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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Ayr by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Ayr, Bus Station 923

$18 - $26

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Train via Glasgow Central  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr

$25 - $70

Train  •  2 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Ayr

$28 - $35

Train via Glasgow Queen Street  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr

$30 - $38

Drive  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Ayr 78.6 miles

$16 - $25

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Ayr is to drive which costs £13 - £19 and takes 1 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Ayr is to drive which costs £13 - £19 and takes 1 h 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station station and arriving at Ayr, Bus Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Ayr. Services depart four times a day, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 27 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Ayr is 66 miles. The road distance is 78.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Ayr without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 5 min and costs £14 - £20.

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The bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Ayr, Bus Station takes 2 h 5 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Edinburgh to Ayr bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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Edinburgh to Ayr train services, operated by ScotRail, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Ayr is to bus which takes 2 h 5 min and costs £14 - £20. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £19 - £55 and takes 2 h 24 min.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Ayr.
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  • Distance: 65.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 5 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Ayr, Scotland?

Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh to Ayr twice daily. Tickets cost $18 - $26 and the journey takes 2 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Ayr via Glasgow Central in around 2 h 24 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $18
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
Train from Edinburgh to Ayr
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $35
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink

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Edinburgh to Ayr bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Ayr, Bus Station.

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Edinburgh to Ayr train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Ayr station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Ayr is 79 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 29 min to drive from Edinburgh to Ayr.

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