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

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

Train  •  2 h 21 min

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

$56 - $115

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Ayr National Express

$16 - $21

3 alternative options

Train, line 42 bus  •  2 h 35 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 / ...

$28 - $45

Bus via Buchanan Bus Station  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Glasgow National Express
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) 923

$22 - $30

Drive  •  1 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Ayr 91 miles

$19 - $29

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 21 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Carlisle to Ayr via Glasgow and Buchanan Bus Station in around 3 h 45 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 18 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$18 - $26
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $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 - $30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$23 - $30
Bus operators
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Auchinleck, Well Road to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Carlisle to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Carlisle to Ayr
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Website
nationalexpress.com
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Carlisle and Ayr is 125 km. The road distance is 146 km.

The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Ayr is to bus which costs £11 - £16 and takes 4 h 5 min.

The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Ayr is to drive which takes 1 h 51 min and costs £14 - £21.

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 21 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Carlisle and arriving at Ayr. Services depart once a week, and operate Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 21 min to get from Carlisle to Ayr, including transfers.