With its own international airport and centrally located train station, getting in and around Aberdeen is easy with the help of our guide.
Getting around Aberdeen
If you’re flying into the area, you’ll be happy to hear that Aberdeen has its very own airport in the form of Aberdeen International Airport. Serving over three million passengers each year, flights are operated by easyJet, Flybe and Ryanair, with domestic flights to London, Manchester and Kirkwall, as well as international services to Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen.
The airport is located less than seven miles from Aberdeen city centre, with the journey taking just 25 minutes by car via the A96. There’s a Comcab taxi rank outside the front of the terminal, with pre-booked services available from the Comcab booking office near the main entrance. If you prefer to hire a car, there is a selection of on-site rental operators to choose from, including Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise, which can be found across the covered walkway from the main terminal.
Various bus services operate from Aberdeen International Airport to the city. The Jet Service 727 from Stagecoach Bluebird runs every 10 minutes on a weekday and every 20 minutes at weekends – departing from outside the terminal building to the Union Square bus station. There’s also the Service 16 from First Bus, which runs every day to Guild Street. Alternatively, you can get a quick two-mile taxi journey to Dyce train station and then make the ten-minute journey to Aberdeen train station in the city centre.
If you want to get some well-earned rest before or after your flight, you can always book into our handily located Aberdeen Airport (Dyce) hotel.
Whether you’re wanting to hop over to Glasgow, travel south to England or Wales or simply explore all the corners of the city, the Aberdeen Bus Station is a centrally located travel hub. Found on Guild Street in Union Square – less than a 10-minute walk from the city centre – both bus and coach services depart from here, with operators including Megabus, National Express and Distribution.
Facilities at Aberdeen Bus Station include a waiting room, with an ATM, kiosk, coffee bar and fast-food dining options all close by. The Union Square Shopping Centre is also right next door, meaning you won’t have to haul your shopping bags far if you’re travelling back to one of our hotels in Aberdeen.
Also near to Union Square is the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal. Northlink Ferries offer daily services from here to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands, as well as four weekly services to Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands. While amenities in the ferry terminal are limited, visitors will find a ticket office, toilet facilities, a convenience store and a coffee shop where they can refuel before departure. There is a drop-off point outside the main entrance, but no car park at the terminal. If you’re travelling here by car, you can take advantage of the nearby car park at Commercial Quay, which is operated by Aberdeen Harbour Board and allows a maximum stay of 72 hours, as well as the Union Square car park, which is only three minutes away.
The only train station in the city, Aberdeen Railway Station is centrally located on Guild Street. It is one of the busiest train stations in Scotland, with operators including ScotRail, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains East Coast. Journeys to Glasgow take less than three hours, with fast trains arriving in London from Aberdeen in around seven hours. You can make use of the station’s free Wi-Fi, with other facilities including ATMs, a first-class lounge, a WHSmith, Pumpkin Café and Hero’s Bar.