There are 5 ways to get from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan by train, bus or car

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

Recommended option

Train, bus National Express  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Newcastle to Carlisle
  2. Take the bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan National Express

$33 - $51

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle St James (Opposite St James Metro Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station) 685
  2. Take the bus from Carlisle to Stranraer National Express

$24 - $36

3 alternative options

Train, bus via Edinburgh  •  6 h 39 min

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

$61 - $143

Train  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Newcastle to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  3. Take the train from Ayr to Stranraer

$64 - $160

Drive  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan 161.8 miles

$30 - $50

What companies run services between Newcastle upon Tyne, England and Cairnryan, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan via Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station), Carlisle, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) in around 6 h 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan via Glasgow Central, Ayr, Stranraer, and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) in around 7 h 6 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $24
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $17
Train from Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $20
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from Newcastle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$50 - $75
Anytime Single
$80 - $120
Off-Peak Single
$75 - $120
Virgin Trains East Coast
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
Train from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Newcastle to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$60 - $90
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Carlisle to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Carlisle to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
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 - $26
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Arriva Northumbria
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle St James (Opposite St James Metro Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle St James (Opposite St James Metro Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Newcastle upon Tyne and Cairnryan is 217 km. The road distance is 259 km.

The cheapest way to get from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan is to bus which costs £17 - £27 and takes 6 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan is to drive which takes 3 h 1 min and costs £25 - £40.

No, there is no direct bus from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle St James (Opposite St James Metro Station) and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Carlisle and Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 40 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 6 min to get from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairnryan, including transfers.