There are 8 ways to get from Edinburgh to Caithness by bus, train, car, plane, taxi or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, train  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station M90
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Scotscalder

$83 - $113

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Dunbeath, War Memorial X99

$78 - $93

6 alternative options

Train  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Scotscalder

$82 - $128

Drive  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Caithness 258.1 miles

$55 - $80

Fly Edinburgh to Wick, taxi  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Wick (WIC) EDI - WIC
  2. Take a taxi from Watten, Mybster Rd End to Caithness

$118 - $390

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Wick  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Wick (WIC) ABZ - WIC

$178 - $621

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, ferry  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  2. Take the ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal

$172 - $377

Fly Edinburgh to Inverness, train  •  9 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Inverness (INV) EDI - INV
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Scotscalder

$145 - $390

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Caithness is to drive which costs £40 - £65 and takes 5 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Caithness is to fly and taxi which costs £90 - £310 and takes 3 h 45 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Caithness is 172 miles. The road distance is 258.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 8 h 12 min to get from Edinburgh to Caithness, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Caithness without a car is to bus and train which takes 8 h 12 min and costs £65 - £90.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Caithness.
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  • Distance: 171.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 12 min

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

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Caithness via Inverness and Scotscalder in around 8 h 14 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Caithness via Inverness, Bus Station, Dunbeath, War Memorial, and Spittal, Garage in around 8 h 18 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Wick
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Luton
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Scotscalder
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $45
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $85
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Dunbeath, War Memorial
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$17 - $21
Peak
$21 - $25
Other operators
Taxi from Watten, Mybster Rd End to Caithness
Ave. Duration
22 min
Estimated price
$23 - $28

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