There are 8 ways to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall by plane, bus, train or ferry

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Recommended option

Fly from Glasgow  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI

$113 - $303

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry via Aberdeen Ferry Terminal  •  12 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride M9
  2. Take the bus from Broxden, Park and Ride to Union Square Bus Station M9
  3. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$59 - $91

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Bus to Edinburgh, fly  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI

$115 - $299

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5 h 44 min

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

$122 - $282

Train to Inverness, fly  •  6 h 1 min

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

$150 - $392

Train, ferry via Aberdeen Ferry Terminal  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$72 - $102

Bus, ferry  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G10
  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

$99 - $120

Train, ferry  •  12 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Wick
  3. Take the ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal Jg1

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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to bus and ferry which costs £40 - £70 and takes 12 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £85 - £230 and takes 3 h 4 min.

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The distance between Glasgow and Kirkwall is 222 miles.

The best way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall without a car is to train and ferry which takes 11 h 21 min and costs £50 - £80.

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It takes approximately 3 h 4 min to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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

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Loganair offers flights from Glasgow Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 78+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 222 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 4 min

What companies run services between Glasgow, Scotland and Kirkwall, Scotland?

Loganair flies from Glasgow to Kirkwall once daily.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $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 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $750
Flights from Inverness to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $600
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Broxden, Park and Ride to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$25 - $31
Peak
$35 - $45
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$22 - $26
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk

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