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There are 4 ways to get from Dublin to Cairnryan by train, car ferry, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train, car ferry  •  7h 15m

  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

$72 - $157

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  7h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Custom House Quay to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre 400
  2. Take the car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan

$49 - $127

2 alternative options

Bus, train, car ferry  •  7h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Dublin Airport 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

$59 - $142

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 15m

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

$55 - $136

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Cairnryan is to bus and car ferry which costs 40€ - 110€ and takes 7h 23m.

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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 4h 15m.

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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 7h 15m and costs 60€ - 140€.

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

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There are 138+ hotels available in Cairnryan. Prices start at $58 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: 7h 15m

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

There is no direct connection from Dublin to Cairnryan. However, you can take the train 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, Belfast Europa Bus Centre, Larne Bus Station, Larne Town, Larne Harbour, and Larne in around 7h 23m.

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
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Train from Great Victoria Street to Larne Harbour
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus operators
Dublin Coach
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
Aircoach
Bus Eireann
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
Bus Eireann
Ferry operators
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $95
Schedules at
poferries.com
Passenger Standard
$39
Passenger Flexi
$65
Standard Car
$91

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