South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership

Delivering outcomes that benefit users of the railway and the wider community


Facilities at Stranraer Station

Stranraer Railway Station, Stranraer Harbour (off Port Rodie), Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 8EJ


Car Park: No

Cycle stands: Yes (6 spaces)

Taxis: Yes

Buses: Yes

Ticket office: Yes  Monday - Friday 09:30 - 15:00 and 16:00 - 19:00

Saturday 09:30 - 15:00 and 16:00 - 19:00

Sunday 09:30 - 19:00

Ticket machines: No

Ticket gates: No

Smartcards issued: No

Smartcards validators: Yes

Information available from staff: Yes 

Passenger Information Systems: Announcements


ATM machine: No

Pay phones: Yes (Cards and coins)

Toilets: Yes (available ticket office opening hours only)

Baby changing facilities: Yes

Trolleys: Yes

Waiting rooms: Yes


Accessible facilities:

Accessible facilities: 

Height adjusted ticket counter: Yes

Induction loop: Yes

Accessible toilets: Yes

National key toilets: No

Staff help available: Yes

Ramp for train access: Yes

Step free access coverage: Yes

Wheelchairs available: No


Onward connections:


There is one bus service that serves the station, service 350 which is an electric bus. This service connects with the town, the P&O terminal at Cairnryan and the Stena terminal at Loch Ryan Port a mile to the north of the P&O terminal. The bus leaves from outside the former Stena terminal building at the east end of the station. After leaving the train turn left for the bus (back the way the train came in).  

Other buses leave from Port Rodie bus stances. These are located about 7 minutes walk from the station.  Leave the station at its eastern end, follow the fencing on the right until you come to the main road opposite the North West Castle Hotel.  Turn right and the bus stops are on your right.

Buses leave here for Portpatrick, other villages on the Rhins, and coach services to Newton Stewart and towns en route to Dumfries.


There are two principal taxi operators

A-2-B Taxis 01776 700070

McLeans 01776 706226


The ferry terminals are approximately 10 minutes (P&O to Larne) and 15 minutes (Stena to Belfast) drive away in Cairnryan some 6/7 miles away on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan. They are served by the 350 bus service except on Sundays, when there is no bus service.


A walk into Stranraer is about 10 minutes.  Leave the station at its eastern end, follow the fencing on the right until you come to the main road opposite the North West Castle Hotel. Turn right until you come to the roundabout. Cross over the road, Harbour Street/Port Rodie and continue up Charlotte Street.

The Tourist/Visitor Information Centre is on Harbour Street.  Continue along this road for 2 -3 minutes and it is on your right.  This way is also an alternative route into town.  Outside the Visitor Information Office cross over the road, turn right and then first left into North Strand Street. The town is at the far end of this road.


The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership provides this information as a guide only and does not take any responsibility for errors or omissions.


Visitor attractions:

Royal Botanic Gardens Logan

Portpatrick Village

The Mull of Galloway

St John's Tower (Stranraer town centre)

Agnew Park & Miniature Railway (Stranraer)


About the Station:

Stranraer station is now the oldest working harbour station in the UK following the closure of Folkstone Harbour Station in 2001. 

The station was built in 1862 to connect to the ferry service to Larne although the current station building dates from 1897. It was subject to a major refurbishment in 1984 and remedial works in 2014.  There are two platforms although only one is used for service trains. 

In 2011, Stena moved its ferry operations to a new port facility just north of Carinryan and ferry passengers are now bused direct to and from Ayr. 

The Partnership has been pressing for the original harbour station to be rennovated as part the proposed waterfront development project. The idea is to reflect the heritage of the station as well as creating a unique gateway to the town for both regular service trains and heritage trains. 

Other stations on this route:

Click the station names for details of facilities at these stations and train services information.





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