, Whitesands (Rural Stances), and Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station) in around 5 h 52 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairnryan to Carlisle via Stranraer, Port Rodie, Stranraer, and Kilmarnock in around 5 h 57 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Dumfries to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$10 - $14
Train from Stranraer to Kilmarnock
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $27
Train from Kilmarnock to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Railway Station (Station Hotel)
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Buccleuch Street (Sherriff Court)
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Stagecoach Cumberland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
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 Glasgow to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com

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