There are 7 ways to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall by plane, bus or train

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

Fly from Glasgow  •  2 h 59 min

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

$111 - $303

Cheapest option

Train, bus via Perth  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
  2. Take the train from Perth to Inverness
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$89 - $124

5 alternative options

Bus to Edinburgh, fly  •  3 h 42 min

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

$113 - $299

Train, bus  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$107 - $119

Bus  •  9 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G10
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$90 - $103

Bus via Halbeath, Park & Ride  •  10 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Halbeath, Park & Ride X27 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Inverness, Bus Station M90
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$92 - $109

Train  •  12 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Wick

$121 - $156

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

Loganair flies from Glasgow to Kirkwall once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Glasgow to Kirkwall via Inverness, Bus Station in around 9 h 8 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 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 Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $24
Train from Perth to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
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
Virgin Trains East Coast
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, Stance C (Airport)
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 20 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 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach UK

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Glasgow and Kirkwall is 355 km.

The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to bus which costs £65 - £80 and takes 9 h 8 min.

The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to fly which takes 2 h 59 min and costs £80 - £230.

No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from Buchanan Bus Station and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 8 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 59 min to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall, including transfers.