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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Ferry, car ferry  •  14 h 37 min

  1. Nl1

$55 - $87

Cheapest option

Ferry  •  15 h 8 min

  1. Nl1
  2. Nl2

$54 - $82

3 alternative options

Car ferry  •  15 h

$59 - $83

Fly from Wick, bus  •  8 h 21 min

  1. WIC - LSI

$87 - $514

Bus, ferry, bus to Kirkwall, fly  •  9 h 30 min

  1. KOI - LSI

$109 - $207

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 (Ferry Terminal), take the bus to Hatston, Passenger Terminal (Terminal Building), 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 $24 - $45 and the journey takes 7 h 45 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $490
Flights from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Bus operators
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
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
leaskstravel.co.uk
R G Jamieson + Son
Phone
01957 744 214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
rgjamieson.com
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, St Peters Church to Scrabster, Old Ferry Gangway (Ferry Terminal)
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
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
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$24 - $30
Peak
$35 - $41
Ferry from Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal to Lerwick Shetland Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$23 - $28
Peak
$33 - $38

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Thurso and Shetland Islands is 229 km.

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to ferry and car ferry which costs £40 - £70 and takes 14 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to fly and bus which takes 8 h 21 min and costs £65 - £390.

It takes approximately 14 h 37 min to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands, including transfers.