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There are 6 ways to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands by train, ferry, bus or plane

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Train, ferry  •  18 h

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal Nl2

$56 - $155

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Bus, ferry via Seagate Bus Station  •  21 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Dundee City Centre, Bus Station X54
  2. Take the bus from Seagate Bus Station to Aberdeen, St Nicholas Kirk X7
  3. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal Nl2

$32 - $63

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Bus, ferry  •  18 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Union Square Bus Station M92 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal Nl2

$53 - $95

Fly from Edinburgh, bus  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Lerwick (LSI) EDI - LSI
  2. Take the bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End

Train to Glasgow, fly, bus  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Lerwick (LSI) GLA - LSI
  3. Take the bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End

Train to Aberdeen, fly, bus  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Lerwick (LSI) ABZ - LSI
  3. Take the bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands is to bus and ferry which costs £24 - £50 and takes 21 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands is to train and ferry which costs £40 - £120 and takes 18 h.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Shetland Islands is 312 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands without a car is to train and ferry which takes 18 h and costs £40 - £120.

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It takes approximately 18 h to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Lerwick Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 43+ hotels available in Shetland Islands. Prices start at $76 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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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands.
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  • Distance: 312 miles
  • Duration: 18 h

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Shetland Islands, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands. However, you can take the train to Aberdeen, take the walk to Aberdeen Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Lerwick, Shetland Hotel, then take the bus to Vidlin Junction, Road End. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands via Union Square Bus Station, Aberdeen Ferry Terminal, Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal, and Lerwick, Shetland Hotel in around 18 h 24 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Glasgow to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
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 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
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
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Stagecoach East Scotland
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Dundee City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Seagate Bus Station to Aberdeen, St Nicholas Kirk
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
stagecoachbus.com
John Leask + Son
Phone
+44 (0) 1595 693 162
Email
info@leaskstravel.co.uk
Website
leaskstravel.co.uk
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
leaskstravel.co.uk
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Phone
01957 744214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
rgjamieson.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$30 - $40
Peak
$50 - $60

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