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

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Bus, car ferry  •  16h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2
  2. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick

$23 - $40

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Train, ferry  •  17h 49m

  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

Fly from Inverness  •  10h 37m

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

$100 - $266

Train to Aberdeen, fly, bus  •  8h 7m

  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

Train to Edinburgh, fly  •  9h 7m

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

$160 - $383

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands is to bus and car ferry which costs £17 - £29 and takes 16h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands is to train and fly which costs £120 - £300 and takes 9h 7m.

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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 car ferry which takes 16h 22m and costs £17 - £29.

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It takes approximately 16h 22m 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 5h 40m and has one stopover.

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Loganair offers flights from Inverness Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 41+ hotels available in Shetland Islands. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Inverness Airport is to bus which takes 23m and costs £3 - £5.

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Shetland Islands.
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  • Distance: 223.8 miles
  • Duration: 16h 22m

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

Loganair flies from Inverness to Shetland Islands 3 times a day.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Manchester
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $550
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
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
2h 8m
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
1h 56m
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
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Bus operators
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
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
35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
leaskstravel.co.uk
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Phone
01957 744214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
rgjamieson.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$23 - $28
Peak
$32 - $37
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$30 - $40
Peak
$50 - $60

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