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

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Bus, train, ferry  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) to Ayr, Killoch Place (Miller Road) 58 / ...
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Take the ferry from Gourock Ferry Terminal to Dunoon Ferry Terminal Cm1

$43 - $48

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 14 min

  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 (Riverside Swimming Pool) 907

$26 - $35

2 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  5 h 22 min

  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

$45 - $55

Drive  •  3 h 11 min

  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 £20 - £27 and takes 6 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairnryan to Dunoon is to drive which costs £24 - £40 and takes 3 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairnryan to Dunoon. However, there are services departing from Cairnryan, Post Office and arriving at Dunoon, Swimming Pool (Riverside Swimming Pool) via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal and Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 14 min.

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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 4 h 59 min and costs £32 - £37.

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It takes approximately 4 h 59 min 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 (Riverside Swimming Pool) station.

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

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There are 530+ hotels available in Dunoon. Prices start at $77 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: 4 h 59 min

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

You can take a bus from Cairnryan to Dunoon via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal and Buchanan Bus Station in around 6 h 14 min.

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
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
Train from Stranraer to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
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
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) to Ayr, Killoch Place (Miller Road)
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
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
McGills Bus Service
Phone
08000 51 56 51
Email
enquiries@mcgillsbuses.co.uk
Website
mcgillsbuses.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Dunoon, Swimming Pool (Riverside Swimming Pool)
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
mcgillsbuses.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
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
argyllferries.co.uk

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