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There are 8 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall by plane, train, car, car ferry, bus or ferry

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  3h 25m

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

£102 - £366

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  11h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Union Square Bus Station M92
  2. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall

£30 - £57

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  4h 49m

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

£155 - £348

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5h 34m

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

£89 - £455

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 18m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall

£40 - £68

Train, car ferry  •  10h 41m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall

£37 - £221

Bus, ferry  •  12h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

£62 - £86

Train, ferry  •  12h 7m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

£73 - £314

Edinburgh to Kirkwall by train, walk, car ferry and bus

The journey time between Edinburgh and Kirkwall is around 32h 18m and covers a distance of around 297 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 32h 5m. Operated by First ScotRail Service, LNER, CrossCountry and others, the Edinburgh to Kirkwall service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Kirkwall, Travel Centre. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
32h 18m
Fastest journey time:
32h 5m
Journey distance:
297 miles
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
52 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
12:41
Last service departs at:
13:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Kirkwall train, walk, car ferry and bus schedules

Edinburgh → Kirkwall
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kirkwall is 111.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Kirkwall is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Kirkwall is 1 metre.

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Last updated: 3 Aug 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to bus and car ferry, which costs £30 - £60 and takes 11h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £100 - £370 and takes 3h 25m.

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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 car ferry which takes 10h 41m and costs £35 - £230.

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It takes approximately 3h 25m 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 1h 15m.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 21+ hotels available in Kirkwall. 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 32 min and costs £1 - £6.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 210.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 25m

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
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £550
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£140 - £550
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£200 - £340
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£75 - £280
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£27 - £85
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£27 - £40
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £85
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Train from Inverness to Thurso
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £95
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £95
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£16 - £24
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£100 - £150
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£22 - £190
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£85 - £120
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£130 - £190
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£10 - £17
Website
Megabus UK
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
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach Highlands
Phone
01856878014
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£20 - £28
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£20 - £40
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£20 - £25
Peak
£31 - £36
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£13 - £17
Peak
£16 - £19

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