There are 4 ways to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands by ferry, bus, 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

Ferry, bus John O'Groats Ferries  •  12 h 10 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station 61 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$85 - $96

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus via Scrabster Ferry Terminal  •  14 h 3 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station 61 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$67 - $95

2 alternative options

Ferry, bus, train  •  12 h 41 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station (Lairg Railway Station) 804
  3. Take the train from Lairg to Thurso
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$78 - $103

Fly  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Kirkwall (KOI) SYY - KOI

$215 - $957

What companies run services between Isle of Lewis, Scotland and Orkney Islands, Scotland?

Loganair and Flybe fly from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands 3 times a day.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Glasgow, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Lairg to Thurso
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$26 - $35
Bus operators
D + E Coaches
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
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
$58
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
The Durness Bus
Phone
01971 511 223
Email
info@thedurnessbus.com
Website
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station (Lairg Railway Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Stagecoach UK
Ferry operators
Caledonian MacBrayne
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
$19 - $27
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$19 - $24
Peak
$23 - $27

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands?

The distance between Isle of Lewis and Orkney Islands is 215 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands?

The cheapest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands is to ferry and bus which costs £45 - £70 and takes 14 h 3 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands?

The quickest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands is to fly which takes 5 h 19 min and costs £150 - £700.

How long does it take to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands?

It takes approximately 12 h 10 min to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands, including transfers.