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There are 4 ways to get from Stirling to Gretna by train, bus or car

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Train, bus  •  3h 38m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Haymarket
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Carlisle
  3. Take the bus from Carlisle, The Courts to Gretna, Central Avenue 79 / ...

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station M8 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow to Carlisle National Express

£12 - £18

2 alternative options

Bus via Dumfries  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station X10 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Dumfries, Whitesands X74

£14 - £25

Drive  •  1h 43m

  1. Drive from Stirling to Gretna 103 miles

£15 - £23

Stirling to Gretna by buses

The bus journey time between Stirling and Gretna is around 7h 44m and covers a distance of around 152 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 6h 33m. Operated by First Scotland East, Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach West Scotland and others, the Stirling to Gretna bus service departs from Stirling, Bus Station and arrives in Gretna, Central Avenue. Typically 64 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
7h 44m
Fastest bus time:
6h 33m
Buses per week:
64
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
30 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
06:00
Last bus departs at:
17:35

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Stirling to Gretna bus schedules

Stirling → Gretna
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The cheapest way to get from Stirling to Gretna is to bus which costs £11 - £18 and takes 4h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Stirling to Gretna is to drive which costs £15 - £23 and takes 1h 43m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stirling station to Gretna. However, there are services departing from Stirling, Bus Station and arriving at Gretna, Central Avenue via Glasgow and Carlisle, The Prince and Bear. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 25m.

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The distance between Stirling and Gretna is 85 miles. The road distance is 103 miles.

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The best way to get from Stirling to Gretna without a car is to train and bus which takes 3h 38m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 38m to get from Stirling to Gretna, including transfers.

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Stirling to Gretna bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Stirling, Bus Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Stirling to Gretna is 103 miles. It takes approximately 1h 43m to drive from Stirling to Gretna.

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There are 114+ hotels available in Gretna. Prices start at £75 per night.

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  • Distance: 85.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 38m

What companies run services between Stirling, Scotland and Gretna, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Stirling to Gretna via Glasgow, Carlisle, and Carlisle, The Prince and Bear in around 4h 25m.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Stirling to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £23
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£8 - £12
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£17 - £23
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Stirling to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£4 - £70
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£4 - £7
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£45 - £70
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£14 - £21
Off-Peak Day Single
£24 - £40
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
Bus operators
Stagecoach North West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Carlisle, The Courts to Gretna, Central Avenue
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Stagecoach North West
Stagecoach Cumberland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Carlisle, The Courts to Gretna, Central Avenue
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Stagecoach Cumberland
Houstons Minicoaches
Phone
+44 1576 203874
Email
info@houstoncoaches.co.uk
Website
houstonscoaches.co.uk
Bus from Carlisle, The Courts to Gretna, Central Avenue
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Houstons MinicoachesHoustons Minicoaches
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Website
Scottish Citylink
First Scotland East
Phone
+44 345 646 0707
Website
firstbus.co.uk
Bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6
Website
First Scotland East
All Day Pass
£6
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Glasgow to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Website
National Express
Stagecoach West Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Dumfries, Whitesands
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland

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