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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. We also endeavour to provide information about the impact on bus services of road works by other organisations. Please see services affected listed by date below. This information may change at short notice - please check back regularly.

From Monday 12 September:

X1 Stromness-Kikrwall-StMargarets Hope disruption - The road closure on the A961 at Highland Park was lifted on Friday 9 September, however from Monday 12 September until Friday 23 September the area will be subject to short duration closures (stop/go signs or temporary traffic lights) to complete the final stage of the works. Delays are expected during this period however the X1 bus service will be able to operate as normal again.

Service 9 Town Service - From Monday 12 September part of Glaitness Road (Soulisquoy Loan up to Liberator Drive) will be closed in order for Scottish Water to carry out essential works. The works are expected to last for around two weeks. The school bus and the first Service 9 bus each morning (departs Kirkwall Travel Centre at 7:30am passing Soulisquoy at 07:59) will be permitted access - however the road will be closed to all other users including later runs of the Service 9 bus. Other than the early bus detailed above, the No 9 Town Service bus will not operate along Sunnybank and Glaitness Road, instead traveling via Pickaquoy Road, Junction Road, Wellington Street / High Street and re-joining the route at Glaitness Road / Old Scapa Road.

All services - Also from Monday 12 September, there will be short road closures for manhole repairs in the area of West Tankerness Lane, West Castle Street and Junction Road, with short diversions for buses near the Kirkwall Travel Centre.

For more information, contact Stagecoach directly, 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.

From July 1 2022, there will be new evening bus routes. 

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 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.

The Hoy and Walls Low Carbon Community Bus

A regular weekday public bus service meeting most ferries from Houton.  Travelling between Lyness Ferry terminal and Longhope Village.  Sunday service extending to Moaness Ferry and a summer service also runs to the Hoy Kirk on Wednesdays.  For further information please contact office: 01856 701 356 or Mobile: 07833 777760 Email: iohdt@gmail.com or visit www.hoyorkney.com.

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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