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

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Train  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban

$56 - $129

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Carlisle to Glasgow National Express
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Oban, Station Road 976

$32 - $45

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Carlisle to Stirling
  2. Take the bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Oban, Station Road 266

Drive  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Oban 191.3 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Oban is to bus which costs £24 - £35 and takes 5 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Oban is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Oban station. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Oban, Station Road via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 46 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Carlisle to Oban. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Oban via Glasgow Queen Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 20 min.

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The distance between Carlisle and Oban is 145 miles. The road distance is 191.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Oban without a car is to train which takes 5 h 20 min and costs £40 - £100.

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It takes approximately 5 h 20 min to get from Carlisle to Oban, including transfers.

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

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Carlisle to Oban train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, depart from Carlisle station.

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The best way to get from Carlisle to Oban is to train which takes 5 h 20 min and costs £40 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £24 - £35 and takes 5 h 46 min.

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Map of how to get from Carlisle to Oban.
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  • Distance: 145.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 20 min

What companies run services between Carlisle, England and Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland?

You can take a train from Carlisle to Oban via Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street in around 5 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Carlisle to Oban via Glasgow and Buchanan Bus Station in around 5 h 46 min.

Train operators
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
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
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 Queen Street to Oban
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$27 - $35
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Carlisle to Stirling
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$26 - $40
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
1 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Scottish Citylink
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Oban, Station Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
fisherstours.co.uk

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Carlisle to Oban bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Oban, Station Road.

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Carlisle to Oban train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Oban station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlisle to Oban is 191 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to drive from Carlisle to Oban.

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There are 270+ hotels available in Oban. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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