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There are 6 ways to get from Carlisle to Loch Ness by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  7h 18m

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

$76 - $162

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Bus  •  7h 50m

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

$44 - $70

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Bus via Galashiels, Transport Interchange  •  10h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle, Apple Tree to Galashiels, Transport Interchange X95
  2. Take the bus from Galashiels, Transport Interchange to South Side, Surgeons' Hall X62 / ...
  3. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...

$55 - $78

Night train  •  7h 55m

  1. Take the night train from Carlisle to Inverness

$46 - $67

Drive  •  4h 35m

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Loch Ness 266.1 miles

$55 - $85

Train, fly  •  7h 2m

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

$127 - $318

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

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

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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 via Buchanan Bus Station and Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 50m.

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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 7h 18m and costs £55 - £130.

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It takes approximately 7h 18m 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 7h 18m and costs £55 - £130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £55 and takes 7h 50m.

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

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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: 7h 18m

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 7h 18m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Carlisle to Loch Ness via Buchanan Bus Station and Inverness, Bus Station in around 7h 50m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
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
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
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
2h 6m
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
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
5 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
6h 18m
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
1h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
National Express
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
3h 23m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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, Apple Tree to Galashiels, Transport Interchange
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Galashiels, Transport Interchange to South Side, Surgeons' Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Loch Ness is 266 miles. It takes approximately 4h 35m 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 555+ hotels available in Loch Ness. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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