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

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Train  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Kilmarnock to Stranraer

$26 - $31

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Bus  •  3 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) X16 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923

$21 - $26

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Bus, line 358 bus  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) X16 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) to Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) 60 / ...
  3. Take the line 358 bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) to Cairnryan, Post Office 358 / ...

$26

Drive  •  1 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan 58.8 miles

$12 - $19

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Kilmarnock station 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.

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The distance between Kilmarnock and Cairnryan is 49 miles. The road distance is 58.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan without a car is to train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs £19 - £24.

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

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Kilmarnock to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, arrive at Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street).

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The best way to get from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan is to train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs £19 - £24. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £20 and takes 3 h 41 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Kilmarnock to Cairnryan is 59 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 13 min to drive from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan.

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  • Distance: 49.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

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

ScotRail operates a train from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan every 4 hours. Tickets cost $21 - $27 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
$21 - $27
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $27
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
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
$7
Website
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
$10
Website
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
$9
Website
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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