There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Thurso by bus, train, car, plane or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  7 h 55 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 Thurso, Sir George's Street Church X99

$49 - $68

6 alternative options

Bus via Wick, Town Hall (Bridge)  •  8 h 16 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 Wick, Bus Terminal X99

$50 - $71

Train  •  8 h 18 min

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

$71 - $115

Drive  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Thurso 264.1 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Edinburgh to Wick  •  3 h 41 min

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

$94 - $363

Train to Aberdeen, fly to Wick  •  5 h 51 min

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

$152 - $596

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, ferry  •  7 h 50 min

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

$130 - $324

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso is to bus which costs £35 - £55 and takes 7 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso is to fly which costs £70 - £280 and takes 3 h 41 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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It takes approximately 7 h 55 min to get from Edinburgh to Thurso, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Thurso. However, there are services departing from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) and arriving at Thurso, Sir George's Street Church via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 55 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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What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Thurso, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Thurso via Inverness, Bus Station in around 7 h 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Thurso via Inverness in around 8 h 18 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Wick
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, 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 Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Aberdeen to Wick
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $900
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 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
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 33 min
Frequency
6 times a week
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 West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
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
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Sir George's Street Church
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
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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