Travelling to Aberdeen

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The University is located within a city at the heart of a diverse and thriving regional economy. Aberdeen’s pivotal role in the international oil and gas industry means that it enjoys excellent communications and travel links.

By Air

Aberdeen's international airport is served by a number of major carriers, providing an extensive network of routes throughout the UK, direct to Europe and worldwide through major hubs. British and Irish destinations include three London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton - just over an hour's flight time at fares from £50 return), Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Durham Tees Valley, Exeter, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, East Midlands, Southampton, as well as the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Other destinations include Amsterdam, Bergen, Brussels, Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Faro Islands, Oslo, Paris, Stavanger and Tenerife. There is a frequent bus link to the city centre, and taxis from the airport to the University cost around £15.

By Coach

First-class roads south to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and onwards, carry fast coach services linking Aberdeen with the UK's major cities. Competitive return fares, using Travelcard schemes, make coach travel popular with students. The earlier you book your travel, the cheaper the prices, for example:

  • Birmingham: £20.90
  • Manchester: £20.90
  • Cardiff: £70.70
  • Edinburgh: £3.80
  • Glasgow: £3.80
  • Inverness: £3.80
  • London: £20.90

Sample fares taken from Megabus, Citylink and National Express and are correct as at February 2012.

NUS Extra travelcards cost around £11.00. Taxis from the coach station to the University cost around £7.00.

By Train

Rail services connect Aberdeen both north and south. There are regular direct trains to London, and services from Edinburgh and Glasgow link with other mainline routes. Inverness, the scenic West Coast and Highlands are reached northwards. Sample return fares using a 16-25 Rail Card, excluding Friday travel are:

  • Birmingham: £85.45
  • Manchester: £68.60
  • Cardiff: £115.50
  • Edinburgh: £38.85
  • Glasgow: £34.70
  • Inverness: £25.40
  • London: £86.25

16-25 Rail Cards cost £28.00. Taxis from the railway station to the University cost around £7.00. Sample travel fares quoted are correct as at February 2012.

By Car

Entering the city from the south or west, follow signs for the A90 (Fraserburgh and Peterhead). This leads round the ring road (Anderson Drive). Exiting from a roundabout (signed Old Aberdeen) onto Cairncry Road, continue to follow the A90 signs through two further roundabouts onto St. Machar Drive. After a third roundabout, the road bisects Old Aberdeen and local signs will direct you to University sites. From the north, Old Aberdeen is signposted on the A96 (from Dyce and Inverness) and on the A90 (from Peterhead).

Postcode: AB24 3FX

GPS: Lat: 57:09:54N (57.16501), Lon:2:05:57W (-2.09912)

Grid Ref: NJ941 082

By Local Bus

City Centre to Old Aberdeen Campus

The number 20, from Littlejohn Street, next to Marischal College, links the city centre with the main Old Aberdeen campus, and the Hillhead Halls of Residence. The number 19, from Broad Street, opposite Marischal College, passes to the west of the University along Bedford Road. From Union Street, the city's main thoroughfare, the numbers 1, 2 and 13 (daytime only) travel east along King Street and pass the University. Alight just after the King's playing fields on your left. First Aberdeen buses require exact fare, so have 10p and 5p coins ready. Additional payment options can be found on the First Aberdeen Tickets web page.

Nearest Stops to Old Aberdeen Campus

  • Old Aberdeen (bus no. 20)
  • St Machar Drive (bus no. 6)
  • Bedford Road (bus no. 19)
  • King Street (bus no. 1, 2 and 13)

You can also use the Stagecoach Buchan link service from the Adelphi stop on the western end of Union Street. This goes up King Street past the University.

City Centre to Foresterhill Campus

From the city centre, the number 5/5A, from Union Street (just east of Back Wynd) will take you to Cornhill Road at Foresterhill, using the First Aberdeen ‘Lime Green route’. Alternatively, the 3/3A or Stagecoach number 59 will take you to the main entrance of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Foresterhill Road.