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

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Bus, train  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Railway Station (Station Hotel) X75
  2. Take the train from Dumfries to Carlisle

$33 - $37

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Train  •  4 h 5 min

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

$69 - $131

Bus, line 79 bus  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Academy Street (Catherine Street) X75
  2. Take the line 79 bus from Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station) 79

$38

Drive  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Stranraer to Carlisle 101.9 miles

$21 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Stranraer to Carlisle is to drive which costs £16 - £25 and takes 1 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Stranraer to Carlisle is to drive which costs £16 - £25 and takes 1 h 58 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stranraer station to Carlisle station. However, there are services departing from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) and arriving at Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station) via Dumfries, Loreburn Street (Rae Street) and Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Stranraer to Carlisle. However, there are services departing from Stranraer and arriving at Carlisle via Ayr and Glasgow Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

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The distance between Stranraer and Carlisle is 83 miles. The road distance is 101.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Stranraer to Carlisle without a car is to bus and train which takes 3 h 47 min and costs £25 - £29.

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It takes approximately 3 h 47 min to get from Stranraer to Carlisle, including transfers.

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Stranraer to Carlisle bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, arrive at Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station).

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Stranraer to Carlisle train services, operated by ScotRail, depart from Stranraer station.

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The best way to get from Stranraer to Carlisle is to train which takes 4 h 5 min and costs £50 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus and line 79 bus, which costs £30 and takes 4 h 52 min.

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Map of how to get from Stranraer to Carlisle.
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  • Distance: 83.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 47 min

What companies run services between Stranraer, Scotland and Carlisle, England?

You can take a train from Stranraer to Carlisle via Ayr and Glasgow Central in around 4 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Stranraer to Carlisle via Dumfries, Academy Street (Catherine Street), Dumfries, Loreburn Street (Rae Street), and Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station) in around 4 h 52 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Dumfries to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$7 - $11
Anytime Day Single
$10 - $14
Train from Stranraer to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $22
Train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$18 - $25
Off-Peak Day Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Railway Station (Station Hotel)
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stranraer, Port Rodie Ferry Terminal (Police Station) to Dumfries, Academy Street (Catherine Street)
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Stagecoach Cumberland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Annan, Stance 2 (Bus Station) to Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Website
stagecoachbus.com

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Stranraer to Carlisle bus services, operated by Stagecoach Cumberland, arrive at Carlisle, Bus Station (Ca) (Carlisle Bus Station).

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Stranraer to Carlisle is 102 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 58 min to drive from Stranraer to Carlisle.

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