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

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Train  •  3h 7m

  1. Take the train from Kilmarnock to Stranraer

$25 - $32

Cheapest option

Bus, line 358 bus  •  3h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Ayr, Beresford Terrace X16
  2. Take the bus from Ayr, Smith Street to Girvan, Young Street 60 / ...
  3. Take the line 358 bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue to Cairnryan, Post Office 358 / ...

$16 - $22

2 alternative options

Line 4 bus, bus, line 358 bus  •  3h 35m

  1. Take the line 4 bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Ayr, Bus Station 4 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ayr, Bus Station to Girvan, Young Street 60 / ...
  3. Take the line 358 bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue to Cairnryan, Post Office 358 / ...

$16 - $24

Drive  •  1h 13m

  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 1h 13m.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Kilmarnock station to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Kilmarnock, Bus Station and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Ayr, Smith Street and Girvan, Elder Avenue. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 29m.

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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 3h 7m and costs £19 - £25.

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It takes approximately 3h 7m 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.

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The best way to get from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan is to train which takes 3h 7m and costs £19 - £25. Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs £12 - £17 and takes 3h 29m.

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Kilmarnock to Cairnryan bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, arrive at Cairnryan, Post Office station.

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

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  • Distance: 49.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 7m

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

ScotRail operates a train from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan every 4 hours. Tickets cost $21 - $27 and the journey takes 1h 51m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kilmarnock to Cairnryan via Ayr, Beresford Terrace, Ayr, Smith Street, Girvan, Young Street, and Girvan, Elder Avenue in around 3h 29m.

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
1h 51m
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
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Ayr, Beresford Terrace
Ave. Duration
32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Ayr, Smith Street to Girvan, Young Street
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Girvan, Elder Avenue to Cairnryan, Post Office
Ave. Duration
38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Ayr, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Ayr, Bus Station to Girvan, Young Street
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland

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