Aberdeen
Lerwick
Ferry to Shetland Islands
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Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry

The Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry route is provided by 1 operator and is available for booking all year round. The ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick takes approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes on ferries servicing this route. Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry duration can range between 12 hours 30 minutes and 13 hours depending on the operator that you decide to travel with.

Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry Schedules


There are around 7 ferry weekly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick. Northlink Ferries provide up to 7 sailings per week. Ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Aberdeen - Lerwick Route summary
Geo RouteUK - UK
OperatorsNorthlink Ferries
Average Price£186*
Average Daily Sailings1
Average Weekly Sailings7
Average Sailing Duration13h 21m
Fastest Sailing Duration12h 30m
Distance189.6 nautical miles


The first ferry leaves at approximately 17:00 and the last ferry leaves at approximately 19:00. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.


Aberdeen to Lerwick High Speed Ferry


The fastest ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick is with Northlink Ferries.

Can I reserve a cabin on the ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick?


You can book cabins on ferries that sail from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry Price


The price of a ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick can vary between £66 and £441 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is £132, prices can range from £66 and £165. The average price with a car is £399. Car prices can range from £333 and £516. Prices may vary for other vehicle types. All ferry prices can change from season to season.

Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days.


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Find cheap ferry tickets using our deal finder. It is suggested to book in advance to ensure yourself the best possible prices and availability on the Aberdeen Lerwick ferry.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Scotland to Shetland Islands page.
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Aberdeen - Lerwick Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Northlink Ferries
Average Price £287*
Average Weekly Sailings 6
Average Sailing Duration 13h 32m
Fastest Sailing Duration 12h 30m
First Ferry 17:00
Last Ferry 19:00
Distance 189 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-07-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick?

The ferry crossing time from Aberdeen to Lerwick is approximately 12h 30m. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.

Which ferry companies operate between Aberdeen to Lerwick?

There is 1 ferry operator for Aberdeen to Lerwick and this is
  • Northlink Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Aberdeen to Lerwick?

Book ferries from Aberdeen to Lerwick through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.

Aberdeen Guide

The Granite City, as Aberdeen is sometimes called is located in the north east of Scotland, and is Scotland's third most populous city. The city's two universities help to make the city a lively place to spend time. The city also plays an important role in the North Sea oil industry with the city's heliport being one of the busiest in the world.

Aberdeen has a long sandy beach located between the River Dee and the River Don. To the south of the River Dee there are steep rocky cliff faces with pebbly beaches and deep inlets. The area is good for rock climbing and a result of some of the granite outcrops having been quarried in the past.

The city's harbour started out as a fishing port and then moved on to steam trawlers and the oil industry. it is now a major port of departure for the Baltic and Scandinavia with major exports including fertiliser, granite, and chemicals.


Lerwick Guide

Lerwick is a town and port, and capital, of the Shetland Islands which are located roughly 160 km off the north coast of Scotland, 340 km to the north of the city of Aberdeen and 370 km to the west of Bergen in Norway. The town takes its name from the Old Norse and its descendent, Norn, which was spoken in Shetland until the middle of the 19th century and means 'bay of clay'. The Norwegian name for the town is Leirvik with 'leir' meaning clay and 'vik' meaning bay or inlet. There are other towns in western Norway with similar names.

The town's port is a busy fishing and ferry port that also services that support the offshore oil industry. There is an overnight passenger ferry service to Aberdeen, that calls at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. Also, the Shetlands Islands Council operate a ferry service to Out Skerries and Bressay from a terminal in the centre of town.


Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 08/07/2024 and 14/07/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Northlink Ferries 17:00 07:30 14 hours 30 minutes Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Northlink Ferries 19:00 07:30 12 hours 30 minutes Tue, Thu, Sat
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