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From: £45.00

2p+Car+Return in our estimation £ 171
Distance 134 miles, 215 km
Duration 6 Hours
Sailings Up to 4 times per week
Destination(s) 🇬🇧 Orkney, 🇬🇧 Scotland, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Operated by NorthLink Ferries

If you want to go to Orkney from Aberdeen or the surrounding area, you can book a direct boat. From Aberdeen you sail to Kirkwall in 6 hours. This crossing takes longer than the other ferry crossings to Orkney, but you don’t have to drive all the way north. So a comfortable choice. After the stopover at Kirkwall, this boat sails on to Lerwick (Shetland Islands).

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Ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall

Scotland ⇔ Orkney > Travel this ferry line with the vessel(s) from NorthLink Ferries. It is also possible to bring a car on this route towards Kirkwall.

Aberdeen-Kirkwall ferry schedule and tickets

The ferry connection (Aberdeen-Kirkwall) departs up to 4 times per peek. The minimal price you could expect in local currency is about ~52. However, ferry prices rise as the boat fills up, so it is best to book early and compare prices for different departures.


The distance between Aberdeen and Kirkwall is 215 km or 133 miles. The fastest ferry on this crossing is able to sail this distance in approximately 6 Hours. It is worth noting that travel time may vary due to weather conditions or different vessel(s) being active on this connection.


Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Aberdeen and Kirkwall is currently operated by: NorthLink Ferries.

How long does the Aberdeen-Kirkwall crossing take?

The travel time of the Aberdeen-Kirkwall ferry is around: 6 Hours. Please arrive early at the harbor and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Aberdeen-Kirkwall ferry sail?

You can usually take the ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall (or the ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen) Up to 4 Times p/week. Depending on the season, the amount of people on the ferry and the weather forecast, the ferry company can deviate from the timetable/ferry schedule.

What is the distance between Aberdeen and Kirkwall?

The distance between Aberdeen and Kirkwall is approximately 134 miles or 215 km.


From: £45.00