There are 3 ways to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands by ferry, car ferry, bus or plane

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Ferry, car ferry  •  13 h 57 min

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

$58 - $81

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Ferry, bus to Kirkwall, fly, bus  •  7 h 44 min

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

$118 - $211

Fly from Wick, bus  •  9 h 6 min

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

$92 - $517

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to ferry and car ferry which costs £40 - £65 and takes 13 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands is to ferry and bus and fly which costs £85 - £160 and takes 7 h 44 min.

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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 13 h 57 min and costs £40 - £65.

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It takes approximately 13 h 57 min 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 40 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Kirkwall Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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There are 43+ hotels available in Shetland Islands. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Shetland Islands.
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  • Distance: 143.4 miles
  • Duration: 13 h 57 min

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, 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 line 4 bus to Kirkwall Airport, Airport Terminal (Terminal building), take the walk to Kirkwall airport, fly to Lerwick, take the walk to Sumburgh Airport, Terminal, take the bus to Lerwick, Ferry Terminal, then take the bus to Shetland Islands.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$65 - $490
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
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
Robert Jamieson + Partne
Bus from Lerwick, Ferry Terminal to Vidlin Junction, Road End
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8
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
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$24 - $29
Peak
$34 - $40

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