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

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Fly from Glasgow  •  3h 15m

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

$108 - $298

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Bus to Edinburgh, fly  •  3h 50m

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

$111 - $294

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5h 50m

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

$118 - $279

Train, bus  •  8h 58m

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

Bus  •  9h 8m

  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

Train, bus via Perth  •  9h 56m

  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

Bus, night train  •  11h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Stirling, Bus Station X36 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Stirling to Inverness
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to bus and fly which costs £85 - £230 and takes 3h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £80 - £230 and takes 3h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow station 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 9h 8m.

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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 bus which takes 8h 58m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 15m to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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Glasgow to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Buchanan Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall is to fly which takes 3h 15m and costs £80 - £230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9h 8m.

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The quickest flight from Glasgow Airport to Kirkwall Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Glasgow to Kirkwall bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, arrive at Kirkwall, Travel Centre station.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 222 miles
  • Duration: 3h 15m

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

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

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $800
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $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 Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
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
3h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $24
Train from Perth to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $40
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Stirling to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$27 - $40
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
57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Stirling, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $12
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
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Glasgow to Stirling, Scotland
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
National Express

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Loganair offers flights from Glasgow Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 76+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Glasgow Airport is to line 500 bus which takes 18m and costs £7.

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