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There are 5 ways to get from Carlisle to Ballachulish 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, bus  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Ballachulish, Tourist Information 914 / ...

£39 - £156

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Glasgow National Express
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Ballachulish, Tourist Information 914 / ...

£23 - £32

3 alternative options

Train, bus via Ardlui  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Ardlui
  3. Take the bus from Ardlui, Hotel to Ballachulish, Tourist Information 914 / ...

£41 - £176

Train, bus via Hamilton  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Motherwell
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Ballachulish, Tourist Information 914 / ...

£47 - £140

Drive  •  3h 22m

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Ballachulish 186.1 miles

£28 - £45

Carlisle to Ballachulish by train, walk and bus

The journey time between Carlisle and Ballachulish is around 5h 37m and covers a distance of around 189 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 54m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express Service, First ScotRail Service and others, the Carlisle to Ballachulish service departs from Carlisle and arrives in Ballachulish, Tourist Information. Typically 52 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
5h 37m
Fastest journey time:
3h 54m
Journey distance:
189 miles
Services per week:
52
Cheapest price:
£39
Carbon emissions:
25 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:08
Last service departs at:
22:52

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Carlisle to Ballachulish train, walk and bus schedules

Carlisle → Ballachulish
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The most affordable way to get from Carlisle to Ballachulish is to bus, which costs £23 - £35 and takes 5h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Ballachulish is to drive which costs £28 - £45 and takes 3h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Ballachulish. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Ballachulish, Tourist Information via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 38m.

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The distance between Carlisle and Ballachulish is 151 miles. The road distance is 186.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Ballachulish without a car is to train and bus which takes 5h 7m and costs £35 - £160.

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It takes approximately 5h 7m to get from Carlisle to Ballachulish, including transfers.

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Carlisle to Ballachulish bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Carlisle station.

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Carlisle to Ballachulish bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Ballachulish, Tourist Information station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Ballachulish is 186 miles. It takes approximately 3h 22m to drive from Carlisle to Ballachulish.

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  • Distance: 150.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 7m

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

You can take a bus from Carlisle to Ballachulish via Buchanan Bus Station in around 5h 38m.

Train operators
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £140
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£100 - £140
Train from Carlisle to Motherwell
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £120
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£14 - £21
Off-Peak Day Single
£25 - £40
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
Train from Carlisle to Motherwell
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£13 - £19
Off-Peak Day Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£21 - £65
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £65
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Ardlui
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Ballachulish, Tourist Information
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£17 - £24
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Ardlui, Hotel to Ballachulish, Tourist Information
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £14
Website
Scottish Citylink
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 Carlisle to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Website
National Express

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