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There are 3 ways to get from East Kilbride to Ambleside by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train  •  4h 31m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Oxenholme Lake District

£55 - £224

2 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 23m

  1. Take the bus from East Kilbride, Bus Station to Hamilton, Bus Station 250 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton, Scotland to Penrith
  3. Take the bus from Penrith, Rail Station to Keswick, Bus Station X5 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Keswick, Bus Station to Ambleside, Salutation Hotel 555

Drive  •  2h 15m

  1. Drive from East Kilbride to Ambleside 132.5 miles

£20 - £30

East Kilbride to Ambleside by train and bus

The journey time between East Kilbride and Ambleside is around 4h 44m and covers a distance of around 178 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 22m. Operated by First ScotRail Service, Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express Service and others, the East Kilbride to Ambleside service departs from East Kilbride and arrives in Ambleside, bus interchange. Typically 68 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
4h 44m
Fastest journey time:
3h 22m
Journey distance:
178 miles
Services per week:
68
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
15 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:51
Last service departs at:
23:57

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

East Kilbride to Ambleside train and bus schedules

Departing Thursday, August 5, 2021

East Kilbride → Ambleside
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Ambleside is 111.

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The social distance requirement in Ambleside is 1 metre.

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The cheapest way to get from East Kilbride to Ambleside is to drive which costs £20 - £30 and takes 2h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from East Kilbride to Ambleside is to drive which costs £20 - £30 and takes 2h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from East Kilbride station to Ambleside. However, there are services departing from East Kilbride, Bus Station and arriving at Ambleside, Salutation Hotel via Hamilton, Scotland, Penrith, Rail Station and Keswick, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 23m.

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The distance between East Kilbride and Ambleside is 104 miles. The road distance is 132.5 miles.

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The best way to get from East Kilbride to Ambleside without a car is to train which takes 4h 31m and costs £55 - £230.

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It takes approximately 4h 31m to get from East Kilbride to Ambleside, including transfers.

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East Kilbride to Ambleside bus services, operated by Whitelaws Coaches, depart from East Kilbride, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from East Kilbride to Ambleside is to train which takes 4h 31m and costs £55 - £230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6h 23m.

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East Kilbride to Ambleside bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, arrive at Ambleside, Salutation Hotel station.

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Yes, the driving distance between East Kilbride to Ambleside is 133 miles. It takes approximately 2h 15m to drive from East Kilbride to Ambleside.

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  • Distance: 104.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 31m

What companies run services between East Kilbride, Scotland and Ambleside, England?

Avanti West Coast operates a train from Glasgow Central to Oxenholme Lake District hourly. Tickets cost £55 - £200 and the journey takes 1h 47m. TransPennine Express Service also services this route 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from East Kilbride to Ambleside via Hamilton, Bus Station, Hamilton, Scotland, Penrith, Rail Station, and Keswick, Bus Station in around 6h 23m.

Train operators
Bus operators
Whitelaws Coaches
Phone
+44 1698 792800
Website
traveline.info
Bus from East Kilbride, Bus Station to Hamilton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
Whitelaws Coaches
JMB Travel
Phone
01698 386 030
Email
mail@jmbtravel.co.uk
Website
jmbtravel.co.uk
Bus from East Kilbride, Bus Station to Hamilton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
JMB Travel
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 Hamilton, Scotland to Penrith
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
National Express
Stagecoach North West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Penrith, Rail Station to Keswick, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Stagecoach North West
Bus from Keswick, Bus Station to Ambleside, Salutation Hotel
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Stagecoach North West
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
cumbrianorthlancs.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Keswick, Bus Station to Ambleside, Salutation Hotel
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £8
Website
stagecoachbus.com

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