There are 4 ways to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan by train, bus, taxi 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  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Ayr to Stranraer

$25 - $33

Cheapest option

Bus, line 358 bus  •  3 h 33 min

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

$13 - $18

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Take a taxi from Prestwick to Cairnryan 48.3 miles

$150 - $190

Drive  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Prestwick to Cairnryan 48.3 miles

$10 - $15

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

ScotRail operates a train from Prestwick to Cairnryan every 4 hours. Tickets cost $19 - $24 and the journey takes 1 h 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Prestwick to Cairnryan via Ayr, Carrick Street (Gaitey Theatre), Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street), and Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue) in around 3 h 33 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Ayr to Stranraer
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $24
Bus operators
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
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
$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 - $7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Other operators
Taxi from Prestwick to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Estimated price
$150 - $190

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Prestwick to Cairnryan?

The distance between Prestwick and Cairnryan is 64 km. The road distance is 77 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan?

The cheapest way to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan is to drive which costs £7 - £11 and takes 1 h 2 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan?

The quickest way to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan is to taxi which takes 1 h 2 min and costs £110 - £140.

Is there a direct bus between Prestwick and Cairnryan?

No, there is no direct bus from Prestwick to Cairnryan. However, there are services departing from Prestwick, Gardiner Street and arriving at Cairnryan, Post Office via Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) and Girvan, Elder Avenue (Opp 86 Elder Avenue). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 33 min.

How long does it take to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan?

It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to get from Prestwick to Cairnryan, including transfers.