There are 3 ways to get from Thurso to Scapa Flow by bus or ferry

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Bus, travel  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church (Bus Shelter) to John o' Groats, Car Park 80 / ...
  2. Travel from John o' Groats, Car Park to Scapa Flow

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Ferry, travel  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the ferry from Kirkwall Orkney Ferry Terminal to Rapness Orkney Ferry Terminal Of5
  3. Travel from Rapness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scapa Flow

Ferry, travel via Scrabster, Ferry Terminal  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the ferry from Kirkwall Orkney Ferry Terminal to Rapness Orkney Ferry Terminal Of5
  3. Travel from Rapness Orkney Ferry Terminal to Scapa Flow

Questions & Answers

The distance between Thurso and Scapa Flow is 27 miles.

The best way to get from Thurso to Scapa Flow without a car is to bus and travel which takes 1 h 29 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 29 min to get from Thurso to Scapa Flow, including transfers.

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There are 75+ hotels available in Scapa Flow. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Scapa Flow.
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  • Distance: 27.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 29 min

What companies run services between Thurso, Scotland and Scapa Flow, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Thurso to Scapa Flow. However, you can take the bus to John o' Groats, Car Park then take the travel to Scapa Flow. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Scrabster Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal), take the bus to Kirkwall, Travel Centre, take the walk to Kirkwall Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Rapness Orkney Ferry Terminal, then take the travel to Scapa Flow.

Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church (Bus Shelter) to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
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 - $26
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$22 - $26
Orkney Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1856 872044
Email
info@orkneyferries.co.uk
Website
orkneyferries.co.uk
Ferry from Kirkwall Orkney Ferry Terminal to Rapness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
orkneyferries.co.uk

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