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Travelling to and from Aberdeen

Reflecting its status as Scotland's third largest city and the oil capital of Europe, Aberdeen is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

Travelling by Car or Motorcycle

Aberdeen can be reached from the north or the south by the A90, which runs from Fraserburgh to Edinburgh, and passes through the heart of Aberdeen City. The A96 connects Aberdeen to Inverness, in the north west of the country, as well as to a number of villages and towns in between. Visitors will be guided by signs to the city centre, where there is a good supply of pay-and-display parking.

Travelling by Bus

A number of bus companies operate services to and from Aberdeen from all parts of the UK. Aberdeen Bus Station is located on Guild Street, within easy walking distance of the main shopping and leisure areas of the City. The bus station lies adjacent to Aberdeen Railway Station, where taxis and minicabs are available for onward connections. Local buses also run along Union Street and the majority run on a ten to fifteen minute frequency.

There is also a real time bus web-site available here: Real Time Travel

Travelling by Rail

Aberdeen has two railway stations, one in the city centre and one at Dyce, 5 miles from the centre. Trains travel to and from Aberdeen from a range of destinations throughout the UK, with 19 trains a day to Edinburgh, 16 to Glasgow and 3 to London. For information on both these stations (timetables, destinations, live arrival and departure information, station facilities, etc.), follow the links below.

Travelling by Bicycle

The National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1 connects Aberdeen to Ellon, Peterhead and Fraserburgh in the north and to Stonehaven in the south. The route incorporates Aberdeen Airport, Old Aberdeen, the rivers Don and Dee, the city centre and the coastline. Links have also been made from the NCN to Duthie Park and the Old Deeside Railway Line – where visitors can see the winter gardens, as well as travel along Queen Victoria's route to Balmoral passing various attractions such as Drum and Crathes Castle.

Travelling by Air

Aberdeen Airport is one of the largest and fastest growing airports in Scotland, serving around 35 destinations worldwide. The airport is located in Dyce, five miles from the city centre, and is accessible from the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road by taxi or car. Taxis and minicabs are available from the terminal forecourt, whilst short and long stay parking is available at the airport. First Bus also operate a service from Dyce Station to the airport if arriving by train. A number of bus services also serve the airport:

  • First Bus No. 27 (weekdays only)
  • Stagecoach No. 10 (Aberdeen to Inverness)
  • Stagecoach No. 307 (Aberdeen to Inverurie)
  • Stagecoach No. 727 (Airport to Union Square)
  • Stagecoach No. 737 (Aberdeen to Inverurie)
  • Stagecoach No. 220 (Aberdeen to Alford)

All services pass through the city centre, with Stagecoach services terminating at Aberdeen Bus Station on Guild Street, a five minute walk from the city's main retail and leisure areas. Routes, timetables and any other information on these services can be obtained by clicking on the links below.

Travelling by Sea

As the principal sea port of the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen is served by Northlink Ferries, which run to and from Lerwick, the main port of the Shetland Isles, and Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkneys. Aberdeen's ferry terminal is located on Regent Road, a short walk from the city centre and from the bus and railway stations on Guild Street, where onward connections and taxis are available.