Travel

Shetland – 100 scattered islands lying at the crossroads of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean – one of the remotest parts of Britain, yet easily accessible. Travelling around the islands is easy too, with inter-island flight and ferry services to the smaller isles, good vehicle hire and public transport services, and a first-class road network to help you make the most of your visit and sample as much as you can of what Shetland has to offer.

How to get here

NorthLink ferry leaving Lerwick harbour. Zoom NorthLink ferry leaving Lerwick harbour. Getting to Shetland is easy from the British mainland. The NorthLink ferries Hjaltland and Hrossey sail overnight, every night, from Aberdeen to Lerwick. The ferry terminal at Holmsgarth, in the north part of Lerwick’s busy harbour, is a 15-minute walk from the town centre. The harbour, managed by Lerwick Port Authority, is Britain's ‘top’ port and the hub of shipping links between the UK, northern Europe and Scandinavia.

A busy day at Sumburgh airport. Zoom A busy day at Sumburgh airport. Sumburgh Airport, the main arrival point for flights into Shetland from the Scottish mainland, sits at the southern tip of the islands, 25 miles from Lerwick. Flights from Scottish airports, with connections further afield, are operated frequently by Loganair while Flybe also offer a service to Shetland. During the summer, some direct flights to and from Bergen in Norway are also available.

Self-drive vehicles and taxis are available from the airport terminal. A service bus goes via the airport but doesn’t meet specific flights, so check times beforehand. During the summer months there are flights to and from Bergen in Norway.

How to get around

Inter-island ferries sail to the smaller isles. Zoom Inter-island ferries sail to the smaller isles. Getting around in the islands is easy too. Take your own transport and explore about 640 miles of good roads at your leisure, or, if you need to hire a vehicle, good car rental facilities (and cycle hire) are available. 

Inter-island ro-ro ferries connect the smaller isles to the Shetland mainland, allowing you to take your vehicle wherever you go.

The Islander plane that connects the outer isles. Zoom The Islander plane that connects the outer isles. The smaller outer isles are also served by an 8-seat Islander plane from Tingwall airport.

A 24-hour taxi rank is situated at Victoria Pier in the town centre.

Comprehensive travel information, timetables and contact details can be found at travel.shetland.org.

Contact Information

Ferries:

Serco NorthLink Ferries

0845 6000 449

www.northlinkferries.co.uk

Flights:

Loganair

0344 800 2855

www.loganair.co.uk 

Flybe

0371 700 2000

www.flybe.com

Inter-island flights:

Airtask Group (Directflight)

01595 840246

www.airtask.com/shetland-islands-inter-island-service

Inter-island ferries:

Timetables and general information:

www.shetland.gov.uk/ferries

Telephone bookings:

Unst: 01595 745804

Yell: 01595 745804

Fetlar: 01595 745804

Whalsay: 01595 745804

Skerries: 01595 745804

Papa Stour: 01595 745804

Fair Isle: 01595 760363

Foula: 01595 840208

Bressay: booking not required

Public transport:

Timetables and general information online at travel.shetland.org