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

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Bus  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Stranraer National Express

$14 - $19

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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 bus which costs £10 - £16 and takes 3 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £17 - £26 and takes 2 h 1 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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It takes approximately 3 h 21 min to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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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.

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The nearest airport to Cairnryan is Glasgow/Prestwick (PIK) Airport which is 40.7 miles away. Other nearby airports include Belfast City (BHD) (42.1 miles), Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) (52.6 miles), Isle Of Man (IOM) (63.4 miles) and Glasgow (GLA) (66.3 miles).

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Map of how to get from Carlisle to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 83.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 21 min

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

National Express operates a bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan once a week. Tickets cost $11 - $16 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min.

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