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There are 7 ways to get from London to Kirkwall by plane, train, bus, ferry or night train

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Fly from London Heathrow  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Kirkwall (KOI) LHR - KOI

$147 - $477

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Bus, ferry  •  21 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Aberdeen, Scotland National Express
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$68 - $96

5 alternative options

Fly from London City  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Kirkwall (KOI) LCY - KOI

$144 - $485

Fly from London Gatwick  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Kirkwall (KOI) LGW - KOI

$166 - $585

Train, bus  •  13 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Bus  •  19 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Station to Edinburgh S9
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Night train, bus  •  17 h 8 min

  1. Take the night train from London Euston to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

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The cheapest way to get from London to Kirkwall is to bus and ferry which costs £50 - £75 and takes 21 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from London to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £120 - £450 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from London station to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from London Victoria Station and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Edinburgh, Bus Station and Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 46 min.

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The distance between London and Kirkwall is 531 miles.

The best way to get from London to Kirkwall without a car is to train and bus which takes 13 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to get from London to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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London to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at London Victoria Station.

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The best way to get from London to Kirkwall is to fly which takes 5 h 37 min and costs £110 - £370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 19 h 46 min.

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There is no direct flight from London Heathrow Airport to Kirkwall Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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London to Kirkwall bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, arrive at Kirkwall, Travel Centre station.

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Map of how to get from London to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 531.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

What companies run services between London, England and Kirkwall, Scotland?

British Airways, Loganair and four other airlines fly from London to Kirkwall hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London to Kirkwall via Edinburgh, Bus Station and Inverness, Bus Station in around 19 h 46 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Inverness
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Dublin, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Dublin, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Edinburgh, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Dublin, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Train operators
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from London Euston to Inverness
Ave. Duration
11 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$203
Sleeper Seat
$70 - $100
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
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Scottish Citylink
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Aberdeen, Scotland
Ave. Duration
12 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$25 - $30
Peak
$35 - $45

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Flybe, Aer Lingus, British Airways and Loganair offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 77+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 14 min and costs £20 - £29.

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