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Orkney Public Bus GuidePublic Bus Services

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.

Important update on buses to historic World Heritage sites: Brodgar Road road closure starts Wednesday 24 April with changes to X1 and 8S serving Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Standing Stones of Stenness - until 3 May. Read more details about changes to bus services, here. 

News flash - timetables change from 1 April 2024, with loads of improvements and changes to designated Stands at Kirkwall Travel Centre. Read our press release for details of improvements.

Service disruptions due to road works:

For more information, contact Stagecoach directly on tel 01856 870555, download the Stagecoach app, and follow Stagecoach Highland on Twitter @StagecoachHLand

Bus Timetables

The individual bus timetables and a map 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.

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.

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