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

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Train, bus  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Dumfries
  2. Take the bus from Dumfries, Railway Station to Stranraer, Port Rodie 500 / ...

Cheapest option

Train  •  6 h 8 min

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

$57 - $130

2 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle, Eaten by Monsters to Annan, Stance 2 79 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dumfries, English Street to Stranraer, Port Rodie 500 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Cairnryan 104.4 miles

$22 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £17 - £25 and takes 2 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £17 - £25 and takes 2 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Carlisle, Eaten by Monsters and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Annan, Stance 3, Dumfries, English Street and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 18 min.

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The distance between Carlisle and Cairnryan is 83 miles. The road distance is 104.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan without a car is to train and bus which takes 5 h 18 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 18 min to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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Carlisle to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumberland, depart from Carlisle, Eaten by Monsters station.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan is to train which takes 6 h 8 min and costs £40 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 18 min.

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Carlisle to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, arrive at Stranraer, Port Rodie station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Cairnryan is 104 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 1 min to drive from Carlisle to Cairnryan.

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Map of how to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 83.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 18 min

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

You can take a train from Carlisle to Cairnryan via Glasgow Central, Ayr, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal in around 6 h 8 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan via Annan, Stance 2, Annan, Stance 3, Dumfries, DG One A, Dumfries, English Street, Stranraer, Port Rodie, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal in around 7 h 18 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Dumfries
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$10 - $14
Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$29 - $40
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $16
Train from Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $20
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Dumfries
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
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 - $25
Off-Peak Day Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Dumfries, Railway Station to Stranraer, Port Rodie
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Dumfries, English Street to Stranraer, Port Rodie
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Stagecoach Cumberland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Carlisle, Eaten by Monsters to Annan, Stance 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
cumbrianorthlancs.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Carlisle, Eaten by Monsters to Annan, Stance 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Website
stagecoachbus.com

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