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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 23 min

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

$73 - $142

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 (Bus Stance 3) 976

$34 - $51

2 alternative options

Night train, ferry  •  15 h 25 min

  1. Take the night train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the ferry from Greenock Custom House Quay Ferry Terminal to Oban North Pier Ferry Terminal Wav

Drive  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Carlisle to Oban 191.3 miles

$40 - $60

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 23 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 17 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$19 - $27
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $65
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$18 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$29 - $40
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$120 - $170
Sleeper Berth Solo
$205
Sleeper Seat
$24 - $35
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Oban, Station Road (Bus Stance 3)
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Ferry operators
Paddle Steamer Waverley
Phone
+44 845 130 4647
Email
info@waverleyexcursions.co.uk
Website
waverleyexcursions.co.uk
Ferry from Greenock Custom House Quay Ferry Terminal to Oban North Pier Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
waverleyexcursions.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Carlisle to Oban?

The distance between Carlisle and Oban is 232 km. The road distance is 306 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Oban?

The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Oban is to bus which costs £24 - £40 and takes 5 h 46 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Carlisle to Oban?

The quickest way to get from Carlisle to Oban is to drive which takes 3 h 29 min and costs £29 - £45.

Is there a direct train between Carlisle and Oban?

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 23 min.

Is there a direct bus between Carlisle and Oban?

No, there is no direct bus from Carlisle to Oban. However, there are services departing from Carlisle and arriving at Oban, Station Road (Bus Stance 3) via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 46 min.

How long does it take to get from Carlisle to Oban?

It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to get from Carlisle to Oban, including transfers.