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

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Bus  •  9h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Castletown, Drill Hall X99

£51 - £71

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Bus via Glenrothes, Bus Station  •  11h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Glenrothes, Bus Station Arrival Bay X59 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Glenrothes, Bus Station to Millburn, Morrisons 267
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Castletown, Drill Hall X99

£45 - £65

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Train  •  10h 13m

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

£57 - £291

Night train, train  •  10h 52m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso

£75 - £146

Drive  •  5h 28m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Mey 273.7 miles

£40 - £65

Fly from Edinburgh, ferry  •  6h 53m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  2. Take the ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal

£129 - £396

Train to Glasgow, fly, ferry  •  8h 17m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI
  3. Take the ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal

£182 - £378

Train to Aberdeen, fly, ferry  •  9h 1m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Kirkwall (KOI) ABZ - KOI
  3. Take the ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal

£116 - £485

Edinburgh to Mey by bus

The bus journey time between Edinburgh and Mey is around 13h 15m and covers a distance of around 295 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 8h 18m. Operated by Scottish Citylink and Stagecoach Highlands, the Edinburgh to Mey bus service departs from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arrives in Mey, Post Office. Typically 11 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
13h 15m
Fastest bus time:
8h 18m
Bus distance:
295 miles
Buses per week:
11
Cheapest price:
£51
Carbon emissions:
58 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
10:00
Last bus departs at:
11:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Mey bus schedules

Edinburgh → Mey
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Mey is to drive which costs £40 - £65 and takes 5h 28m.

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The fastest way to get from Edinburgh to Mey is to drive. Taking this option will cost £40 - £65 and takes 5h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to Mey. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arriving at Mey, Post Office via Inverness, Bus Station and Castletown, Drill Hall. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 31m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Mey is 187 miles. The road distance is 273.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Mey without a car is to bus which takes 9h 31m and costs £50 - £75.

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It takes approximately 9h 31m to get from Edinburgh to Mey, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Mey bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Mey is to bus which takes 9h 31m and costs £50 - £75. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £55 - £300 and takes 10h 13m.

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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 Mey bus services, operated by Stagecoach Highlands, arrive at Castletown, Drill Hall station.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Mey.
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  • Distance: 186.6 miles
  • Duration: 9h 31m

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

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Mey via Inverness, Bus Station and Castletown, Drill Hall in around 9h 31m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Mey via Inverness, Thurso, and Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church in around 10h 13m.

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 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
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
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
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
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
Bus operators
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 Castletown, Drill Hall
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£19 - £27
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
Stagecoach East Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Glenrothes, Bus Station Arrival Bay
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
Stagecoach East Scotland
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Glenrothes, Bus Station to Millburn, Morrisons
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£17 - £24
Website
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Ferry operators
Pentland Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)800 688 8998
Email
sales@pentlandferries.co.uk
Website
pentlandferries.co.uk
Ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£17
Website
Pentland Ferries

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Mey is 274 miles. It takes approximately 5h 28m to drive from Edinburgh to Mey.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Mey. 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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