There are 10 ways to get from Edinburgh to Donegal by bus, car ferry, train, car or plane

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, car ferry  •  11 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Take the bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Enniskillen 261
  4. Take the bus from Enniskillen, Ulsterbus Depot Enniskillen to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel 30 / ...

Cheapest option

Fly Edinburgh to Knock, bus  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Knock (NOC) EDI - NOC
  2. Take the bus from Murray's Bar to Garda Station, Donegal Town

$60 - $239

8 alternative options

Train, bus, car ferry  •  12 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  3. Take the bus from Ayr Railway Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal Sl
  4. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  5. Take the bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Enniskillen 261
  6. Take the bus from Enniskillen, Ulsterbus Depot Enniskillen to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel 30 / ...

Drive, car ferry  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Larne
  3. Drive from Larne to Donegal

$81 - $168

Fly Edinburgh to Derry, bus  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Derry (LDY) EDI - LDY
  2. Take the bus from Foyle Street Bus Station Derry to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel

Train to Glasgow, fly to Derry, bus  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Derry (LDY) GLA - LDY
  3. Take the bus from Foyle Street Bus Station Derry to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove), bus  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) EDI - BFS
  2. Take the bus from Foyle Street Bus Station Derry to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast City, bus  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast City (BHD) EDI - BHD
  2. Take the bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Enniskillen
  3. Take the bus from Enniskillen, Ulsterbus Depot Enniskillen to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel

Fly Edinburgh to Dublin, bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Dublin (DUB) EDI - DUB
  2. Take the bus from Dublin Airport to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel

Train to Glasgow, fly to Donegal, bus  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Donegal (CFN) GLA - CFN
  3. Take the bus from Dungloe to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Donegal is to fly and bus which costs £45 - £190 and takes 7 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Donegal is to drive and car ferry which costs £60 - £140 and takes 6 h 57 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Donegal is 214 miles.

It takes approximately 11 h 53 min to get from Edinburgh to Donegal, including transfers.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Donegal.
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  • Distance: 214.2 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 53 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Donegal, IE-DL, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Donegal. However, you can take the bus to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the walk to Cairnryan, take the car ferry to Belfast, take the taxi to Belfast Europa Bus Centre, take the bus to Enniskillen, take the walk to Enniskillen, Ulsterbus Depot Enniskillen, then take the bus to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Donegal via Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Ayr, Ayr Railway Station, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Cairnryan, Belfast, Belfast Europa Bus Centre, Enniskillen, and Enniskillen, Ulsterbus Depot Enniskillen in around 12 h 50 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to Knock
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Derry
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $190
Flights from Glasgow to Derry
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$25 - $140
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $200
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Derry
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $290
Flights from Glasgow to Donegal
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $310
Hainan
Website
hainanairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
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 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $18
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $16
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
$26 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Enniskillen
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Regional
$19 - $28
Bus Eireann
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Enniskillen, Ulsterbus Depot Enniskillen to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Foyle Street Bus Station Derry to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Dublin Airport to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Dungloe to Donegal, Donegal Abbey Hotel
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dodds of Troon
Phone
01292 288100
Email
info@doddsoftroon.com
Website
doddsoftroon.com
Bus from Ayr Railway Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
doddsoftroon.com
Bus Feda Teoranta
Website
feda.ie
Bus from Murray's Bar to Garda Station, Donegal Town
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $23
Schedules at
feda.iesite
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$39
Small Car
$165
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Larne
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $90
Schedules at
poferries.com
Passenger Standard
$39
Passenger Flexi
$64
Standard Car
$90

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