There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Orkney 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 18 min

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

$107 - $291

Cheapest option

Train, ferry  •  9 h 56 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 - $146

3 alternative options

Train to Glasgow, fly  •  3 h 50 min

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

$127 - $322

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

$91 - $121

Bus  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station M90
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$92 - $105

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

Loganair flies from Edinburgh to Orkney 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Orkney via Inverness, Bus Station in around 9 h 17 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 Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 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
$15 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $20
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
$30 - $45
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
$23 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Virgin Trains East Coast
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$60 - $95
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$27 - $45
1st Class
$50 - $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
$57
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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
$26 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$26 - $35
Peak
$35 - $45

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Edinburgh to Orkney?

The distance between Edinburgh and Orkney is 338 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney?

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney is to train and ferry which costs £35 - £110 and takes 9 h 56 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney?

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney is to fly which takes 3 h 18 min and costs £75 - £210.

Is there a direct bus between Edinburgh and Orkney?

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Orkney. However, there are services departing from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 17 min.

How long does it take to get from Edinburgh to Orkney?

It takes approximately 3 h 18 min to get from Edinburgh to Orkney, including transfers.