Shetland Transportation

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Shetland Transportation

  • Driving

    To see Shetland properly you really do need a car. The bus services is limited both in services and in operating times, and although walking and cycling are wonderful ways to explore, mainland Shetland is a big place.Driving in Shetland is easy and very enjoyable. One goes back to an earlier time, when roads are mostly empty and stress is...

  • Sumburgh Airport

    Sumburgh airport may be tiny but it's busy with planes and helicopters. Make sure you have your coat with you, because you'll walk from the plane to the terminal building (possibly in a gale and driving rain, as I did!).The terminal building is rather nice. There's a shop, cafe and a bar, a TV area (the TV showing BBC news), a children's play area...

  • Arriving

    The main Shetland airport is Sumburgh, and that is almost certainly where you will arrive. It's less likely that you will be able to take a direct flight to Shetland, although Loganair does operate some direct routes from major Scottish cities such as Aberdeen and Edinburgh, to Orkney and to Bergen in Norway. Flying from Birmingham (UK) I had to...

  • public transport

    Shetland is wonderful and although a car does give you more freedom to move about, these two sites will help you with buses and ferries. Walking is also great there I know you can get a multi ticket for the ferries. have put my Shetland tips on my Scotland page...

  • Ferry or plane?

    Ferry is of course cheaper, however if you don't live in Scotland then you have to get there first. There are scheduled flights now from Stansted to Sumburgh which makes things easier. We got connecting flights which didn't work out cheap but this is a special place and we didn't mind paying a bit extra.One word of warning: if you get even slightly...

  • Hire a car

    Buses do exist on Shetland but if you're limited for time you'll really going to need to hire a car. We paid about £30/day. Of course you could bring your own, but are then limited to ferries only. You really have to weigh up costs and think about how much time you're going to spend on the main land. You can cycle however it is constantly windy and...

  • with Northernlink to Shetland

    I travelled to Shetland by ferry. I like travelling by ferries. Some times the journey can be very romantic. The journey lasts 12 hours. The staff was nice and very helpful, meal prices in the selfservice bar were reasonable. Coffee or tee from about 1 pound and the main courses from about 5 pounds. If you on the budget take only the sleeper seat....

  • Bolt's Car Hire

    Bolt's Car Hire is a cheap but quality car rental business. I was supplied with a Vauxhall Corsa for 2 days and it was an excellently kept car. They will pick you up from the airport and drivce you out to your car. You can either drop the car off at their headquarters again and they'll drive you back in to the airport or you can just leave it in...

  • Local airports

    Many of the islands have regularly SCHEDULED air transportation a couple days a week. The airports are not staffed and there is really no baggage handling. In fact on Fair Isle the volunteer fire department does a sweep of the runway prior to a landing to get all the sheep off. A few years ago there was a collision between a plane and a sheep -...

  • Take a ferry between islands

    Shetland Inter Island Ferry SystemShetland has a very good ferry system between its many islands. The main crossings have several ferrys a day while the less used crossing, such as to Fair Isle travel just two days a week. ALWAYS make a reservation if you are traveling by car as these are small ferries and you will have a potentially long wait if...

  • Car Ferries

    Car ferries connect the main islands of Shetland. There's usually a pretty frequent service (by that I mean perhaps 1 or 2 an hour). They run all day, from about 6am to 11pm.It's advisible to book in advance if possible, as the ferries do sometimes fill up. If you can't do this then just get there early so you're near the front of the queue.

  • Getting to and from Shetland

    Your main options are flying or getting a ferry.British Airways fly regularly from several Scottish airports, with connecting flights to London Heathrow. A return flight will probably cost anything from £200 upwards.The other, more cost effective option (and the one I opted for) is to get a ferry. North Link ferries run an overnight service from...

  • Integrated Transport

    It's easy to get around Shetland by public transport. The buses are timed to arrive in time for ferry connections, meaning you can get pretty much anywhere in the islands in a few hours.The best bus service (perhaps 10 or so buses a day) is from Lerwick to Sumburgh, as this is the airport service. Other places don't enjoy quite such frequent...

  • Ferry from aberdeen to shetland

    The Ferry is the cheapest way to get to shetland. it travelles from aberdeen and it is an overnight journey (around 14 hours) it is nice to take the boat as you get to see many of the islands on your way to the harbour, and a unique view of the main town (Lerwick). It is also a good idea not to book a cabin but a seat. and sleep on the floor if you...

  • fly to the island west of the sun

    To get to foula you either go by 7 seater light aircraft or by the Foula ferry. The flight is highly recommended but much more expensive(approx £40 return). flight time is approx 15 min. You fly from Tingwall Airport (a tiny airport) on the mainland of Shetland .The dirt runway on Foula was built by the islanders themselves and they are very proud...


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