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There are 7 ways to get from Stromness to Edinburgh by car ferry, car, ferry, bus, train or plane

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Car ferry, drive  •  9h 50m

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

£40 - £70

Cheapest option

Car ferry, bus  •  12h 40m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen
  2. Take the bus from Union Square Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station M92

£31 - £53

5 alternative options

Ferry, bus  •  11h 3m

  1. Take the ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the bus from Scrabster, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station X99
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station M90 / ...

Ferry, train  •  11h 50m

  1. Take the ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the train from Thurso to Inverness
  3. Take the train from Inverness to Edinburgh

£66 - £274

Car ferry, train  •  11h 59m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen
  2. Take the train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

£37 - £226

Bus, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
  2. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Edinburgh (EDI) KOI - EDI

Bus, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
  2. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Glasgow (GLA) KOI - GLA
  3. Take the train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central
  4. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

Stromness to Edinburgh by ferry and bus

The journey time between Stromness and Edinburgh is around 10h 43m and covers a distance of around 313 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 10h 10m. Operated by NorthLink Ferries, Stagecoach In The Highlands and Scottish Citylink, the Stromness to Edinburgh service departs from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal and arrives in Edinburgh, Bus Station. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
10h 43m
Fastest journey time:
10h 10m
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
58 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:30
Last service departs at:
09:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Stromness to Edinburgh ferry and bus schedules

Stromness → Edinburgh
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The cost-effective way to get from Stromness to Edinburgh is to car ferry and bus, which costs £30 - £55 and takes 12h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Stromness to Edinburgh is to car ferry and drive which costs £40 - £70 and takes 9h 50m.

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The distance between Stromness and Edinburgh is 209 miles.

The best way to get from Stromness to Edinburgh without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 11h 3m and costs .

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It takes approximately 9h 50m to get from Stromness to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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

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Loganair offers flights from Kirkwall Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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Map of how to get from Stromness to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 209.2 miles
  • Duration: 9h 50m

What companies run services between Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Stromness to Edinburgh. However, you can take the drive to Kirkwall, take the car ferry to Aberdeen, then take the drive to Edinburgh. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Stromness to Edinburgh via Scrabster Ferry Terminal, Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, and Inverness, Bus Station in around 11h 3m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Kirkwall to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£180 - £550
Flights from Kirkwall to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £380
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Thurso to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £95
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £95
Train from Inverness to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
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 Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£27 - £85
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£27 - £40
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £85
Train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £5
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£2 - £4
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£3 - £5
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£22 - £160
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £100
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£100 - £160
Train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£16 - £24
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£100 - £150
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£40 - £44
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Seat
£40 - £44
Sleeper Berth Club Solo
£180 - £210
Sleeper Berth Classic
£75 - £100
Train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£38 - £42
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Seat
£38 - £42
Sleeper Berth Club Solo
£170 - £200
Sleeper Berth Classic
£55 - £75
Bus operators
Stagecoach In The Highlands
Bus from Scrabster, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
Frequency
6 times a week
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£10 - £17
Website
Megabus UK
Stagecoach In Orkney
Bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
Ferry from Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scrabster Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£13 - £17
Peak
£16 - £19

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