There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall by plane, train, ferry or bus

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI

$109 - $290

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry via Aberdeen Ferry Terminal  •  11 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Union Square Bus Station M92 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$51 - $84

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI

$128 - $322

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Kirkwall (KOI) ABZ - KOI

$104 - $324

Train, ferry NorthLink Ferries  •  11 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$54 - $144

Bus, ferry  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$97 - $117

Train, ferry  •  12 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Wick
  3. Take the ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal Jg1

Questions & Answers

The distance between Edinburgh and Kirkwall is 211 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall without a car is to train and ferry which takes 11 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 17 min to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 76+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $72 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 .

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 210.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 17 min

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

Loganair flies from Edinburgh to Kirkwall 3 times a day.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
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
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $750
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 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 19 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
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 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$26 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
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
$60 - $90
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$194
Sleeper Seat
$26 - $40
Bus operators
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 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$25 - $31
Peak
$35 - $45
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$22 - $26
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk

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