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There are 8 ways to get from Stirling to Bolton by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Preston

£70 - £287

Cheapest option

Bus, line 125 bus  •  7h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Bus Station M11
  2. Take the line 125 bus from Preston City Centre, Bus Station to Bolton, Claremont Church 125

£23 - £36

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Night train  •  4h 58m

  1. Take the night train from Stirling to Preston

£50 - £63

Train, night train  •  5h 22m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the night train from Glasgow Central to Bolton

£67 - £114

Drive  •  3h 37m

  1. Drive from Stirling to Bolton 219.8 miles

£30 - £50

Train to Glasgow, fly to Manchester  •  6h 37m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Manchester (MAN) GLA - MAN

£29 - £246

Train to Edinburgh, fly to Birmingham, train  •  6h 16m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Edinburgh Park
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Birmingham (BHX) EDI - BHX
  3. Take the train from Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly

£59 - £281

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Manchester  •  6h 14m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Manchester (MAN) ABZ - MAN

£67 - £311

Stirling to Bolton by train and walk

The journey time between Stirling and Bolton is around 4h 16m and covers a distance of around 242 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 37m. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service, Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express Service and others. Typically 106 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
4h 16m
Fastest journey time:
3h 37m
Journey distance:
242 miles
Services per week:
106
Cheapest price:
£70
Carbon emissions:
20 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:49
Last service departs at:
23:33

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Stirling to Bolton train and walk schedules

Departing Thursday, July 29, 2021

Stirling → Bolton
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Stirling to Bolton is to bus and line 125 bus which costs £22 - £40 and takes 7h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Stirling to Bolton is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3h 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stirling to Bolton. However, there are services departing from Stirling, Islamic Centre and arriving at Bolton, Claremont Church via Buchanan Bus Station and Preston City Centre, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 8m.

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No, there is no direct train from Stirling to Bolton. However, there are services departing from Stirling and arriving at Bolton via Glasgow Central and Preston. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 23m.

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The distance between Stirling and Bolton is 186 miles. The road distance is 219.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Stirling to Bolton without a car is to train which takes 4h 23m and costs £70 - £290.

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It takes approximately 4h 23m to get from Stirling to Bolton, including transfers.

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Stirling to Bolton bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Buchanan Bus Station.

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Stirling to Bolton train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Stirling station.

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The best way to get from Stirling to Bolton is to train which takes 4h 23m and costs £70 - £290. Alternatively, you can bus and line 125 bus, which costs £22 - £40 and takes 7h 8m.

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Map of how to get from Stirling to Bolton.
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  • Distance: 186.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 23m

What companies run services between Stirling, Scotland and Bolton, England?

You can take a train from Stirling to Bolton via Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, and Preston in around 4h 23m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Stirling to Bolton via Buchanan Bus Station and Preston City Centre, Bus Station in around 7h 8m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £240
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £240
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £150
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £150
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £460
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £460
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
£9 - £110
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£9 - £110
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £130
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £650
Flights from Aberdeen to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£110 - £400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£240 - £390
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£90 - £210
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £430
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£6 - £19
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£6 - £10
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£14 - £19
Train from Stirling to Edinburgh Park
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £20
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£7 - £11
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£15 - £20
Train from Stirling to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£26 - £80
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£26 - £40
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £80
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£70 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£180 - £250
Train from Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £120
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£55 - £90
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£40 - £65
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £90
Night train from Glasgow Central to Bolton
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£60 - £95
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£24 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£45 - £75
Anytime Day Single
£60 - £95
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £22
Website
Megabus UK
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
enquiries.merseyside@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Preston City Centre, Bus Station to Bolton, Claremont Church
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £5
Website
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire

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There is no direct flight from Glasgow Airport to Manchester Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 55m and has one stopover.

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Stirling to Bolton bus services, operated by Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire, arrive at Bolton, Claremont Church station.

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Stirling to Bolton train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Preston station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Stirling to Bolton is 220 miles. It takes approximately 3h 37m to drive from Stirling to Bolton.

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Jet2.com, Lufthansa, KLM and three other airlines offer flights from Glasgow Airport to Manchester Airport.

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