There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  4 h 10 min

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

$30 - $40

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923

$36 - $47

Train  •  5 h 48 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

$45 - $94

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan 122.6 miles

$26 - $40

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station 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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The distance between Edinburgh and Cairnryan is 99 miles. The road distance is 122.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 10 min and costs .

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

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Edinburgh to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10).

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan is to bus which takes 4 h 10 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 5 h 48 min.

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Edinburgh to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Cairnryan, Stena Terminal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Cairnryan is 123 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 24 min to drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan.

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There are 125+ hotels available in Cairnryan. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 99 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 10 min

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

Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh to Cairnryan every 4 hours. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Cairnryan via Glasgow Central, Ayr, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) in around 5 h 48 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
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
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
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
Train from Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $20
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk

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