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There are 7 ways to get from Orkney to Glasgow by plane, bus, car ferry, train, car or ferry

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Fly to Glasgow  •  2h 55m

  1. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Glasgow (GLA) KOI - GLA

Cheapest option

Car ferry, bus  •  10h 45m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen Nl2
  2. Take the bus from Aberdeen Coach Station to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station Aberdeen Coach Station - Edinburgh Airport Arrivals Terminal / ...

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Fly to Edinburgh, bus  •  3h 28m

  1. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Edinburgh (EDI) KOI - EDI
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh Airport, Airport to Buchanan Bus Station

Car ferry, train  •  10h 41m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen Nl2
  2. Take the train from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street

Car ferry, drive  •  9h 43m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen Nl2
  2. Drive from Aberdeen to Glasgow

Ferry, train  •  13h 4m

  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 Glasgow Queen Street

Car ferry, bus via Perth  •  14h 47m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen Nl2
  2. Take the bus from Union Square Bus Station to Perth, Canal Street X7
  3. Take the bus from Perth, Canal Street to Buchanan Bus Station M8
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The cheapest way to get from Orkney to Glasgow is to car ferry and bus which costs £30 - £80 and takes 10h 45m.

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The fastest way to get from Orkney to Glasgow is to fly which takes 2h 55m and costs £120 - £270.

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The distance between Orkney and Glasgow is 222 miles.

The best way to get from Orkney to Glasgow without a car is to car ferry and train which takes 10h 41m and costs £50 - £140.

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It takes approximately 2h 55m to get from Orkney to Glasgow, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Kirkwall Airport to Glasgow Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Loganair offers flights from Kirkwall Airport to Glasgow Airport.

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There are 287+ hotels available in Glasgow. 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 Glasgow.
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  • Distance: 222.2 miles
  • Duration: 2h 55m

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

Loganair flies from Orkney to Glasgow once daily.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Kirkwall to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from Kirkwall to Glasgow via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from Kirkwall to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£110 - £360
Flights from Kirkwall to Edinburgh via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £360
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £100
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £100
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 Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £120
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£90 - £120
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh Airport, Airport to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£9 - £13
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£26 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Perth, Canal Street to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£12 - £18
Website
Scottish Citylink
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Edinburgh Airport Arrivals Terminal to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £13
Website
Megabus UK
Bus from Aberdeen Coach Station to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £19
Website
Megabus UK
Stagecoach East Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Perth, Canal Street
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£14 - £21
Website
Stagecoach East Scotland
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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