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There are 6 ways to get from Stirling to John O' Groats by night train, bus, train, car, plane or ferry

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Night train, bus  •  9h 36m

  1. Take the night train from Stirling to Inverness
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Castletown, Drill Hall X99

£63 - £77

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Bus  •  10h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Perth, Bus Station M8
  2. Take the bus from Perth, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M91
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Castletown, Drill Hall X99

£50 - £71

4 alternative options

Train  •  9h 37m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Wick

£58 - £284

Drive  •  5h 7m

  1. Drive from Stirling to John O' Groats 253 miles

£35 - £60

Train to Edinburgh, fly, ferry  •  8h 16m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Edinburgh Park
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI
  3. Take the ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal

£121 - £416

Train to Glasgow, fly, ferry  •  9h 4m

  1. Take the train from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI
  3. Take the ferry from St Margarets Hope Ferry Terminal to Gills Bay Ferry Terminal

£179 - £517

Stirling to John O' Groats by night train and bus

The journey time between Stirling and John O' Groats is around 13h 36m and covers a distance of around 295 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 13h 33m. Operated by Caledonian Sleeper and Stagecoach Highlands, the Stirling to John O' Groats service departs from Stirling and arrives in John o' Groats, JOG Knitwear. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
13h 36m
Fastest journey time:
13h 33m
Journey distance:
295 miles
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
£63
Carbon emissions:
41 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:00
Last service departs at:
05:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Stirling to John O' Groats night train and bus schedules

Stirling → John O' Groats
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The cheapest way to get from Stirling to John O' Groats is to drive which costs £35 - £60 and takes 5h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Stirling to John O' Groats is to drive which costs £35 - £60 and takes 5h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stirling station to John O' Groats. However, there are services departing from Stirling, Bus Station and arriving at John o' Groats, JOG Knitwear via Perth, Bus Station, Inverness, Bus Station and Castletown, Drill Hall. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 51m.

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The distance between Stirling and John O' Groats is 178 miles. The road distance is 253 miles.

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The best way to get from Stirling to John O' Groats without a car is to night train and bus which takes 9h 36m and costs £60 - £80.

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It takes approximately 9h 36m to get from Stirling to John O' Groats, including transfers.

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Stirling to John O' Groats bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Stirling, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Stirling to John O' Groats is to train which takes 9h 37m and costs £55 - £290. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £50 - £75 and takes 10h 51m.

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

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Stirling to John O' Groats bus services, operated by Stagecoach Highlands, arrive at Castletown, Drill Hall station.

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Map of how to get from Stirling to John O' Groats.
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  • Distance: 178 miles
  • Duration: 9h 36m

What companies run services between Stirling, Scotland and John O' Groats, Scotland?

You can take a train from Stirling to John O' Groats via Inverness, Wick, and Wick, Town Hall in around 9h 37m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Stirling to John O' Groats via Perth, Bus Station, Inverness, Bus Station, and Castletown, Drill Hall in around 10h 51m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£180 - £550
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£180 - £550
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £470
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Stirling to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £95
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £95
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Train from Stirling to Edinburgh Park
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £20
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£7 - £11
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£15 - £20
Train from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£6 - £19
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£6 - £10
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£14 - £19
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Stirling to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£19 - £170
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£19 - £28
Anytime Day Single
£75 - £110
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£120 - £170
Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Phone
01856878014
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Castletown, Drill Hall
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£19 - £27
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Stirling, Bus Station to Perth, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Perth, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£19 - £27
Website
Scottish Citylink
Ferry operators
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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Yes, the driving distance between Stirling to John O' Groats is 253 miles. It takes approximately 5h 7m to drive from Stirling to John O' Groats.

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Loganair offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 13+ hotels available in John O' Groats. Prices start at £75 per night.

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