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

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Train, bus  •  7h 35m

  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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Bus via Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church  •  10h 51m

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Sir George's Street Church X98 / ...

£48 - £67

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Bus  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park Jg2

Train  •  10h 31m

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

£53 - £224

Drive  •  5h 20m

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

£45 - £70

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, bus  •  6h 8m

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

Fly Edinburgh to Wick, line 77 bus  •  5h 6m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Wick (WIC) EDI - WIC
  2. Take the line 77 bus from Wick, Tesco to John o' Groats, Post Office

£72 - £285

Train to Glasgow, fly to Kirkwall, bus  •  6h 47m

  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

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Wick  •  7h 15m

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

£109 - £474

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to drive which costs £45 - £70 and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to fly and line 77 bus which costs £70 - £290 and takes 5h 6m.

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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 7h 40m.

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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 7h 35m and costs .

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It takes approximately 7h 35m 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, depart from Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to John o' Groats is to bus which takes 7h 40m and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs £50 - £230 and takes 10h 31m.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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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: 7h 35m

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 7h 40m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to John o' Groats via Inverness, Wick, and Wick, Bus Terminal in around 10h 31m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £500
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£80 - £600
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £480
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £500
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Wick
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£260 - £700
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
3h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£27 - £85
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£27 - £40
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £85
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
£15 - £22
1st Class
£30 - £50
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£12 - £17
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
£12 - £17
1st Class
£27 - £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
2h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
John O'Groats Ferries
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
John O'Groats Ferries
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£24 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£25 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Sir George's Street Church
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£18 - £26
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
Bus from Wick, Tesco to John o' Groats, Post Office
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£3 - £5
Website
Stagecoach Highlands

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to John o' Groats is 274 miles. It takes approximately 5h 20m to drive from Edinburgh to John o' Groats.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 82+ hotels available in John o' Groats. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 31 min and costs £1 - £6.

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