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There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall by plane, train, bus or ferry

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  3h 25m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI

$104 - $286

Cheapest option

Train, ferry  •  11h 9m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$51 - $140

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI

$124 - $318

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5h 41m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Kirkwall (KOI) ABZ - KOI

$101 - $320

Bus  •  9h 12m

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Bus via Edinburgh, Bus Station  •  9h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Train, bus  •  9h 17m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to train and ferry which costs £35 - £110 and takes 11h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £80 - £220 and takes 3h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from West End, Queensferry Street and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 12m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Kirkwall is 211 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall without a car is to bus which takes 9h 12m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 25m to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from West End, Queensferry Street station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to fly which takes 3h 25m and costs £80 - £220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9h 12m.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Edinburgh to Kirkwall bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, arrive at Kirkwall, Travel Centre station.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 210.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 25m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Kirkwall, Scotland?

Loganair flies from Edinburgh to Kirkwall twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Inverness, Bus Station in around 9h 12m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $800
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $750
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$55 - $85
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$25 - $30
Peak
$35 - $45

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 77+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32m and costs £3 - £5.

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