There are 3 ways to get from Thurso to Kirkwall by ferry, bus or plane

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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. Alternatively, Eastern Airways, Flybe and Loganair fly from Thurso to Kirkwall twice daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Wick to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Avg. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Wick to Kirkwall via Aberdeen, Lerwick
Avg. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Bus operators
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church (Bus Shelter) to John o' Groats, Car Park
Avg. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
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
Avg. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22
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
Avg. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$19 - $23
Peak
$23 - $27

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Thurso to Kirkwall?

The distance between Thurso and Kirkwall is 54 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall?

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall is to bus which costs £20 and takes 3 h 40 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall?

The quickest way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall is to ferry which takes 3 h 26 min and costs £22.

Is there a direct bus between Thurso and Kirkwall?

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.

How long does it take to get from Thurso to Kirkwall?

It takes approximately 3 h 26 min to get from Thurso to Kirkwall, including transfers.