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

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Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 48 min

$25 - $32

Cheapest option

Bus, line 358 bus  •  3 h 47 min

  1. X16 / ...
  2. 60 / ...
  3. 358 / ...

$14 - $18

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 41 min

  1. X16 / ...
  2. 923

$17 - $24

Drive  •  1 h 13 min

  1. 58.8 miles

$12 - $19

What companies run services between Kilmarnock, Scotland and Cairnryan, Scotland?

ScotRail operates a train from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan every 4 hours. Tickets cost $22 - $28 and the journey takes 1 h 51 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan via Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) and Cairnryan, Stena Terminal in around 3 h 41 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Kilmarnock to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$22 - $28
Bus operators
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street)
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) to Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue)
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) to Cairnryan, Post Office
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Kilmarnock and Cairnryan is 79 km. The road distance is 94 km.

The cheapest way to get from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £9 - £14 and takes 1 h 13 min.

The quickest way to get from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan is to drive which takes 1 h 13 min and costs £9 - £14.

No, there is no direct bus from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) and Cairnryan, Stena Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 41 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 48 min to get from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan, including transfers.