New, cheaper Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) fares on Mull ferry sailings have been in place since October 2015. The return fare for the Oban to Craignure sailing reduced by over 50% at that time. A standard car with two passengers currently costs £39.80
More information about travelling to Mull by ferry from Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean & Clyde ferries (CalMac). See the current service status for all CalMac ferries. The telephone number for CalMac enquiries and reservations is 0800 066 5000 and their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org - more CalMac contact information here.
Ferry to Craignure on Mull from Oban (mainland Argyll)
The most popular ferry to Mull from Glasgow and the south is the crossing from Oban to Craignure. These sailings can fill up several weeks in advance in the summer season, so book in advance. This is the longest crossing (45 minutes) and the largest ferry. If you are travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow the quickest way is via Tyndrum, however from Glasgow (and Loch Lomond) a more scenic route goes through Inverary. A good time to allow for travel to Oban from central Edinburgh or Glasgow is three and a half hours. Remember also that you must be at the Oban ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before departure.
See the CalMac Summer 2018 timetable for ferry sailings between Oban and Craignure (from 30th March to 21st October 2018 inclusive).
Ferry to Fishnish on Mull from Lochaline (mainland Morvern)
To reach Lochaline, travel across the scenic Morvern peninsula from the Corran Ferry, turning left before reaching Strontian, on to a hilly single track road. The Lochaline crossing is the quickest ferry to Mull (15 minutes), but is a longer drive from Tyndrum than the Oban route. However, taking mileage and all ferry tickets into account, for an average car it is comparable in overall travel cost.
See the CalMac Summer 2018 timetable for ferry sailings between Lochaline and Fishnish (from 30th March to 21st October 2018 inclusive).
Ferry to Tobermory on Mull from Kilchoan (mainland Ardnamurchan)
This Tobermory ferry from Ardnamurchan is the longest route from the south, but overall probably the most scenic way to get to Mull. This is a non-bookable service (crossing time 35 minutes), also via the Corran Ferry, and with more beautiful scenery going through Strontian and then the Ardnamurchan Peninsula & Loch Sunart. This route is a similar driving distance to the Lochaline-Fishnish ferry route (from Strontian) but the ferry arrives right into the heart of Tobermory and only a couple of minutes' walk from Back Brae Lodge.
See more Tobermory ferry information.
See the CalMac Summer 2018 timetable for ferry sailings between Kilchoan and Tobermory (from 30th March to 21st October 2018 inclusive).
Corran Ferry from Nether Lochaber to Ardgour (mainland Morvern)
To reach the Lochaline or Kilchoan vehicle ferries, you can travel on the small Corran Ferry between Nether Lochaber (just south of Fort William) and Ardgour (Morvern). The ferry isn't bookable but runs every half an hour or so, and is run by Highland Council (not CalMac). From the south, you have the opportunity to travel across scenic Rannoch Moor, and through dramatic Glencoe before arriving at Corran ferry. From Inverness and the north, you would travel through The Great Glen.
Plan your train journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban with ScotRail.
Citylink coaches run to Oban from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station. For the public bus (coach) service on Mull and around Oban, see West Coast Motors timetables. Note that the Summer & Winter bus timetables correspond to the same seasonal CalMac ferry timetable dates - this has not always been evident on the bus timetables or website.
For private taxi cabs on Mull see the services listed here. Book in advance when possible.
Within Mull and around Ardnamurchan and Morvern, please remember that car journey times on single track roads can be significantly longer than you may be used to! As an example, the trip from Tobermory to Fionnphort (60 miles) for the Iona ferry can take one and a half hours.
Taking your car to Mull? Visit Holiday Mull's Guide to driving on the island's single track roads.
Keep an eye on the weather as Mull ferry crossings can often be cancelled in severe conditions, depending on the wind direction and sea swell.
See a live webcam image from Glenforsa (near Salen) showing the current weather conditions on the Sound Of Mull. Glenforsa Airfield near Salen is an unlicenced grass airfield suitable for light aircraft, operated by Argyll & Bute Council.