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

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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

£33 - £56

Cheapest option

Car ferry  •  15h 26m

  1. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick

£23 - £42

3 alternative options

Fly from Wick  •  10h 3m

  1. Fly from Wick (WIC) to Lerwick (LSI) WIC - LSI

£133 - £497

Ferry, bus to Kirkwall, fly, bus  •  9h 28m

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
  3. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Lerwick (LSI) KOI - LSI
  4. Take the bus from Viking Bus Station to Vidlin Junction, Road End

Train to Inverness, fly  •  14h 49m

  1. Take the train from Thurso to Inverness
  2. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Lerwick (LSI) INV - LSI

£157 - £501

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to car ferry which costs £23 - £45 and takes 15h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to fly which costs £130 - £500 and takes 10h 3m.

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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 - £60.

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

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There is no direct flight from Wick Airport to Lerwick Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 55m and has one stopover.

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Loganair offers flights from Wick Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 49+ hotels available in Shetland Islands. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Thurso to Wick Airport is to taxi which takes 33 min and costs £45 - £60.

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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?

Loganair flies from Thurso to Shetland Islands 6 times a week.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£85 - £440
Flights from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£85 - £210
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£120 - £400
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£120 - £600
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£120 - £750
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£120 - £750
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£120 - £750
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via London Heathrow, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £600
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£85 - £440
Flights from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£85 - £210
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£120 - £400
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£120 - £600
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Kirkwall, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£120 - £750
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£120 - £750
Flights from Inverness to Lerwick via Stornoway, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£120 - £750
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 52m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £95
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £95
Bus operators
Stagecoach Orkney
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stromness, Travel Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Stagecoach Orkney
John Leask + Son
Phone
+44 (0) 1595 693 162
Email
info@leaskstravel.co.uk
Website
leaskstravel.co.uk
Bus from Viking Bus Station to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
John Leask + Son
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Phone
01957 744214
Email
info@rgjamieson.com
Website
rgjamieson.com
Bus from Viking Bus Station to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Website
Robert Jamieson + Partne
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
£13 - £19
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£13 - £17
Peak
£16 - £19
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£18 - £35
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£18 - £22
Peak
£26 - £31

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