There are 6 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.

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Ferry, bus John O'Groats Ferries  •  11 h 39 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 961 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$76 - $86

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Ferry, bus via Scrabster Ferry Terminal  •  14 h 18 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inshes, Raigmore Hospital 61
  3. Take the bus from Inshes, Raigmore Hospital to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$66 - $88

4 alternative options

Ferry, bus, train  •  12 h 39 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

$71 - $92

Fly Stornoway to Kirkwall  •  4 h 19 min

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

$215 - $956

Fly Stornoway to Inverness, bus  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Inverness (INV) SYY - INV
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre

$127 - $209

Ferry, bus to Inverness, fly to Kirkwall  •  7 h 39 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
  3. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Kirkwall (KOI) INV - KOI

$117 - $358

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands is to ferry and bus which costs £50 - £70 and takes 14 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands is to fly which costs £160 - £750 and takes 4 h 19 min.

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The distance between Isle of Lewis and Orkney Islands is 134 miles.

It takes approximately 11 h 39 min to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands, including transfers.

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Flybe and Loganair offer flights from Stornoway Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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Map of how to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands.
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  • Distance: 134.1 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 39 min

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

Loganair and Flybe fly from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands twice daily.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Stornoway to Inverness
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $390
Flights from Inverness to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $600
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
$24 - $30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $30
Bus operators
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
$13 - $18
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
D + E Coaches
Phone
01463 222 444
Email
info@decoaches.co.uk
Website
decoaches.co.uk
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
decoaches.co.uk
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inshes, Raigmore Hospital
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
decoaches.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
$52
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
$15
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
$17 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$17 - $21
Peak
$21 - $25

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