Aberdeen Travel Information
Aberdeen is one of the largest cities in Northern Scotland and is the perfect hub for tours throughout the Highlands. Although the city is most known for its links to the oil and gas industry, it also has a vibrant nightlife and extensive shopping areas, as well as some fascinating history in the old part of the town, such as Aberdeen University which dates back to 1495. Aberdeen beach offers panoramic outlooks and the North Sea is home to many species of dolphins and seals, while ferry travel to Orkney and the Shetlands is easy from the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal.
Both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire can be easily explored by most modes of transport, with public buses and rail links operating throughout the area. The city is well catered to accept visitors by car, with good road links between Glasgow and Edinburgh taking around 3 hours to drive. Transport within the city is cheap and simple to use via the regular bus services, and there are plenty of easy-access railway stations in addition to the taxi services that are readily available. It is best to use one of these modes of public transport to make your way to Royal Deeside or to the coast.
Aberdeen train station is ideally located in the city centre and the extensive ScotRail network will take you to all major destinations within Scotland. Edinburgh and Inverness take approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, while Glasgow takes around 3 hours 10 minutes, and all routes will give you spectacular views of the east coast as you make your way into the city. The train fares frequently include 2-for-1 offers for Aberdeen’s major tourist attractions, so taking the train could even save you money!
First Group, is an international rail and bus company which has its headquarters in Aberdeen, and it operates a high-frequency network of services across the city. If you want to explore the surrounding countryside then Stagecoach Bluebird’s buses link the towns and villages in Aberdeenshire.
Discounted journeys are possible by using the Grasshopper passes that are available in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Stagecoach and FirstBus, although the pass is best used when hopping on and off the bus within a zone, and single destination tickets may sometimes be a cheaper option. See information on travelling within the Grasshopper zones here.
Aberdeen is well served by the Aberdeen International Airport at Dyce which has frequent bus and taxi links to take you into the city centre or anywhere else, although the road network around Aberdeen is often extremely congested so your journey will undoubtedly take longer at peak times. Please view the Aberdeen Airport website for details of flight times and facilities.
Northlink Ferries have a terminal at Jamieson’s Quay that is ideal for an adventure to the north Scottish islands, with frequent routes to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Kirkwall on Orkney island. The terminal is centrally located in Aberdeen and passengers can either travel on foot or with their car to the northern islands.
There are many taxi firms in Aberdeen that will transport you around the city, and most taxis can either be booked online or hailed from the roadside. Please view the Aberdeen Taxi Number website for a list of taxi firms and phone numbers.
Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he’s knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.