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There are 7 ways to get from Dublin to Argyll and Bute by train, car ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train, car ferry, bus via Ayr  •  12h 42m

  1. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Ayr station Sl
  4. Take the train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street

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Fly to Campbeltown, bus  •  11h 39m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Campbeltown (CAL) DUB - CAL
  2. Take the bus from Kilchenzie, Wellpark Cottages to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street

£27 - £81

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Bus, car ferry  •  13h 11m

  1. Take the bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  4. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street 926

£71 - £86

Train, car ferry, bus  •  13h 18m

  1. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  4. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street 926

£76 - £95

Drive, car ferry  •  7h 25m

  1. Drive from Dublin to Belfast
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Drive from Cairnryan to Argyll and Bute

£71 - £89

Fly to Glasgow, bus  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Glasgow (GLA) DUB - GLA
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street

£34 - £100

Fly to Edinburgh, bus  •  7h 56m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Edinburgh (EDI) DUB - EDI
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh Airport, Airport to Buchanan Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street

£44 - £134

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Argyll and Bute is 111.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Argyll and Bute is to fly and bus which costs 30€ - 95€ and takes 11h 39m.

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The fastest way to get from Dublin to Argyll and Bute is to fly and bus which takes 5h 21m and costs 35€ - 120€.

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The distance between Dublin and Argyll and Bute is 191 miles.

The best way to get from Dublin to Argyll and Bute without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 13h 11m and costs 80€ - 100€.

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It takes approximately 12h 42m to get from Dublin to Argyll and Bute, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Dublin Airport to Glasgow Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Ryanair and Aer Lingus offer flights from Dublin Airport to Glasgow Airport.

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There are 62+ hotels available in Argyll and Bute. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Dublin Airport is to bus which takes 11 min and costs 6€ - 10€.

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Argyll and Bute.
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  • Distance: 190.7 miles
  • Duration: 12h 42m

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Argyll and Bute, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Dublin to Argyll and Bute. However, you can take the train to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place, take the walk to Belfast Odyssey Complex, take the line 94 bus to Belfast Heron Road, take the walk to Belfast, take the car ferry to Cairnryan, take the walk to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the bus to Ayr station, take the walk to Ayr, take the train to Paisley Gilmour Street, take the train to Gourock, then take the drive to Argyll and Bute. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Dublin to Argyll and Bute via Belfast, Europa Bus Centre, Belfast Wellington Place, Belfast Heron Road, Belfast, Cairnryan, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, and Buchanan Bus Station in around 13h 11m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £160
Flights from Dublin to Campbeltown via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£18 - £95
Flights from Dublin to Campbeltown via London Heathrow, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£30 - £150
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £250
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£40 - £250
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £160
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£13 - £80
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£13 - £110
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Dublin to Campbeltown via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£5 - £45
Train operators
Irish Rail
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Dublin Connolly to Belfast Lanyon Place
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£14 - £21
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Ayr to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£7 - £22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£7 - £11
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£17 - £22
Bus operators
Dodds of Troon
Phone
01292 288100
Email
info@doddsoftroon.com
Website
doddsoftroon.com
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Ayr station
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Dodds of Troon
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£11
Website
Aircoach
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £23
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Kilchenzie, Wellpark Cottages to Lochgilphead, Lochnell Street
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Edinburgh Airport, Airport to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£9 - £13
Website
Scottish Citylink
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Phone
+44 844 770 7070
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£30
Website
Stena Line
Passenger
£30
Small Car
£129

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