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Bus to Edinburgh, fly  •  5h 12m

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

£119 - £443

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Bus, car ferry via Edinburgh  •  20h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station 900 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Union Square Bus Station M92
  3. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick

£46 - £86

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Lerwick (LSI) GLA - LSI

£174 - £557

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  7h 4m

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

£115 - £361

Train, car ferry  •  18h 10m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen
  2. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick

£59 - £152

Drive, car ferry  •  16h 58m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Aberdeen
  2. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick

£48 - £87

Bus, car ferry  •  18h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Union Square Bus Station M9
  2. Take the car ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick

£53 - £92

Glasgow to Lerwick by train, walk and car ferry

The journey time between Glasgow and Lerwick is around 17h 57m and covers a distance of around 437 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 16h 51m. Operated by First ScotRail Service and NorthLink Ferries, the Glasgow to Lerwick service departs from Glasgow Queen Street and arrives in Lerwick. Typically eight services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
17h 57m
Fastest journey time:
16h 51m
Journey distance:
437 miles
Services per week:
8
Cheapest price:
£59
Carbon emissions:
83 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
12:39
Last service departs at:
14:39

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Lerwick train, walk and car ferry schedules

Glasgow → Lerwick
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lerwick is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Lerwick is to drive and car ferry which costs £45 - £90 and takes 16h 58m.

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The fastest way to get from Glasgow to Lerwick is to train and fly which takes 5h 7m and costs £170 - £600.

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The distance between Glasgow and Lerwick is 319 miles.

The best way to get from Glasgow to Lerwick without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 18h 10m and costs £55 - £160.

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It takes approximately 5h 12m to get from Glasgow to Lerwick, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Lerwick Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 16+ hotels available in Lerwick. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Lerwick.
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  • Distance: 319.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 12m

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

There is no direct connection from Glasgow to Lerwick. However, you can take the bus to Edinburgh Airport, Airport, take the walk to Edinburgh airport, fly to Lerwick, take the walk to Sumburgh Airport, Terminal, then take the bus to Lerwick. Alternatively, you can take the train to Paisley Gilmour Street, take the walk to Paisley, Stop 3 Central Road, take the line 757 bus to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building, take the walk to Glasgow airport, fly to Lerwick, take the walk to Sumburgh Airport, Terminal, then take the bus to Lerwick.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £650
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£170 - £650
Flights from Glasgow to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £550
Flights from Glasgow to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£170 - £550
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£95 - £360
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£95 - £360
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £5
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£2 - £4
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£3 - £5
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £100
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £100
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
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £13
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£27 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Scottish Citylink
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£10 - £17
Website
Megabus UK
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
14h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£26 - £55
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£26 - £35
Peak
£40 - £55

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