There are 5 ways to get from Dublin to Cairnryan by train, car ferry, bus or car

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Train, car ferry via Larne  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station
  2. Take the train from Belfast Central Train Station to Larne Harbour 2
  3. Take the car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan

$76 - $158

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Dublin to Larne
  2. Take the car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan

$58 - $136

3 alternative options

Bus, train, car ferry  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Busáras to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre X2a / ...
  2. Take the train from Great Victoria Street to Larne Harbour 2
  3. Take the car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan

$68 - $141

Train, car ferry  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station Enterprise Service / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

$86 - $102

Bus, car ferry  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre 705-x
  2. Take the car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan

$58 - $135

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Cairnryan is to bus and car ferry which costs 45€ - 120€ and takes 7 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Cairnryan is to drive and car ferry which costs 45€ - 120€ and takes 4 h 15 min.

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The distance between Dublin and Cairnryan is 199 km.

The best way to get from Dublin to Cairnryan without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 7 h 15 min and costs 60€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to get from Dublin to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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There are 130+ hotels available in Cairnryan. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 124.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 15 min

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Cairnryan, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Dublin to Cairnryan. However, you can take the train to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station, take the walk to Belfast Central Train Station, take the train to Larne Harbour, take the walk to Larne, then take the car ferry to Cairnryan. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Dublin to Cairnryan via Belfast, Europa Bus Centre, Great Victoria Street, Larne Harbour, and Larne in around 7 h 28 min.

Train operators
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Belfast Central Train Station to Larne Harbour
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Train from Great Victoria Street to Larne Harbour
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Busáras to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
Ferry operators
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $95
Schedules at
poferries.com
Passenger Standard
$40
Passenger Flexi
$66
Standard Car
$92
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$169

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