There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall by plane, train, bus or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly from Edinburgh  •  3 h 17 min

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

$107 - $290

Cheapest option

Train, ferry  •  11 h 4 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

$53 - $144

3 alternative options

Train to Glasgow, fly  •  3 h 54 min

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

$126 - $321

Train, bus  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$87 - $116

Bus  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$88 - $100

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to train and ferry which costs £40 - £110 and takes 11 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £80 - £220 and takes 3 h 17 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Kirkwall is 211 miles.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 15 min.

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

Loganair flies from Edinburgh to Kirkwall 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Inverness, Bus Station in around 9 h 15 min.

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 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
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
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
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 Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
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
$60 - $90
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$26 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $75
Bus operators
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55
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 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
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

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