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Please remember that when travelling on public transport, all intending customers must wear a face covering, unless exempt.

Bus travel in Orkney provides easy access for the local population and visitors alike to many areas of the Orkney Mainland and Islands. This section provides information on routes and timetables that are available to download or view via Bus Operator's websites.

Public Bus services may be affected over coming months by the Council's programme of road works. Please see services affected listed by date below. This list may change as details of further road works are confirmed - please check back regularly.

Works on Junction Road and New Scapa Road in Kirkwall in November:

From 16 November 2021 to and including 23 November: Junction Road will be closed between Castle Street (Travel Centre) and Tankerness Lane (Restart). Public Bus services affected are X1,2,3,6,7,8S and 9. Buses will Turn left out of Travel Centre, left at Kiln Corner Roundabout, left at the Ayre Roundabout onto Great Western Road, rejoining routes on Pickaquoy Road (and vice versa on journeys to the Travel Centre)

From 22 November for one week - POSTPONED until February 2022: New Scapa Road will close from the junction at Hornersquoy and Garden House/new hospital. Public Bus services affected are X1,2,3,4,6,7,8S and 9. All services will use Foreland Road and Old Scapa Road. Service 9 will be unable to serve Pipersquoy Road, Kirklands Road and Quoybanks Cres and will instead use Holm Branch Road, re-joining the route on Holm Road  (and vice versa on journeys to the Travel Centre). 

Festive arrangements - changes to bus timetable for Christmas and New Year period.

The following arrangements will apply over the Festive Period. Note that all services are suspended on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Monday 20 December, Tuesday 21 December and Wednesday 22 December will run to normal school day services.

Thursday 23 December 2021 - School Holiday Services will operate.

Christmas Eve 24 December 2021 School Holiday timetables will operate with the exception of the following journeys:

Service X1 Stromness – Kirkwall – St Margarets Hope:

Service X10 Kirkwall to Stromness - cancelled.

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2021 – all services suspended

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2021 - All Services suspended with the exception of Service X10 which will operate a normal Sunday timetable.

Monday 27 December 2021 to Thursday 30 December inclusive - School Holiday Services will operate.

New Year’s Eve Friday 31 December 2021 - School Holiday timetables will operate with the same exceptions for Christmas Eve, namely:

Service X1 Stromness – Kirkwall – St Margarets Hope:

Service X10 Kirkwall to Stromness - cancelled.

New Years Day Saturday 1 January 2022 - all services suspended.

Sunday 2nd January 2022 - All Services suspended with the exception of Service X10 which will operate a normal Sunday timetable.

From Wednesday 5th January 2022 - normal services will resume including school transport.

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Bus Timetables

Accessible versions of the individual bus timetables are available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page or from the Stagecoach website.

Traveline Scotland provide accurate and up to date information to get you to your destination by the quickest public transport mode. Find out more at the Traveline Scotland website, available from the Related Sites section, or contact 08712002233.

Isles Bus Services

Sanday Bus

The Sanday bus operates daily, meeting every ferry arrival at Loth Pier from 2 May until 27 September. Booking is advisable as the bus carries a maximum of 16 passengers. The on-demand service to Loth Pier for ferry departures always requires prior booking. Pick up and drop off can be arranged at any roadside location on the island. Outwith the dates above, the Sanday Bus operates an on-demand service only. For all bookings, please call 01857600438 or 07513084777 before 18:00 the evening before travel.

Westray Bus

The bus service on Westray provides a connection with ferry arrivals and departures at Rapness Pier (for Orkney Mainland). During the winter months, all connections to/from Rapness must be pre-booked. The service can be booked by contacting 07789034289 or 01857677758. For further information on the Westray Bus Service see the link within Related Sites below.

These services are available to everyone, and Scotland-Wide Free Bus Cards are accepted for free travel. Otherwise, fares are charged at the same rate as all other bus services in Orkney, based on the distance between where users board and alight the bus (via the shortest road distance). Return fares are 1.5 times the single and children under 5 travel for free.

Using The Bus – Hail and Ride

Apart from in the centre of Kirkwall and Stromness, where you should wait for the bus at the Kirkwall or Stromness Travel Centre, using the bus in Orkney couldn’t be easier. All you need to do to catch a bus is to wait at a safe point – and hail the driver as the bus approaches. When you wish to leave the bus, ring the bell once in good time as the bus approaches your stop. Bus fares vary depending upon the length of your journey. If you are making a return journey on the same day, ask the driver for a Day Return. Other multiple-use tickets are available, and details can be found on the Stagecoach website.

Dial-A-Bus Service

Dial-A-Bus is a door-to-door service run for its members by the Orkney Disability Forum. Residents and visitors can become members, and the service is available for people who are disabled, people with mobility difficulties and people aged 60 and over.

The Dial-A-Bus office is open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30 for further information and booking telephone 01856871515. Bookings for Dial-A-Bus must be made 24 hours in advance and trips at the weekend must be booked by Friday. Dial-A-Bus has an out-of-hours phone line that can be used if you need to cancel your booking or change your pick-up or drop-off point. The number is 07500304417 – please note that journeys cannot be booked on this line.

Visit the Orkney Disability Forum website for further information.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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