There are 8 ways to get from Cairnryan to Inverness by bus, train, car, plane or car ferry

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

Bus  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G10

$49 - $73

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Bus, train  •  7 h 55 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 Glasgow Central
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness

$67 - $92

Train  •  8 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Ayr
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
  4. Take the train from Perth to Inverness

$62 - $103

Bus via Halbeath, Park & Ride  •  10 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) 58 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ayr, Town Hall (New Bridge Street) to Halbeath, Kingdom Services 263
  3. Take the bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Inverness, Bus Station M90

$62 - $75

Drive  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Cairnryan to Inverness 249.5 miles

$50 - $80

Train, train to Glasgow, fly to Inverness  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Ayr
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Inverness (INV) GLA - INV

$135 - $288

Car ferry to Belfast City, fly to Inverness  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  2. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Inverness (INV) BHD - INV

$91 - $211

Drive to Campbeltown, fly to Glasgow, train  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cairnryan to Campbeltown
  2. Fly from Campbeltown (CAL) to Glasgow (GLA) CAL - GLA
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
  4. Take the train from Perth to Inverness

$121 - $257

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairnryan to Inverness is to bus which costs £35 - £60 and takes 7 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairnryan to Inverness is to drive which costs £40 - £65 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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The distance between Cairnryan and Inverness is 177 miles. The road distance is 249.5 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 31 min to get from Cairnryan to Inverness, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairnryan to Inverness station. However, there are services departing from Cairnryan, Post Office and arriving at Inverness, Bus Station via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal and Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 31 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairnryan to Inverness.
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  • Distance: 177 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 31 min

What companies run services between Cairnryan, Scotland and Inverness, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Cairnryan to Inverness via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal and Buchanan Bus Station in around 7 h 31 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairnryan to Inverness via Stranraer, Port Rodie, Stranraer, Ayr, Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, and Perth in around 8 h 42 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Bergen
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $500
Flights from Campbeltown to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$16 - $180
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Bergen
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $500
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $1,200
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Belfast City to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via London Luton
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $16
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
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
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $23
Train from Perth to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $40
Train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$10 - $14
LNER
Bus operators
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
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
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
$5 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Ayr, Town Hall (New Bridge Street) to Halbeath, Kingdom Services
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
fisherstours.co.uk
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$39
Small Car
$164

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