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

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Train, bus  •  7 h 24 min

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

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Train  •  10 h 18 min

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

$76 - $120

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Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park Jg2

Night train, bus  •  10 h 56 min

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Thurso, Bank of Scotland X99 / ...

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

$89 - $356

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, bus  •  5 h 55 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

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Wick  •  6 h 28 min

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

$146 - $585

Train to Glasgow, fly to Kirkwall, bus  •  7 h 10 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

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to drive which costs £45 - £65 and takes 5 h 23 min.

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

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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 and arriving at John o' Groats, Car Park via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 40 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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The best way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 24 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 24 min to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to John o' Groats bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to bus which takes 7 h 40 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs £55 - £95 and takes 10 h 18 min, you could also fly, which costs £65 - £280 and takes 4 h 13 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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Edinburgh to John o' Groats bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, arrive at John o' Groats, Car Park station.

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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 24 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 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 18 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, 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 12 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 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
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
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$30 - $50
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
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
$193
Sleeper Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$25 - $40
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
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Thurso, Bank of Scotland
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
stagecoachbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to John o' Groats is 274 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to drive from Edinburgh to John o' Groats.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Wick Airport.

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There are 56+ hotels available in John o' Groats. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £3 - £5.

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