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

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Bus, ferry  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Scrabster, Pentland View Nursing Home to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal 78A / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$23 - $34

1 alternative option

Bus  •  3 h 40 min

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

$26 - $28

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall is to bus which costs £19 - £22 and takes 3 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall is to bus and ferry which takes 3 h 20 min and costs £17 - £26.

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The distance between Thurso and Kirkwall is 54 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to get from Thurso to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Thurso to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church (Bus Shelter) and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via John o' Groats, Car Park. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 40 min.

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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 3 h 40 min.

Bus operators
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Scrabster, Pentland View Nursing Home to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church (Bus Shelter) to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
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
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21
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 Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$22 - $26

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