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There are 4 ways to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall by ferry, bus, train or plane

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Ferry, bus John O'Groats Ferries  •  10h 42m

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station 61 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Cheapest option

Fly  •  6h 28m

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Kirkwall (KOI) SYY - KOI

$110 - $950

2 alternative options

Ferry, bus, train  •  12h 38m

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station 804
  3. Take the train from Lairg to Thurso
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

Ferry, bus via Durness, Post Office  •  14h 18m

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Durness, Post Office 804
  3. Take the bus from Durness, Post Office to Thurso, St Peters Church 803
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

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The cheapest way to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £85 - £750 and takes 6h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £85 - £750 and takes 6h 28m.

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The distance between Stornoway and Kirkwall is 135 miles.

The best way to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 10h 42m and costs .

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It takes approximately 10h 42m to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Stornoway Airport to Kirkwall Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 35m and has one stopover.

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Loganair offers flights from Stornoway Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 76+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Stornoway to Stornoway Airport is to bus which takes 8m and costs .

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Map of how to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 135.2 miles
  • Duration: 10h 42m

What companies run services between Stornoway, Scotland and Kirkwall, Scotland?

Loganair flies from Stornoway to Kirkwall 3 times a day.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Inverness
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $950
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Glasgow, Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Lairg to Thurso
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
The Durness Bus
Phone
01971 511 223
Email
info@thedurnessbus.com
Website
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Durness, Post Office
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Durness, Post Office to Thurso, St Peters Church
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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