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There are 5 ways to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands by ferry, car ferry, bus, plane or train

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Recommended option

Ferry, car ferry  •  14h 14m

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1
  2. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick

$43 - $68

Cheapest option

Car ferry  •  15h 22m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick

$30 - $49

3 alternative options

Bus, bus to Kirkwall, fly  •  9h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church to John o' Groats, Car Park
  2. Take the bus from John o' Groats, Car Park to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
  3. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Lerwick (LSI) KOI - LSI
  4. Take the bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End

Fly from Wick, bus  •  8h 19m

  1. Fly from Wick (WIC) to Lerwick (LSI) WIC - LSI
  2. Take the bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End

Train, train to Aberdeen, fly  •  12h 54m

  1. Take the train from Thurso to Inverness
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Dyce
  3. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Lerwick (LSI) ABZ - LSI

$154 - $281

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to car ferry which costs £22 - £40 and takes 15h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to train and fly which costs £110 - £220 and takes 12h 54m.

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The distance between Thurso and Shetland Islands is 143 miles.

The best way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands without a car is to ferry and car ferry which takes 14h 14m and costs £30 - £55.

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It takes approximately 14h 14m to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Kirkwall Airport to Lerwick Airport is the direct flight which takes 40m.

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Loganair offers flights from Kirkwall Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 42+ hotels available in Shetland Islands. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Thurso to Wick Airport is to bus which takes 53m and costs £4 - £5.

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands.
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  • Distance: 143.4 miles
  • Duration: 14h 14m

What companies run services between Thurso, Scotland and Shetland Islands, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Thurso to Shetland Islands. 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, take the bus to Hatston, Passenger Terminal, take the walk to Kirkwall, take the car ferry to Lerwick, take the walk to Lerwick, Shetland Hotel, then take the bus to Vidlin Junction, Road End. Alternatively, NorthLink Ferries operates a car ferry from Thurso to Shetland Islands 4 times a week. Tickets cost $23 - $40 and the journey takes 7h 45m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Edinburgh, Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $490
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Aberdeen, Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$65 - $500
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Thurso to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 46m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Inverness to Dyce
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$29 - $40
Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from John o' Groats, Car Park to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
John Leask + Son
Phone
+44 (0) 1595 693 162
Email
info@leaskstravel.co.uk
Website
leaskstravel.co.uk
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
leaskstravel.co.uk
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Phone
01957 744214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
rgjamieson.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
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$23 - $28
Peak
$32 - $37

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