There are 7 ways to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Haymarket
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Inverness

$77 - $163

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Bus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Glasgow National Express
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G10

$45 - $71

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Bus via Birkenside, Terminus  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle, Market Hall to Hawick, High School X95
  2. Take the bus from Hawick, High School to Birkenside, Harvieston Toll X95
  3. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station M90

$63 - $81

Night train  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Take the night train from Carlisle to Inverness

$47 - $67

Drive  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Loch Ness 266.1 miles

$55 - $85

Train to Manchester, fly  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Manchester Airport
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Inverness (INV) MAN - INV

$129 - $316

Fly from Carlisle  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Carlisle (CAX) to Inverness (INV) CAX - INV

$82 - $355

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The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness is to night train which costs £35 - £55 and takes 7 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness is to drive which costs £40 - £65 and takes 4 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Loch Ness. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End) via Buchanan Bus Station and Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 35 min.

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The distance between Carlisle and Loch Ness is 177 miles. The road distance is 266.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness without a car is to train which takes 6 h 41 min and costs £55 - £130.

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It takes approximately 6 h 41 min to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness is to train which takes 6 h 41 min and costs £55 - £130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £55 and takes 7 h 35 min, you could also fly, which costs £60 - £280 and takes 7 h 14 min.

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The quickest flight from Manchester Airport to Inverness Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Carlisle to Loch Ness bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Inverness, Bus Station.

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Map of how to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness.
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  • Distance: 177.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 41 min

What companies run services between Carlisle, England and Loch Ness, Scotland?

You can take a train from Carlisle to Loch Ness via Haymarket, Inverness, and Inverness, Bus Station in around 6 h 41 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Carlisle to Loch Ness via Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station, and Inverness, Bus Station in around 7 h 35 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Carlisle to Inverness via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$17 - $25
Off-Peak Day Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Train from Carlisle to Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$22 - $35
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $75
Virgin West Coast Trains
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Carlisle to Inverness
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$196
Sleeper Seat
$40 - $60
Bus operators
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
2 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $16
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 Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Borders Buses
Phone
01896 754350
Email
info@bordersbuses.co.uk
Website
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Carlisle, Market Hall to Hawick, High School
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Hawick, High School to Birkenside, Harvieston Toll
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Loch Ness is 266 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to drive from Carlisle to Loch Ness.

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Loganair offers flights from Manchester Airport to Inverness Airport.

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There are 551+ hotels available in Loch Ness. Prices start at $98 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Carlisle Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs £20 - £24.

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