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There are 2 ways to get from Shetland Islands to Orkney by car ferry, bus or plane

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Car ferry  •  6h 1m

  1. Take the car ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall

£60 - £80

Cheapest option

Bus, fly  •  4h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Vidlin Junction, Road End to Viking Bus Station
  2. Fly from Lerwick (LSI) to Kirkwall (KOI) LSI - KOI

£50 - £110

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The cheapest way to get from Shetland Islands to Orkney is to bus and fly which costs £50 - £110 and takes 4h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Shetland Islands to Orkney is to bus and fly which costs £50 - £110 and takes 4h 51m.

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The distance between Shetland Islands and Orkney is 110 miles.

The best way to get from Shetland Islands to Orkney without a car is to car ferry which takes 6h 1m and costs £60 - £80.

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It takes approximately 6h 1m to get from Shetland Islands to Orkney, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Lerwick Airport to Kirkwall Airport is the direct flight which takes 40m.

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Loganair offers flights from Lerwick Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 100+ hotels available in Orkney. Prices start at £69 per night.

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Map of how to get from Shetland Islands to Orkney.
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  • Distance: 109.7 miles
  • Duration: 6h 1m

What companies run services between Shetland Islands, Scotland and Orkney, Scotland?

NorthLink Ferries operates a car ferry from Shetland Islands to Orkney 3 times a week. Tickets cost £17 - £29 and the journey takes 5h 30m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Lerwick to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £490
Bus operators
John Leask + Son
Phone
+44 (0) 1595 693 162
Email
info@leaskstravel.co.uk
Website
leaskstravel.co.uk
Bus from Vidlin Junction, Road End to Viking Bus Station
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
John Leask + Son
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Phone
01957 744214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Vidlin Junction, Road End to Viking Bus Station
Ave. Duration
32m
Frequency
6 times a week
Website
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£17 - £29
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£17 - £21
Peak
£24 - £29

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