There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Stromness by bus, ferry, train 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

Bus  •  10 h 6 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

$96 - $112

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  10 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station M90
  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

$72 - $100

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  12 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$96 - $153

Fly from Edinburgh, bus  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  2. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal)

$110 - $297

Train to Glasgow, fly  •  4 h 40 min

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

$131 - $330

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Stromness via Inverness, Bus Station and Kirkwall, Travel Centre in around 10 h 6 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 12 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
$50 - $70
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $70
Train from Inverness to Thurso
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $20
Bus operators
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 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
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
$58
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal)
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
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 2 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$19 - $24
Peak
$23 - $27

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Edinburgh to Stromness?

The distance between Edinburgh and Stromness is 335 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Stromness?

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Stromness is to bus and ferry which costs £50 - £75 and takes 10 h 36 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Edinburgh to Stromness?

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Stromness is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 8 min and costs £75 - £210.

Is there a direct bus between Edinburgh and Stromness?

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Stromness. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) and arriving at Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) via Inverness, Bus Station and Kirkwall, Travel Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 6 min.

How long does it take to get from Edinburgh to Stromness?

It takes approximately 10 h 6 min to get from Edinburgh to Stromness, including transfers.