There are 4 ways to get from Carlisle to Ayr by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr

$55 - $112

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Train, line 42 bus  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Auchinleck
  2. Take the line 42 bus from Auchinleck, Well Road to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) 42 / ...

$31 - $46

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Train, bus  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to New Cumnock
  2. Take the bus from New Cumnock, Afton Cottage (Nith Bridge) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) 43 / ...

$32 - $46

Drive  •  1 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Ayr 91 miles

$19 - $29

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The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Ayr is to drive which costs £14 - £22 and takes 1 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Ayr is to drive which costs £14 - £22 and takes 1 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Carlisle to Ayr. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Ayr via Glasgow Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 20 min.

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The distance between Carlisle and Ayr is 78 miles. The road distance is 91 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Ayr without a car is to train which takes 2 h 20 min and costs £40 - £90.

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It takes approximately 2 h 20 min to get from Carlisle to Ayr, including transfers.

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Carlisle to Ayr train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, depart from Carlisle station.

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Carlisle to Ayr train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Ayr station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Ayr is 91 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 51 min to drive from Carlisle to Ayr.

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  • Distance: 78 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 20 min

What companies run services between Carlisle, England and Ayr, Scotland?

You can take a train from Carlisle to Ayr via Glasgow Central in around 2 h 20 min.

Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$18 - $26
Off-Peak Day Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $17
Train from Carlisle to Auchinleck
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$23 - $29
Train from Carlisle to New Cumnock
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $26
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $26
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Auchinleck
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to New Cumnock
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Auchinleck, Well Road to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from New Cumnock, Afton Cottage (Nith Bridge) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11
Website
stagecoachbus.com

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