Lerwick
Kirkwall
Ferries to Orkney Islands
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Lerwick to Kirkwall Ferry

Connecting the capital town of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands with the capital town of Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, this ferry route is the only ferry route to provide a connection between the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands. The town of Lerwick, the main town of the Shetland Islands, and home to all the amenities you may expect from a much larger city, such as leisure centres, entertainment facilities, and all the restaurants and shops that you may need, and is the perfect place to visit to see the rich history of the Shetland.

The town of Kirkwall is the largest town in the Orkneys, and is home to the famous St Magnus Cathedral, one of the oldest medieval buildings in Scotland, and has an array of historical sights and places to visit to help understand the Orkneys.

With up to 3 ferries running per week, provided by 1 ferry operator, and with sail times of around 5 hours and 30 minutes, there are plenty of ferries to choose from, so book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

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

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

  • The typical crossing time for ferries from Lerwick to Kirkwall is approximately 5h 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 Lerwick to Kirkwall is approximately $96. However, please remember that the price of a ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall can differ depending on the season.
  • There is 1 ferry operator for Lerwick to Kirkwall and this is
    • Northlink Ferries
  • Ferries from Lerwick to Kirkwall 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 Lerwick to Kirkwall with
    • Northlink Ferries
    : Unfortunately, you cannot travel as a foot passenger on ferries from Lerwick to Kirkwall, with only vehicles allowed onboard this ferry service.
  • Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Lerwick to Kirkwall 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
  • Lerwick to Kirkwall is approximately 129 nautical miles distance apart.

Lerwick to Kirkwall Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for this ferry route has up to 3 ferries running per week, provided by 1 ferry operator, but be sure to bear in mind that sail times for this route can be affected by many different factors. These can include seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operator, and so on, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always give you the most up-to-date information regarding ferry sailings, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.


How long does the Ferry to Kirkwall from Lerwick take?

Ferry sail durations on this ferry route generally take between 5 hours and 30 minutes, to 7 hours and 45 minutes, and this variation is caused for numerous reasons, such as changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operator, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail. This means that all sail times that are given here are to be taken as estimates only, and be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.


Lerwick to Kirkwall Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Kirkwall from Lerwick will cost is defined by many separate factors, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you are travelling on, which ferry operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and other such factors, so there are multiple ferry fares on offer here. Instead, we recommend looking at the above graph, to see our monthly fare averages, check out our useful fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.


Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Kirkwall from Lerwick?

You are currently able to take your car with you on this ferry route.


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