There are 2 ways to get from Thurso to Skara Brae by bus or ferry

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Recommended option

Bus, ferry  •  4 h 3 min

  1. X82 / ...
  2. Nl1

$22 - $33

1 alternative option

Bus  •  5 h 36 min

  1. 80 / ...
  2. Jg2
  3. 8S / ...

$30 - $35

What companies run services between Thurso, Scotland and Skara Brae, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Thurso to Skara Brae via John o' Groats, Car Park, Kirkwall, Travel Centre, and Skara Brae, Visitor Centre in around 5 h 36 min.

Bus operators
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Camp Site (Bus Stop) to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
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
$5 - $7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
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
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Thurso and Skara Brae is 51 km.

The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Skara Brae is to bus and ferry which costs £16 - £25 and takes 4 h 3 min.

The quickest way to get from Thurso to Skara Brae is to bus and ferry which takes 4 h 3 min and costs £16 - £25.

No, there is no direct bus from Thurso to Skara Brae. However, there are services departing from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church (Bus Shelter) and arriving at Skara Brae, Visitor Centre via John o' Groats, Car Park and Kirkwall, Travel Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 36 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to get from Thurso to Skara Brae, including transfers.