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

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

Train, ferry  •  17 h 41 min

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

$62 - $160

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry via Dundee City Centre, Railway Station  •  21 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street (west) (opp Boots) to Dundee City Centre, Railway Station X54
  2. Take the bus from Dundee City Centre, Railway Station to Union Square Bus Station X7
  3. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal Nl2

$54 - $91

4 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  18 h 7 min

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

$59 - $102

Fly from Edinburgh, bus  •  6 h 9 min

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

$131 - $343

Train to Glasgow, fly, bus  •  6 h 41 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

$150 - $324

Train to Aberdeen, fly, bus  •  8 h 24 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

$119 - $294

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands is to bus and ferry which costs £40 - £75 and takes 21 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands is to fly and bus which costs £100 - £270 and takes 6 h 9 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Shetland Islands is 312 miles.

It takes approximately 17 h 41 min to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands, including transfers.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Shetland Islands.
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  • Distance: 312 miles
  • Duration: 17 h 41 min

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 7 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Glasgow to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 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 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $45
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $18
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street (west) (opp Boots) to Dundee City Centre, Railway Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Dundee City Centre, Railway Station to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
leaskstravel.co.uk
R G Jamieson + Son
Phone
01957 744 214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$30 - $40
Peak
$50 - $60

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