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Getting Around Aberdeen

By Bus

City residents are asked to use buses where possible and details of revised routes and stops, along with times and fares are available from First Aberdeen and Stagecoach North Scotland.

Use Park & Ride services in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire rather than drive into the city centre as road closures and parking restrictions within the city centre are likely to cause congestion at peak periods.

In Aberdeen, they include Kingswells and Bridge of Don and, in Aberdeenshire, there is one at Ellon. In addition, the parking at Woodhill House on Westburn Road is to be open and free every Saturday and Sunday in December to allow shoppers to access the buses on Westburn Road.

Aberdeenshire residents, and for people coming into the city centre from further afield, are encouraged to use train or bus services. Information on train and bus routes, timetables and fares are available from Traveline Scotland or 0871 200 22 33. The main train companies are ScotRail and Virgin East Coast, and the main bus companies are Stagecoach North Scotland and Megabus UK.

By Car

People driving into the city are asked to use car parks – both public and private – in the side of the city they arrive in.

From the South

Drivers coming from the south are asked to use – as much as practically possible – public and private car parks on the south side of the city centre, such as College Street Car Park or Union Square Shopping Centre.

From the North

Drivers coming in from the north of the city or from the A96 Inverness/Elgin road are asked to use car parks in the north of the city centre such as East North Street or the Bon Accord Shopping Centre.

From the West

Drivers coming in from the west can use Chapel Street or Denburn Car Parks. The purpose of these requests is to try and reduce the amount of traffic crossing through the city centre, particularly at peak times and at weekends.

Drivers are also asked to make more use of Frederick Street and the part-time Marischal Street car parks. More information can be found on the Car Parks and Parking Charges page or view other Winter Festival Car Parks and Bus Stops.

The five disabled car park spaces on Union Terrace are to be moved and an extra one created:

  • two on Diamond Street;
  • two on Skene Terrace; and
  • two on Rosemount Viaduct outside nos 41 to 45.

In addition, five disabled car parking spaces created on the inset road at Schoolhill outside Robert Gordon's College are to continue for the festive season. The existing disabled bays on Back Wynd and Little Belmont Street will also be operational