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There are 5 ways to get from Carlisle to Ambleside by bus, train, taxi or car

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Bus  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle, Market Hall to Cockermouth, Main Street 600
  2. Take the bus from Cockermouth to Ambleside National Express

$13 - $18

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Train  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Oxenholme Lake District
  2. Take the train from Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere

$30 - $64

Train, bus  •  3 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Whitehaven
  2. Take the bus from Whitehaven to Ambleside National Express

$22 - $32

Taxi  •  50 min

  1. Take a taxi from Carlisle to Ambleside 42.7 miles

$150 - $180

Drive  •  50 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Ambleside 42.7 miles

$9 - $14

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The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Ambleside is to drive which costs £7 - £11 and takes 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Ambleside is to taxi which costs £110 - £140 and takes 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Ambleside. However, there are services departing from Carlisle, Market Hall and arriving at Ambleside via Cockermouth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 45 min.

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The distance between Carlisle and Ambleside is 32 miles. The road distance is 42.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Ambleside without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 45 min and costs £10 - £14.

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It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to get from Carlisle to Ambleside, including transfers.

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Carlisle to Ambleside bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, depart from Carlisle, Market Hall station.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Ambleside is to bus which takes 2 h 45 min and costs £10 - £14. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £22 - £50 and takes 2 h 52 min.

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Carlisle to Ambleside bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Ambleside station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Ambleside is 43 miles. It takes approximately 50 min to drive from Carlisle to Ambleside.

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Map of how to get from Carlisle to Ambleside.
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  • Distance: 32.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 45 min

What companies run services between Carlisle, England and Ambleside, England?

You can take a bus from Carlisle to Ambleside via Cockermouth in around 2 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Carlisle to Ambleside via Oxenholme Lake District, Windermere, and Windermere in around 2 h 52 min.

Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Oxenholme Lake District
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$10 - $15
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $29
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Oxenholme Lake District
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Whitehaven
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Bus operators
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
cumbrianorthlancs.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Carlisle, Market Hall to Cockermouth, Main Street
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
stagecoachbus.com
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 Cockermouth to Ambleside
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
National Express
Bus from Whitehaven to Ambleside
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
National Express
Other operators
Taxi from Carlisle to Ambleside
Ave. Duration
50 min
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Radio Taxis Carlisle
Phone
+44 1228 527575
Website
radiotaxis.org.uk
Cumbria Cabs
Phone
+44 1228 899599

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