There are 7 ways to get from London to Kirkwall by plane, train, ferry, bus 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 Heathrow  •  5 h 9 min

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

$148 - $480

Cheapest option

Bus  •  19 h 5 min

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

$94 - $103

5 alternative options

Fly from London City  •  5 h 41 min

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

$146 - $489

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

$101 - $158

Train, ferry via Edinburgh  •  16 h 8 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

$109 - $229

Train  •  17 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Wick

$150 - $206

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

$120 - $148

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Kirkwall is to bus which costs £70 - £85 and takes 19 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from London to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £110 - £380 and takes 5 h 9 min.

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The distance between London and Kirkwall is 531 miles.

It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to get from London to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from London to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from London Victoria and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from London to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 531.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 9 min

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

British Airways, Loganair and two other airlines fly from London to Kirkwall hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from London to Kirkwall via Inverness, Wick, Wick, Bus Terminal, and John o' Groats, Car Park in around 17 h 34 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 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
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
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 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 Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Edinburgh, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Dublin, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Heathrow to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
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
Flights from London City to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
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
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$70 - $110
1st Class
$140 - $210
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$55 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $170
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from London Kings Cross to Inverness
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$80 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $230
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $45
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
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
$65 - $100
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $150
Sleeper Berth Solo
$198
Sleeper Seat
$65 - $100
Bus operators
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 to Inverness, Scotland
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
nationalexpress.com
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
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
$24 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$24 - $29
Peak
$35 - $45

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