Shetland by air

There are two main routes when travelling to Shetland by air through Loganair, with flights arriving at Sumburgh airport. The airport is approximately 40 minutes drive from Lerwick and is serviced by an airport bus.

There are several local car rental companies listed below, which will maximise your experience when visiting Shetland and advisable to visit further a field locations.


Car Hire

Bolts Car HireBased in Lerwick Bolts rent a wide range of vehicles to get a quote:Telephone: +44 (01595) 69 3636Fax: +44 (01595) 69 4646Email: [email protected]

Star rent a car A friendly hire car company who are agents for many world-wide companies including Europcar.Telephone: +44 (01595) 69 2075Fax: +44 (01595) 693964Email: [email protected]

Shetland by sea

An alternative popular route is travel by Northlink ferry, which will allow visitor to bring their own transport. The overnight crossing departs Aberdeen harbour in the early evening, arriving the following morning. A cabin is advisable with some including wi-fi and satellite tv channels, furthermore there is a small gift shop, cinema, cafeteria and bar on board the ship.

If you would like to see the main deck areas onboard please click on this link to watch a 360 video on YouTube.


Airport Bus

J & D S Halcrow are the operator of buses, coaches and private hire. They operate a regular service to many routes including the Airport route from Sumburgh to Lerwick.The Sumburgh to Lerwick timetable can be viewed here. Alternatively they can be contacted using the information below:Telephone: +44 (01950) 477 384

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