There are 5 ways to get from Inverness to Stromness by bus, 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  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$55 - $57

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  2. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$33 - $47

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso
  2. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$61 - $80

Fly from Inverness, bus  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Kirkwall (KOI) INV - KOI
  2. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal)

$98 - $333

Train to Aberdeen, fly  •  5 h 42 min

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

$108 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Inverness to Stromness is to bus and ferry which costs £26 - £40 and takes 6 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Inverness to Stromness is to fly and bus which costs £75 - £270 and takes 3 h 29 min.

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The distance between Inverness and Stromness is 108 miles.

It takes approximately 5 h 33 min to get from Inverness to Stromness, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Inverness station to Stromness. However, there are services departing from Inverness, Bus Station and arriving at Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) via Kirkwall, Travel Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 33 min.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Inverness Airport is to bus which takes 26 min and costs £2 - £4.

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Inverness to Stromness bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, depart from Inverness station.

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Stromness.
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  • Distance: 108.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 33 min

What companies run services between Inverness, Scotland and Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland?

John O'Groats Ferries operates a bus from Inverness to Stromness 3 times a day. Tickets cost $52 and the journey takes 4 h 45 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $600
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $750
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Thurso
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Inverness to Dyce
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $40
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
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$52
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal)
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$17 - $21
Peak
$21 - $25

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