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There are 3 ways to get from Orkney to Aberdeen by car ferry, ferry, train or plane

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Car ferry  •  7h 15m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen Nl2

2 alternative options

Ferry, train  •  11h 44m

  1. Take the ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal Pf1
  2. Take the train from Wick to Inverness
  3. Take the train from Inverness to Aberdeen

Fly  •  2h 45m

  1. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Aberdeen (ABZ) KOI - ABZ

Orkney to Aberdeen by car ferry

The car ferry journey time between Orkney and Aberdeen is around 7h 15m and covers a distance of around 165 miles. Operated by NorthLink Ferries, the Orkney to Aberdeen car ferry service departs from Kirkwall and arrives in Aberdeen. Typically three car ferries run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

3 Weekly Car ferries
7h 15m Average Duration
£20 Cheapest Price
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Orkney → Aberdeen
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The cheapest way to get from Orkney to Aberdeen is to car ferry which costs £20 - £40 and takes 7h 15m.

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The fastest way to get from Orkney to Aberdeen is to fly which takes 2h 45m and costs £75 - £190.

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Yes, there is a direct ferry departing from Kirkwall and arriving at Aberdeen. Services depart three times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 7h 15m.

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The distance between Orkney and Aberdeen is 132 miles.

The best way to get from Orkney to Aberdeen without a car is to car ferry which takes 7h 15m and costs £20 - £40.

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The car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen takes 7h 15m including transfers and departs three times a week.

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The quickest flight from Kirkwall Airport to Aberdeen Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Kirkwall Airport to Aberdeen Airport.

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There are 141+ hotels available in Aberdeen. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Orkney to Kirkwall Airport is to line 4 bus which takes 12 min and costs £1 - £3.

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Map of how to get from Orkney to Aberdeen.
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  • Distance: 131.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h 15m

What companies run services between Orkney, Scotland and Aberdeen, Scotland?

Loganair flies from Orkney to Aberdeen 3 times a day.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Kirkwall to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £240
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Wick to Inverness
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Train from Inverness to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£23 - £70
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£23 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £70
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£20 - £40
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£20 - £25
Peak
£31 - £36
Pentland Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)800 688 8998
Email
sales@pentlandferries.co.uk
Website
pentlandferries.co.uk
Ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£17
Website
Pentland Ferries

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