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

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Bus, ferry, car ferry  •  16 h 45 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 car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick

Cheapest option

Train, ferry  •  17 h 32 min

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

$68 - $105

3 alternative options

Fly from Inverness  •  10 h 20 min

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

$117 - $282

Train to Aberdeen, fly, bus  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Dyce
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Lerwick (LSI) ABZ - LSI
  3. Take the bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End

$127 - $239

Train to Edinburgh, fly  •  9 h 15 min

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

$177 - $400

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands is to train and ferry which costs £50 - £85 and takes 17 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands is to train and fly and bus which costs £95 - £190 and takes 7 h 51 min.

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The distance between Inverness and Shetland Islands is 224 miles.

The best way to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands without a car is to bus and ferry and car ferry which takes 16 h 45 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 16 h 45 min to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands, 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 43+ hotels available in Shetland Islands. Prices start at $81 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 £4.

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands.
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  • Distance: 223.8 miles
  • Duration: 16 h 45 min

What companies run services between Inverness, Scotland and Shetland Islands, Scotland?

Loganair, British Airways and four other airlines fly from Inverness to Shetland Islands hourly.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
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 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via London Heathrow, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,500
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via London Heathrow, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 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 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
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 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
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 27 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 27 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
John Leask + Son
Phone
+44 (0) 1595 693 162
Email
info@leaskstravel.co.uk
Website
leaskstravel.co.uk
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
leaskstravel.co.uk
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
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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