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There are 5 ways to get from East Kilbride to Ballycastle by train, ferry, bus, car ferry, car or plane

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Train, ferry  •  8h 21m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour
  2. Take the ferry from Ardrossan Ferry Terminal to Campbeltown Ferry Terminal
  3. Take the ferry from Campbeltown to Ballycastle

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Fly to Belfast City, train, bus  •  7h 19m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Belfast City (BHD) GLA - BHD
  2. Take the train from Belfast Great Victoria Street to Ballymena
  3. Take the bus from Ballymena Bus Center to Ballycastle Marine Corner

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Bus, car ferry  •  12h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Take the bus from Ballymena Bus Center to Ballycastle Marine Corner 131 / ...

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 46m

  1. Drive from East Kilbride to Cairnryan
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Drive from Belfast to Ballycastle

Train, fly to Derry, bus  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the train from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Derry (LDY) GLA - LDY
  4. Take the bus from Coleraine to Ballycastle Marine Corner

East Kilbride to Ballycastle by train and ferry

The journey time between East Kilbride and Ballycastle is around 16h 5m and covers a distance of around 130 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 10h 30m. The fastest journey normally takes 16h 5m. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service, Caledonian MacBrayne and Kintyre Express. Typically two services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
5h 35m
Layover time:
10h 30m
Total time:
16h 5m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
16h 5m
Journey distance:
130 miles
Services per week:
2
Cheapest price:
£66
Carbon emissions:
6 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
16:55
Last service departs at:
16:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

East Kilbride to Ballycastle train and ferry schedules

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

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Ballycastle is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Ballycastle is 1 metre.

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The cheapest way to get from East Kilbride to Ballycastle is to train and ferry which costs £65 - £90 and takes 8h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from East Kilbride to Ballycastle is to train and fly and bus which costs £90 - £290 and takes 6h 50m.

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The distance between East Kilbride and Ballycastle is 91 miles.

The best way to get from East Kilbride to Ballycastle without a car is to train and ferry which takes 8h 21m and costs £65 - £90.

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It takes approximately 8h 21m to get from East Kilbride to Ballycastle, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Glasgow Airport to Belfast City Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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British Airways offers flights from Glasgow Airport to Belfast City Airport.

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There are 205+ hotels available in Ballycastle. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Map of how to get from East Kilbride to Ballycastle.
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  • Distance: 90.6 miles
  • Duration: 8h 21m

What companies run services between East Kilbride, Scotland and Ballycastle, Northern Ireland?

There is no direct connection from East Kilbride to Ballycastle. However, you can take the train to Glasgow Central, take the train to Ardrossan Harbour, take the walk to Ardrossan Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Campbeltown, then take the ferry to Ballycastle. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from East Kilbride to Ballycastle via Glasgow Central, Buchanan Bus Station, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Cairnryan, Belfast, Belfast Stena Line Terminus, Belfast CastleCourt, Belfast Bridge Street, and Ballymena Bus Center in around 12h 10m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £340
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Derry
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£90 - £220
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6 - £20
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£6 - £10
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£15 - £20
Train from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £7
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£3 - £5
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£5 - £7
Train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £5
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£2 - £4
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£3 - £5
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Belfast Great Victoria Street to Ballymena
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £23
Website
Scottish Citylink
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Bus from Ballymena Bus Center to Ballycastle Marine Corner
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus from Coleraine to Ballycastle Marine Corner
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Ferry operators

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