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There are 2 ways to get from Thurso to Kirkwall by bus or ferry

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Bus  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church to John o' Groats, Car Park 80 / ...
  2. Take the bus from John o' Groats, Car Park to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

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Ferry, bus  •  3h 49m

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre X1

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Thurso to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via John o' Groats, Car Park. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 45m.

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The distance between Thurso and Kirkwall is 34 miles.

The best way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall without a car is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 45m to get from Thurso to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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Thurso to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Stagecoach Highlands, depart from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church station.

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

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There are 76+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 33.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

You can take a bus from Thurso to Kirkwall via John o' Groats, Car Park in around 3h 45m.

Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from John o' Groats, Car Park to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach Orkney
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Stagecoach Orkney
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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