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There are 4 ways to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon by bus, train, ferry or car

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Bus, train, ferry  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Post Office to Ayr, Beresford Terrace 358 / ...
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Take the ferry from Gourock Ferry Terminal to Dunoon Ferry Terminal Cm1

$33 - $43

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Dunoon, Swimming Pool 907

$24 - $33

2 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  5h 30m

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Ayr
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Take the ferry from Gourock Ferry Terminal to Dunoon Ferry Terminal Cm1

$44 - $56

Drive  •  3h 11m

  1. Drive from Cairnryan to Dunoon 152.6 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon is to bus which costs £18 - £26 and takes 5h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon is to drive which costs £25 - £40 and takes 3h 11m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairnryan to Dunoon. However, there are services departing from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal and arriving at Dunoon, Swimming Pool via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 11m.

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The distance between Cairnryan and Dunoon is 68 miles. The road distance is 152.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon without a car is to bus and train and ferry which takes 4h 48m and costs £25 - £35.

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It takes approximately 4h 48m to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon, including transfers.

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Cairnryan to Dunoon bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal station.

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Cairnryan to Dunoon bus services, operated by McGills Bus Service, arrive at Dunoon, Swimming Pool station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairnryan to Dunoon is 153 miles. It takes approximately 3h 11m to drive from Cairnryan to Dunoon.

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There are 549+ hotels available in Dunoon. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon.
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  • Distance: 67.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 48m

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

You can take a bus from Cairnryan to Dunoon via Buchanan Bus Station in around 5h 11m.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
Train from Stranraer to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $22
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Cairnryan, Post Office to Ayr, Beresford Terrace
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
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
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Ferry operators
Argyll Ferries
Phone
0800 066 5000
Email
info@argyllferries.co.uk
Website
argyllferries.co.uk
Ferry from Gourock Ferry Terminal to Dunoon Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
argyllferries.co.uk

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