Dumfries travel guide

Dumfries Tourism | Dumfries Guide

You're Going to Love Dumfries

With a population of 33 280, Dumfries is a must-see destination in Scotland, United Kingdom. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Dumfries to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Dumfries

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Willows Restaurant (Mill Road) and Hugo's Eatery and Bar (23 Bank Street) are great picks.

When to visit Dumfries

Dumfries in November
Estimated hotel price
£71
1 night at 3-star hotel
Dumfries in November
Estimated hotel price
£71
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Dumfries

Plane

Although Dumfries doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport (EDI), which is located 99 km from Dumfries. Newcastle Airport (UK) is the most popular, with regular flights from American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Dumfries departs from London and takes around 1h 25m.

Train

Avanti West Coast is the most popular train carrier serving Dumfries, followed by AccesRail. The train station in Dumfries is called Dumfries, and is located 0.2 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dumfries is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 198 km from Dumfries. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Manchester.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dumfries, including National Express, FlixBus and BlaBlaBus. From London, the bus ride to Dumfries takes 620 km and will cost you around £79. From Paris, the ticket costs about £125 for a journey of 1513 km.

Plane

Although Dumfries doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport (EDI), which is located 99 km from Dumfries. Newcastle Airport (UK) is the most popular, with regular flights from American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Dumfries departs from London and takes around 1h 25m.

Train

Avanti West Coast is the most popular train carrier serving Dumfries, followed by AccesRail. The train station in Dumfries is called Dumfries, and is located 0.2 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dumfries is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 198 km from Dumfries. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Manchester.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dumfries, including National Express, FlixBus and BlaBlaBus. From London, the bus ride to Dumfries takes 620 km and will cost you around £79. From Paris, the ticket costs about £125 for a journey of 1513 km.

Airlines serving Dumfries

Lufthansa
Good (4,574 reviews)
KLM
Good (850 reviews)
SWISS
Good (919 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,399 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,595 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,544 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,922 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,116 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,654 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (222 reviews)
Finnair
Good (885 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (833 reviews)
LOT
Good (683 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,151 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (914 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (830 reviews)
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Where to stay in Dumfries

Average rates range from around £96 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £86 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Dumfries

Most booked hotels in Dumfries

Hetland Hall Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£96+
White Hart Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£77+
Holiday Inn Dumfries
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£95+
Friars Carse Country House Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£75+
Caledonian Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
£71+
Travelodge Dumfries
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£49+

Hiring a car in Dumfries

Hiring a car in Dumfries costs £48 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Dumfries (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Dumfries is Luxury (Class Luxury Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard car hire (Vauxhall Insignia or similar) is, on average, 52% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Dumfries costs £48 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Dumfries (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Dumfries is Luxury (Class Luxury Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard car hire (Vauxhall Insignia or similar) is, on average, 52% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.