There is 1 way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall by ferry or bus

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Ferry, bus  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the bus from Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) to Kirkwall, Travel Centre X1 / ...

$28 - $35

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The distance between Thurso and Kirkwall is 34 miles.

The best way to get from Thurso to Kirkwall without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 3 h 19 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 19 min to get from Thurso to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 33.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 19 min

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

There is no direct connection from Thurso to Kirkwall. However, you can take the bus to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Scrabster Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal), then take the bus to Kirkwall, Travel Centre.

Bus operators
Stagecoach Orkney
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Website
stagecoachbus.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
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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