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

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

Fly from London City  •  5 h 41 min

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

$146 - $489

Cheapest option

Bus  •  19 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Inverness, Scotland National Express
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

$104 - $113

5 alternative options

Fly from London Heathrow  •  5 h 9 min

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

$151 - $483

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

$147 - $189

Train, ferry  •  15 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$110 - $169

Train, ferry via Edinburgh  •  16 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
  2. Take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  3. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal Nl2

$119 - $252

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

$132 - $162

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

British Airways, Loganair and two other airlines fly from London to Kirkwall every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London to Kirkwall via Inverness, Scotland and Inverness, Bus Station in around 19 h 10 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Glasgow, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Edinburgh, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Dublin, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Dublin, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Glasgow, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Train operators
Virgin Trains East Coast
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Inverness
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$90 - $140
1st Class
$170 - $250
Train from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$80 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $230
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$60 - $95
1st Class
$120 - $180
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
virgintrainseastcoast.com
2nd Class
$27 - $45
1st Class
$50 - $75
ScotRail
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from London Euston to Inverness
Ave. Duration
11 h 23 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$120 - $170
Sleeper Berth Solo
$217
Sleeper Seat
$75 - $110
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
$57
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
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
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$26 - $35
Peak
$35 - $45

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from London to Kirkwall?

The distance between London and Kirkwall is 850 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from London to Kirkwall?

The cheapest way to get from London to Kirkwall is to bus which costs £70 - £85 and takes 19 h 10 min.

What is the fastest way to get from London to Kirkwall?

The quickest way to get from London to Kirkwall is to fly which takes 5 h 9 min and costs £100 - £350.

Is there a direct bus between London and Kirkwall?

No, there is no direct bus from London to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from London Victoria Coach Station and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 10 min.

How long does it take to get from London to Kirkwall?

It takes approximately 5 h 41 min to get from London to Kirkwall, including transfers.