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

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Train  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Kilmarnock
  2. Take the train from Kilmarnock to Carlisle
  3. Take the train from Carlisle to Wigan North Western

$116 - $177

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Bus  •  10 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
  3. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Liverpool University 060

$47 - $63

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Carferry via Douglas, Isle of Man  •  11 h 13 min

  1. Take the carferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  2. Take the carferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
  3. Take the carferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool

$73 - $172

Train via Newcastle  •  11 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Kilmarnock
  2. Take the train from Kilmarnock to Newcastle
  3. Take the train from Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street

$135 - $186

Carferry  •  13 h 3 min

  1. Take the carferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  2. Take the carferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead

$83 - $86

Drive  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Cairnryan to Liverpool 228.7 miles

$45 - $75

Carferry, train to Belfast (Aldergrove), fly to Liverpool  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the carferry from Cairnryan to Larne
  2. Take the train from Larne Harbour to Great Victoria Street
  3. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Liverpool (LPL) BFS - LPL

$74 - $231

Train, train to Glasgow, fly to Manchester  •  8 h

  1. Take the train from Stranraer to Ayr
  2. Take the train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Manchester (MAN) GLA - MAN
  4. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street

$95 - $337

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cairnryan to Liverpool. However, there are services departing from Cairnryan, Post Office and arriving at Liverpool University via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Glasgow and Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 30 min.

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The distance between Cairnryan and Liverpool is 137 miles. The road distance is 228.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Cairnryan to Liverpool without a car is to train which takes 8 h 46 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 46 min to get from Cairnryan to Liverpool, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cairnryan to Liverpool is to train which takes 8 h 46 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 10 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport to Liverpool Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Cairnryan to Liverpool bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Liverpool University station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairnryan to Liverpool is 229 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 1 min to drive from Cairnryan to Liverpool.

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easyJet offers flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport to Liverpool Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cairnryan to Liverpool.
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  • Distance: 136.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 46 min

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

You can take a train from Cairnryan to Liverpool via Stranraer, Port Rodie, Stranraer, Kilmarnock, Carlisle, and Wigan North Western in around 8 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairnryan to Liverpool via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow, and Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St in around 10 h 30 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $160
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
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
Train from Kilmarnock to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
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 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
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $100
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$29 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$70 - $100
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Larne Harbour to Great Victoria Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
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
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 Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Liverpool University
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
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
$169
Car ferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$225
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Website
steam-packet.com
Car ferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $65
Schedules at
steam-packet.com
Single offer
$34
Standard fare
$62
Car ferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $65
Schedules at
steam-packet.com
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Larne
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $95
Schedules at
poferries.com
Passenger Standard
$40
Passenger Flexi
$66
Standard Car
$92

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