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 by road works. Please see services affected listed by date below. This information may change at short notice - please check back regularly.
Currently bus services may experience slight delays due to roadworks in Finstown on the main A965 Stromness to Kirkwall road, where traffic is down to one lane only. Road works are expected to continue into mid-February 2023.
24 - 26 January - the X1 (St Margarets Hope-Kirkwall-Stromness) may experience slight delays due to road works on the first Churchill Barrier. More information here.
For more information, contact Stagecoach directly on tel 01856 870555, download the Stagecoach app, and follow Stagecoach Highland on Twitter @StagecoachHLand
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From July 1 2022, there will be new evening bus routes.
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.
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.
A regular weekday public bus service meeting most ferries from Houton - travelling between Lyness Ferry terminal and Longhope Village, with a Sunday service extending to Moaness Ferry. For further information please contact office: 01856 701 356 or Mobile: 07833 777760 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hoyorkney.com.
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 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.