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

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  3 h 28 min

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

$104 - $286

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Train, ferry  •  9 h 58 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

$51 - $140

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  4 h 43 min

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

$124 - $318

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5 h 43 min

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

$96 - $315

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

Bus  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Night train, bus  •  10 h 10 min

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

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney is to train and ferry which costs £35 - £110 and takes 9 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney is to fly which costs £80 - £220 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to Orkney. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 30 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Orkney is 211 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney without a car is to train and bus which takes 9 h 14 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Edinburgh to Orkney, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Orkney bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Orkney is to fly which takes 3 h 28 min and costs £80 - £220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 30 min.

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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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Edinburgh to Orkney bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, arrive at Kirkwall, Travel Centre station.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Orkney.
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  • Distance: 210.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 28 min

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

Loganair flies from Edinburgh to Orkney twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Orkney via Inverness, Bus Station in around 9 h 30 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
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $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
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 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
$21 - $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
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $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
$55 - $85
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$25 - $40
Night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$193
Sleeper Seat
$30 - $45
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
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Scottish Citylink
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
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$25 - $30
Peak
$35 - $45

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 75+ hotels available in Orkney. Prices start at $71 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 £3 - £5.

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