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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides by plane, train, bus, ferry or night train

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Recommended option

Fly from Edinburgh  •  3h 47m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Stornoway (SYY) EDI - SYY

£97 - £296

Cheapest option

Train, bus, ferry  •  9h 25m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Ullapool, Ferry Terminal 961
  3. Take the ferry from Ullapool Ferry Terminal to Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal

£43 - £217

3 alternative options

Train to Glasgow, fly  •  5h

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

£100 - £258

Bus, ferry  •  9h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Ullapool, Ferry Terminal 961
  3. Take the ferry from Ullapool Ferry Terminal to Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal

£47 - £62

Night train, bus, ferry  •  10h 4m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Ullapool, Ferry Terminal 961
  3. Take the ferry from Ullapool Ferry Terminal to Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal

£61 - £72

Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides by train, bus and ferry

The journey time between Edinburgh and Outer Hebrides is around 13h 38m and covers a distance of around 282 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 9h 23m. Operated by First ScotRail Service, LNER, Scottish Citylink and others, the Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal. Typically 13 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
13h 38m
Fastest journey time:
9h 23m
Journey distance:
282 miles
Services per week:
13
Cheapest price:
£43
Carbon emissions:
27 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
09:29
Last service departs at:
19:41

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides train, bus and ferry schedules

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

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides is to bus and ferry which costs £45 - £65 and takes 9h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides is to fly which costs £95 - £300 and takes 3h 47m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Outer Hebrides is 191 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 9h 25m and costs £40 - £220.

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It takes approximately 3h 47m to get from Edinburgh to Outer Hebrides, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Stornoway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Stornoway Airport.

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There are one+ hotels available in Outer Hebrides. 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 Outer Hebrides.
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  • Distance: 191 miles
  • Duration: 3h 47m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Outer Hebrides, Scotland?

Loganair flies from Edinburgh to Isle of Lewis once daily.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Stornoway
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £370
Flights from Glasgow to Stornoway
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £290
Flights from Glasgow to Stornoway via Benbecula
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£100 - £290
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 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
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
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Ullapool, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£11 - £17
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Ferry operators

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