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There are 4 ways to get from Fort William to Port Ellen by bus, ferry, train or plane

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Bus, ferry  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Oban, Station Road 918
  2. Take the ferry from Oban Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal Cm9

$19 - $26

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  10 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Fort William to Crianlarich
  2. Take the train from Crianlarich to Oban
  3. Take the ferry from Oban Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal Cm9

$38 - $55

Bus, ferry via Anniesland Cross  •  12 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Anniesland Cross 916 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anniesland Cross to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal 926
  3. Take the ferry from Kennacraig Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal Cm9

$46 - $64

Bus, fly  •  5 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Yacht Club to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Islay (ILY) GLA - ILY

$81 - $219

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Fort William to Port Ellen is to bus and ferry which costs £14 - £20 and takes 8 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Fort William to Port Ellen is to bus and fly which costs £60 - £170 and takes 5 h 41 min.

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The distance between Fort William and Port Ellen is 92 miles.

The best way to get from Fort William to Port Ellen without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 8 h 1 min and costs £14 - £20.

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It takes approximately 8 h 1 min to get from Fort William to Port Ellen, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Glasgow Airport to Islay Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Glasgow Airport to Islay Airport.

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There are 18+ hotels available in Port Ellen. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Fort William to Port Ellen.
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  • Distance: 92.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 1 min

What companies run services between Fort William, Scotland and Port Ellen, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Fort William to Port Ellen. However, you can take the bus to Oban, Station Road, take the walk to Oban Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Port Askaig, Ferry Terminal, then take the line 451 bus to Port Ellen, Charlotte Street. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Fort William to Port Ellen via Crianlarich, Oban, Oban Ferry Terminal, Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal, and Port Askaig, Ferry Terminal in around 10 h 29 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Islay
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $460
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Fort William to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $23
Train from Crianlarich to Oban
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$5 - $8
Anytime Day Single
$10 - $14
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Fort William to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$190
Sleeper Seat
$19 - $28
Bus operators
West Coast Motors
Phone
01586 552319
Email
enquiries@westcoastmotors.co.uk
Website
westcoastmotors.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Oban, Station Road
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
westcoastmotors.co.uk
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Anniesland Cross
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Anniesland Cross to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Yacht Club to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Ferry operators
Caledonian MacBrayne
Phone
+44 (0)1475 650 397
Email
enquiries@calmac.co.uk
Website
calmac.co.uk
Ferry from Oban Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
calmac.co.uk
Ferry from Kennacraig Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
calmac.co.uk

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