Westray Development TrustNews

OIC announces new reduced ferry fares

Following a funding boost from the Scottish Government, from 14th June 2021 passengers on Orkney Ferries will see standard fares reduced by 38%.

  • Outer North Isles car fare will reduce from the current £20.90 down to £12.96
  • Outer North Isles adult passenger fare will reduce from the current £8.85 down to £5.49

The new fare structure includes a concessionary rate of 25% for elderly and disabled on top of the 38% reduction in the normal base rate (so, a 7% reduction on current fares), and a 50% discount for juniors – also on top of the 38% discount. Children aged 0-5 years of age will remain free of charge.

The minimum age to access elderly concessionary fares will move from 60 to 65, in line with the local concessionary travel scheme, to be phased in over the next 5 years – those aged over 60 now will continue to be eligible for the discount.

Young people attending full-time education and students with a Young Scot Card or valid full-time student card will be eligible for a 50% discount on top of the new lower fares.

The 50-ticket pre-paid ticket books will remain at their current price but the expiry date will reduce from 500 days to 365 days.

Orkney Ferries will be automatically refunding an tickets already paid for for journeys after 14th June, they have advised travellers that this will take them time due to the volume of refunds required. However if you have not received a refund within 90 days of the new fares please contact Orkney Ferries.

Having requested on behalf of the Westray community before that Orkney Islands Council review its ferry fare structure Westray Development Trust welcomes this new development and the reduction in standard fares which will benefit island residents.

Source: https://www.orkney.gov.uk/OIC-News/New-fairer-ferry-fares-structure-agreed.htm?fbclid=IwAR3XrhF6_CzHKyLfReBsiZrPABiFImiCrOartZoV8uoLRtcBoD0akl95Y28