There are 9 ways to get from Inverness to Cairnryan by train, bus, car, plane or car ferry

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

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Train, bus  •  7 h 25 min

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

$72 - $91

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Bus  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station G10
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923

$53 - $71

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Train, bus via Perth  •  7 h 45 min

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

$62 - $91

Train  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Perth
  2. Take the train from Perth to Glasgow Queen Street
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  4. Take the train from Ayr to Stranraer

$75 - $106

Bus via Halbeath, Park & Ride  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Halbeath, Park & Ride M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Halbeath, Kingdom Services to Ayr, Town Hall (New Bridge Street) 263

$73 - $84

Drive  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Inverness to Cairnryan 249.7 miles

$50 - $80

Fly Inverness to Belfast City, carferry  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Belfast City (BHD) INV - BHD
  2. Take the carferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

$116 - $237

Train, train to Glasgow, fly to Campbeltown, drive  •  10 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Perth
  2. Take the train from Perth to Glasgow Queen Street
  3. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Campbeltown (CAL) GLA - CAL
  4. Drive from Campbeltown to Cairnryan

$130 - $257

Fly Inverness to Glasgow, train  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Glasgow (GLA) INV - GLA
  2. Take the train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Ayr
  3. Take the train from Ayr to Stranraer

$140 - $289

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Inverness station to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Inverness, Bus Station and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Buchanan Bus Station and Cairnryan, Stena Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 24 min.

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The distance between Inverness and Cairnryan is 177 miles. The road distance is 249.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Cairnryan without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 25 min to get from Inverness to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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Inverness to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Inverness, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Cairnryan is to bus which takes 7 h 24 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 24 min.

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The quickest flight from Inverness Airport to Belfast City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Inverness to Cairnryan is 250 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to drive from Inverness to Cairnryan.

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Flybe offers flights from Inverness Airport to Belfast City Airport.

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Cairnryan.
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  • Distance: 177 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 25 min

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

You can take a bus from Inverness to Cairnryan via Buchanan Bus Station and Cairnryan, Stena Terminal in around 7 h 24 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Inverness to Cairnryan via Perth, 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 8 h 24 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$23 - $240
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $270
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Inverness to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Bristol
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via London Luton
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $3,300
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Train from Inverness to Perth
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$20 - $28
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Train from Perth to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $21
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $21
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $16
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
Train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Ayr
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
LNER
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
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
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Halbeath, Park & Ride
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Halbeath, Kingdom Services to Ayr, Town Hall (New Bridge Street)
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
fisherstours.co.uk
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$169

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The best way to get from Inverness to Inverness Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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