There are 6 ways to get from Edinburgh to Ayr by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train via Glasgow Queen Street  •  2 h 2 min

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

$28 - $35

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) 923

$18 - $26

4 alternative options

Train CrossCountry  •  2 h 9 min

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

$28 - $75

Train  •  2 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Ayr

$28 - $40

Bus, line 4 bus  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street (west) (opp Boots) to Buchanan Bus Station 900
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) X76 / ...
  3. Take the line 4 bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Ayr, Cathcart Street 4 / ...

$21 - $28

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 £12 - £19 and takes 1 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Ayr is to drive which takes 1 h 29 min and costs £12 - £19.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Ayr is 105 km. The road distance is 126 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 2 min to get from Edinburgh to Ayr, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) and arriving at Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street). Services depart three times a day, and operate Saturday and Sunday. 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. The journey takes approximately 2 h 28 min.

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

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Ayr via Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central in around 2 h 2 min. Alternatively, Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh to Ayr 3 times a day. Tickets cost $18 - $26 and the journey takes 2 h 5 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $17
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Train from Edinburgh to Ayr
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $40
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street (west) (opp Boots) to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street)
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Ayr, Cathcart Street
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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