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There are 6 ways to get from Cairnryan to Inverness by bus, train, car, car ferry or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  6 h 28 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

$48 - $70

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Bus via Halbeath, Park & Ride  •  9 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Post Office to Ayr, Bus Station 358 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ayr, Town Hall to Halbeath, Kingdom Services 263
  3. Take the bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...

$29 - $40

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Bus, train  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Post Office to Ayr, Beresford Terrace 358 / ...
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness

$65 - $84

Drive  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Cairnryan to Inverness 249.5 miles

$50 - $80

Car ferry to Belfast City, fly  •  5 h 16 min

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

$105 - $225

Train, train to Glasgow, fly  •  8 h 10 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

$132 - $280

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The cheapest way to get from Cairnryan to Inverness is to bus which costs £22 - £35 and takes 9 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairnryan to Inverness is to drive which costs £40 - £60 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairnryan to Inverness station. However, there are services departing from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal and arriving at Inverness, Bus Station via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 28 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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The best way to get from Cairnryan to Inverness without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 28 min and costs £35 - £55.

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Cairnryan to Inverness, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Belfast City Airport to Inverness Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Cairnryan to Inverness bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Inverness, Bus Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairnryan to Inverness is 249 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to drive from Cairnryan to Inverness.

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Map of how to get from Cairnryan to Inverness.
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  • Distance: 177 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

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

You can take a bus from Cairnryan to Inverness via Buchanan Bus Station in around 6 h 28 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Belfast City to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $1,200
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Glasgow to Inverness via London Luton
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $350
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
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $16
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Train from Stranraer to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $22
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
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach West Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Cairnryan, Post Office to Ayr, Beresford Terrace
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Cairnryan, Post Office to Ayr, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Ayr, Town Hall to Halbeath, Kingdom Services
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Once a week
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
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$168

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