There are 5 ways to get from Inverness to Lerwick by bus, ferry, car ferry, train or plane

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

Bus, ferry, carferry  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Wick, Bus Terminal X99
  2. Take the ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal Jg1
  3. Take the carferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick

Cheapest option

Train, ferry  •  16 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Aberdeen
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal Nl2

$61 - $98

3 alternative options

Fly from Inverness  •  9 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Lerwick (LSI) INV - LSI

$110 - $275

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Dyce
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Lerwick (LSI) ABZ - LSI

$119 - $232

Train to Edinburgh, fly  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Edinburgh Gateway
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Lerwick (LSI) EDI - LSI

$170 - $393

Questions & Answers

The distance between Inverness and Lerwick is 216 miles.

The best way to get from Inverness to Lerwick without a car is to bus and ferry and carferry which takes 15 h 30 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 15 h 30 min to get from Inverness to Lerwick, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Inverness Airport to Lerwick Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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British Airways and Loganair offer flights from Inverness Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 49+ hotels available in Lerwick. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Inverness Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Lerwick.
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  • Distance: 216.4 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 30 min

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

Loganair, British Airways and two other airlines fly from Inverness to Lerwick every 3 hours.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $550
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via London Heathrow, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,500
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $550
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $40
Train from Inverness to Dyce
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$29 - $40
Train from Inverness to Edinburgh Gateway
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Wick, Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$32
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Ferry operators
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
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$24 - $29
Peak
$34 - $40
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$30 - $40
Peak
$50 - $60

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