There are 7 ways to get from Inverness to Cairnryan by bus, train, car, plane or car ferry

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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

$52 - $71

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Train  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr

$74 - $90

Train via Perth  •  8 h 33 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

$72 - $103

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

$64 - $77

Drive  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Inverness to Cairnryan 249.7 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Glasgow, train  •  8 h 24 min

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

$143 - $293

Fly to Belfast City, car ferry  •  8 h

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

$93 - $213

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Inverness to Cairnryan is to bus which costs £35 - £55 and takes 7 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Inverness to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £40 - £60 and takes 4 h 35 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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It takes approximately 7 h 24 min to get from Inverness to Cairnryan, including transfers.

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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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What companies run services between Inverness, Scotland and Cairnryan, 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 Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Ayr, Ayr, Smith Street, and Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) in around 7 h 45 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $270
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Inverness to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via London Luton
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Inverness to Glasgow via Bristol
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
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
Every day
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 Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $16
Train from Inverness to Perth
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 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
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $21
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $21
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
LNER
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Halbeath, Park & Ride
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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
$168

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