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

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Train  •  8h 29m

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

£53 - £285

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Bus  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Bank of Scotland X99

£43 - £60

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Night train, bus  •  8h 49m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Bank of Scotland X99

£59 - £71

Drive  •  5h 6m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Thurso 264 miles

£40 - £65

Fly Edinburgh to Kirkwall, ferry  •  7h 6m

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

£142 - £274

Fly Edinburgh to Inverness, train  •  10h 28m

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

£71 - £287

Train to Glasgow, fly to Kirkwall, ferry  •  8h 34m

  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

£209 - £317

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso is to bus which costs £40 - £60 and takes 8h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso is to drive which costs £40 - £65 and takes 5h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh station to Thurso. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arriving at Thurso, Bank of Scotland via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 30m.

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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 8h 29m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Thurso is 184 miles. The road distance is 264 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Thurso without a car is to train which takes 8h 29m and costs £50 - £290.

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It takes approximately 8h 29m to get from Edinburgh to Thurso, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Thurso bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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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 train which takes 8h 29m and costs £50 - £290. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £40 - £60 and takes 8h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Thurso.
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  • Distance: 184.1 miles
  • Duration: 8h 29m

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

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Thurso via Inverness in around 8h 29m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Thurso via Inverness, Bus Station in around 8h 30m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£210 - £280
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£140 - £270
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£140 - £410
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £380
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£210 - £280
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Stornoway
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£140 - £270
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£60 - £290
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£90 - £310
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Luton
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from Edinburgh to Inverness via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£40 - £190
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
3h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Train from Inverness to Thurso
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £95
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £95
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £16
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£24 - £35
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£22 - £190
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£85 - £120
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£130 - £190
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
3h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£24 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Bank of Scotland
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£18 - £26
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
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
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£13 - £17
Peak
£16 - £19

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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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 5h 6m to drive from Edinburgh to Thurso.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Thurso. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 29 min and costs £1 - £6.

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