There are 2 ways to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan by bus or car

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Recommended option

Bus  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Stranraer National Express

$15 - $20

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Cairnryan 104.4 miles

$22 - $35

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

National Express operates a bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan once a week. Tickets cost $12 - $17 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min.

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Carlisle and Cairnryan is 133 km. The road distance is 167 km.

The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan is to bus which costs £11 - £16 and takes 3 h 21 min.

The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan is to drive which takes 2 h 1 min and costs £16 - £25.

No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 21 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 21 min to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan, including transfers.