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Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry

Typically ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall run 3 times a week. The Aberdeen to Kirkwall ferry is operated by Northlink Ferries. Aberdeen Kirkwall Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Aberdeen Kirkwall Ferry Times

Aberdeen Kirkwall ferries typically depart from Aberdeen at around 17:00. The average sailing time of the ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen is approximately 6h 0m.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall typically range between $145* and $922*. On average the Aberdeen Kirkwall ferry is $620*. The cheapest Aberdeen Kirkwall ferry prices start from $59*. The average price for a foot passenger is $240*. The average price for a Aberdeen Kirkwall car ferry is $774*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

How far is Kirkwall from Aberdeen?

The distance between Aberdeen and Kirkwall is approximately 140.6 miles (226.2km), or 122.1 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall provided by Northlink Ferries. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Aberdeen and Kirkwall.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Aberdeen Kirkwall ferry?

Yes, Aberdeen Kirkwall ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Aberdeen to Kirkwall with Northlink Ferries.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Scotland to Orkney Islands page.
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Aberdeen - Kirkwall Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Northlink Ferries
Average Price A$622*
Average Weekly Sailings 3
Average Sailing Duration 6h 0m
First Ferry 17:00
Distance 122 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-07-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall is approximately 6h. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.

Which ferry companies operate between Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

There is 1 ferry operator for Aberdeen to Kirkwall and this is
  • Northlink Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

Ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall are available for booking through our deal finder, with live prices, timetables and operators.

Aberdeen Guide

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Kirkwall Guide

The town of Kirkwall is located in the Orkney islands and is the island's largest town and capital. The town's name is taken from the Norse name Kirkjuvage (Church Bay) which was later changed to Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa and then finally to Kirkwall. The Orkney's are located off the north east coast of Scotland and one of Kirkwall's most popular attractions is the sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, regarded as the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. Other sites of interest in one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town include the Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace.

Kirkwall is now a thriving market town and has a busy centre with many shops and restaurants. Visitors will find a wide range of accommodation on the island that caters for long and short stays, bed and breakfast or self-catering. Ferry services from Orkney depart to Aberdeen (6 hours), Scrabster (90 minutes) and John O'Groats.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 15/7/2024 and 21/7/2024

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Northlink Ferries 17:00 23:00 6 hours Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
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