There are 9 ways to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats by train, bus, car or plane

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

Train, bus  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park Jg2

$66 - $94

Cheapest option

Train, bus via Wick, Bus Terminal  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal X99

$47 - $83

7 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 28 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 Wick, Bus Terminal X99

$48 - $67

Train  •  10 h 19 min

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

$79 - $124

Drive  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to John o' Groats 273.6 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Edinburgh to Wick  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Wick (WIC) EDI - WIC

$92 - $361

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, bus  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  2. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to John o' Groats, Car Park

$126 - $310

Train to Glasgow, fly to Kirkwall, bus  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI
  3. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to John o' Groats, Car Park

$145 - $341

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Wick  •  6 h 23 min

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

$150 - $592

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to bus which costs £35 - £55 and takes 8 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to fly which costs £70 - £290 and takes 4 h 13 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and John o' Groats is 187 miles. The road distance is 273.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 29 min to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to John o' Groats. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) and arriving at John o' Groats, Post Office via Inverness, Bus Station and Wick, Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 28 min.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Wick Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats.
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  • Distance: 186.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 29 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and John o' Groats, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to John o' Groats via Inverness, Bus Station and Wick, Bus Terminal in around 8 h 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to John o' Groats via Inverness, Wick, and Wick, Bus Terminal in around 10 h 19 min.

Airlines
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 Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Wick
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
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 Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $18
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
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
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

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