There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae by train, bus, ferry 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, bus  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2
  3. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre 8S / ...

$89 - $121

Cheapest option

Train, bus, ferry  •  11 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$67 - $112

3 alternative options

Bus  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2
  3. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre 8S / ...

$90 - $105

Fly from Edinburgh, bus  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  2. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre

$111 - $297

Train to Glasgow, fly, bus  •  6 h

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI
  3. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre

$130 - $328

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae is to train and bus and ferry which costs £50 - £90 and takes 11 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae is to fly and bus which costs £85 - £230 and takes 5 h 23 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Skara Brae is 215 miles.

It takes approximately 11 h 20 min to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to Skara Brae. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) and arriving at Skara Brae, Visitor Centre via Inverness, Bus Station and Kirkwall, Travel Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 21 min.

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What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Skara Brae, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Skara Brae via Inverness, Bus Station, Kirkwall, Travel Centre, and Skara Brae, Visitor Centre in around 11 h 21 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 Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 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 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
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
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
$54
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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 Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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