Aberdeen
Lerwick
Ferries to Shetland Islands
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Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry

The Aberdeen Lerwick ferry route connects Scotland with Shetland Islands. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Northlink Ferries. The crossing operates up to 7 times each week with sailing durations from around 12 hours 30 minutes.

Aberdeen Lerwick sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Scotland to Shetland Islands page.
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Most popular questions

  • The typical crossing time for ferries from Aberdeen to Lerwick is approximately 12h 30m. However, please keep in mind that sailing duration might change depending on what season you choose to travel.
  • The average price of a ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick is approximately $211. However, please remember that the price of a ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick can differ depending on the season.
  • There is 1 ferry operator for Aberdeen to Lerwick and this is
    • Northlink Ferries
  • Ferries from Aberdeen to Lerwick are available for booking through our deal finder. Please also visit our offers page to stay updated with all the latest ferry offers on this route.
  • Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger onboard the ferries from Aberdeen to Lerwick with
    • Northlink Ferries
    : Unfortunately, you cannot travel as a foot passenger on ferries from Aberdeen to Lerwick, with only vehicles allowed onboard this ferry service.
  • Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Aberdeen to Lerwick with the following operators
    • Northlink Ferries
    : No, only foot passengers can travel on the ferry.
  • Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their dogs onboard this ferry service. However, you may require a pet passport and other documentation to take your furry companion with you. The following operators currently allow dogs on their ferries
    • Northlink Ferries
  • Aberdeen to Lerwick is approximately 189 nautical miles distance apart.

Aberdeen Guide

The Granite City, as Aberdeen is sometimes called is located in the north east of Scotland, and is Scotland's third most populous city. The city's two universities help to make the city a lively place to spend time. The city also plays an important role in the North Sea oil industry with the city's heliport being one of the busiest in the world.

Aberdeen has a long sandy beach located between the River Dee and the River Don. To the south of the River Dee there are steep rocky cliff faces with pebbly beaches and deep inlets. The area is good for rock climbing and a result of some of the granite outcrops having been quarried in the past.

The city's harbour started out as a fishing port and then moved on to steam trawlers and the oil industry. it is now a major port of departure for the Baltic and Scandinavia with major exports including fertiliser, granite, and chemicals.


Lerwick Guide

Lerwick is a town and port, and capital, of the Shetland Islands which are located roughly 160 km off the north coast of Scotland, 340 km to the north of the city of Aberdeen and 370 km to the west of Bergen in Norway. The town takes its name from the Old Norse and its descendent, Norn, which was spoken in Shetland until the middle of the 19th century and means 'bay of clay'. The Norwegian name for the town is Leirvik with 'leir' meaning clay and 'vik' meaning bay or inlet. There are other towns in western Norway with similar names.

The town's port is a busy fishing and ferry port that also services that support the offshore oil industry. There is an overnight passenger ferry service to Aberdeen, that calls at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. Also, the Shetlands Islands Council operate a ferry service to Out Skerries and Bressay from a terminal in the centre of town.


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