There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan by bus, train 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

Bus Scottish Citylink  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923

$29 - $40

Cheapest option

Bus via Dumfries, Whitesands (Opp Rural Stances)  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Fountainbridge, Bread Street (at 145-149) to Dumfries, Whitesands (Opp Rural Stances) 102 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dumfries, Scotland to Cairnryan National Express

$24 - $30

3 alternative options

Train via Glasgow Queen Street  •  5 h 25 min

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

$49 - $62

Train  •  5 h 32 min

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

$47 - $98

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan 122.6 miles

$26 - $40

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan is to bus which costs £18 - £23 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan is to drive which takes 2 h 24 min and costs £19 - £29.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Cairnryan is 158 km. The road distance is 196 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Cairnryan, Stena Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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

Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh to Cairnryan 3 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Cairnryan via Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow, North Court (Buchanan Street), Glasgow, Central Station, Glasgow Central, Ayr, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) in around 5 h 25 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
$9 - $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 Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $20
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
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 Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Fountainbridge, Bread Street (at 145-149) to Dumfries, Whitesands (Opp Rural Stances)
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $13
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
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 Dumfries, Scotland to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com

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