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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

$68 - $98

Cheapest option

Night train, bus  •  9 h 23 min

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

$49 - $71

7 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park Jg2

$69 - $82

Train  •  10 h 19 min

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

$80 - $133

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

$93 - $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

$128 - $311

Train to Glasgow, fly to Kirkwall, bus  •  6 h 18 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

$147 - $342

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

$151 - $596

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 in around 7 h 40 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, Tuesday, 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 Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Virgin Trains East Coast
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$60 - $90
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$26 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $75
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$197
Sleeper Seat
$30 - $45
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$36
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21
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 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Edinburgh and John o' Groats is 299 km. The road distance is 438 km.

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to night train and bus which costs £35 - £55 and takes 9 h 23 min.

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to fly which takes 4 h 13 min and costs £65 - £280.

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to John o' Groats. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) and arriving at John o' Groats, Car Park via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 40 min.

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