There are 4 ways to get from Penrith to Carlisle by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  15 min

  1. Take the train from Penrith North Lakes to Carlisle

$7 - $23

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Bus  •  30 min

  1. Take the bus from Penrith to Carlisle National Express / ...

$6 - $9

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Taxi  •  24 min

  1. Take a taxi from Penrith to Carlisle 21.1 miles

$75 - $90

Drive  •  24 min

  1. Drive from Penrith to Carlisle 21.1 miles

$4 - $7

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The cheapest way to get from Penrith to Carlisle is to drive which costs £3 - £6 and takes 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Penrith to Carlisle is to train which costs £6 - £18 and takes 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Penrith and arriving at Carlisle. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Penrith North Lakes and arriving at Carlisle. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 15 min.

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The distance between Penrith and Carlisle is 18 miles. The road distance is 21.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Penrith to Carlisle without a car is to train which takes 15 min and costs £6 - £18.

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The train from Penrith North Lakes to Carlisle takes 15 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Penrith to Carlisle bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Penrith station.

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Penrith to Carlisle train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, depart from Penrith North Lakes station.

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The best way to get from Penrith to Carlisle is to train which takes 15 min and costs £6 - £18. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £4 - £7 and takes 30 min.

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  • Distance: 17.5 miles
  • Duration: 15 min

What companies run services between Penrith, England and Carlisle, England?

Virgin West Coast Trains operates a train from Penrith to Carlisle hourly. Tickets cost $14 - $23 and the journey takes 15 min. TransPennine Express also services this route hourly. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Penrith to Carlisle twice daily. Tickets cost $6 - $9 and the journey takes 30 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Penrith North Lakes to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $23
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Penrith North Lakes to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$5 - $9
Off-Peak Day Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$7 - $11
Bus operators
Irving of Dalston
Phone
01228 710810
Email
irvingofdalston@gmail.com
Website
irvingofdalstoncoaches.co.uk
Bus from Penrith, Bus Station (P) (Stand 1) to Denton Holme, Kenmount Place (no.s 95 to 97 - top stop)
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
irvingofdalstoncoaches.co.uk
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
cumbrianorthlancs.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Penrith, Graham Street (junction with Graham Street) to Carlisle, The Courts (Cumbria County Council Offices)
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$8
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Other operators
Taxi from Penrith to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
24 min
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Radio Taxis Carlisle
Phone
+44 1228 527575
Website
radiotaxis.org.uk
Cumbria Cabs
Phone
+44 1228 899599

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Penrith to Carlisle bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Carlisle station.

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Penrith to Carlisle train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, arrive at Carlisle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Penrith to Carlisle is 21 miles. It takes approximately 24 min to drive from Penrith to Carlisle.

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The nearest airport to Carlisle is Carlisle (CAX) Airport which is 5.9 miles away. Other nearby airports include Newcastle (NCL) (50 miles), Edinburgh (EDI) (75.1 miles), Leeds Bradford (LBA) (88.1 miles) and Glasgow (GLA) (89.5 miles).

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There are 262+ hotels available in Carlisle. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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