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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae by bus, ferry, train or plane

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Bus, ferry  •  12 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  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

Cheapest option

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  7 h 37 min

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

$96 - $315

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Train, bus, ferry  •  12 h 11 min

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

Fly from Edinburgh, bus  •  5 h 22 min

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

Train to Glasgow, fly, bus  •  6 h 37 min

  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

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae is to train and fly which costs £70 - £250 and takes 7 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae is to train and fly which costs £70 - £250 and takes 7 h 37 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Skara Brae is 215 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 12 h 9 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 12 h 9 min to get from Edinburgh to Skara Brae, including transfers.

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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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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 64+ hotels available in Skara Brae. Prices start at $78 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 Skara Brae.
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  • Distance: 215.3 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 9 min

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

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Skara Brae. However, you can take the bus to Inverness, Bus Station, take the bus to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Scrabster Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Stromness, Travel Centre, take the bus to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre, then take the walk to Skara Brae. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Skara Brae via Inverness, Inverness, Marks and Spencer, Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, Scrabster Ferry Terminal, Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, Stromness, Travel Centre, and Skara Brae, Visitor Centre in around 12 h 11 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 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $750
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
3 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
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 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$193
Sleeper Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$25 - $40
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
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
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Stagecoach Orkney
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
stagecoachbus.com
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 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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