There are 9 ways to get from Edinburgh to Thurso by bus, train, night train, car, plane or ferry

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Bus  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Thurso, Bank of Scotland (Commercial Hotel) X99

$71 - $83

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Night train, bus  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Thurso, Bank of Scotland (Commercial Hotel) X99

$69 - $82

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Train  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso

$72 - $116

Drive  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Thurso 264.1 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Edinburgh to Wick  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Wick (WIC) EDI - WIC

$98 - $364

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, ferry  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  2. Take the ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal

$139 - $329

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Wick  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Wick (WIC) ABZ - WIC

$158 - $597

Fly Edinburgh to Inverness, train  •  9 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Inverness (INV) EDI - INV
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso

$135 - $376

Train to Glasgow, fly to Kirkwall, ferry  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI
  3. Take the ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal

$158 - $361

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to Thurso. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) and arriving at Thurso, Bank of Scotland (Commercial Hotel) via Inverness, Marks and Spencer. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Thurso. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Thurso via Inverness. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 18 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Thurso is 184 miles. The road distance is 264.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 13 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 13 min to get from Edinburgh to Thurso, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Thurso bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12).

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Edinburgh to Thurso train services, operated by ScotRail, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso is to bus which takes 8 h 13 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 18 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 18 min.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Wick Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Edinburgh to Thurso bus services, operated by Stagecoach Highlands, arrive at Thurso, Bank of Scotland (Commercial Hotel) station.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Thurso.
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  • Distance: 184.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 13 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Thurso, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Thurso via Inverness, Bus Station and Inverness, Marks and Spencer in around 8 h 13 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Thurso via Inverness in around 8 h 18 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Wick
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Luton
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
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 Inverness to Thurso
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
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 15 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
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 - $90
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$194
Sleeper Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$25 - $40
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 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Thurso, Bank of Scotland (Commercial Hotel)
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$38
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster 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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Edinburgh to Thurso train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Thurso station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Thurso is 264 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to drive from Edinburgh to Thurso.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Wick Airport.

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There are 68+ hotels available in Thurso. Prices start at $71 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 .

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