Students in Old AberdeenThe university’s various locations are within easy walking distance of each other, as indicted in the table below. These times will be dependent on the speed at which you walk and on other conditions such as traffic, road crossings, weather etc. These times are based on an average walking speed which is about 4 miles per hour.


Average Walking time

Old Aberdeen – Foresterhill

36 minutes

Old Aberdeen - Hillhead

16 minutes

Old Aberdeen – Marischal College

26 minutes

Foresterhill - Hillhead

47 minutes

Foresterhill – Marischal College

36 minutes

Marischal College - Hillhead

33 minutes


Putting bike in bike lockerThere are a range of facilities available to those with bicycles across the university's campus:


Old Aberdeen Campus


Cycle Parking

There is capacity to park almost 500 bicycles across the Old Aberdeen campus. Storage ranges from open air Sheffield stands to covered racks and secure lockers.

Cycle Lockers

Cycle lockers are available at various locations across the campus - there are currently 30 cycle lockers located at the rear of the MacRobert building and a further 20 lockers located near the Cruickshank and Zoology buildings.  You can request a locker by e-mailing: environment@abdn.ac.uk. To make use of a locker a returnable deposit of £60 is required. You will also require your own padlock for the locker.

View cycle facilities at Old Aberdeen


Foresterhill Campus


Cycle Parking

There is capacity to park over 100 bicycles at the Foresterhill campus. These include uncovered Sheffield stands, covered storage stands and secure lockers. Additional facilities are available in shared NHS Grampian storage areas.

Cycle Lockers

Cycle lockers are available at various locations on site - there are currently 72 cycle lockers which are located at the back of the Lillian Sutton Building, the front of the Polwarth Building and at the side of the IMS building.  You can request a locker by e-mailing: environment@abdn.ac.uk. To make use of a locker a returnable deposit of £60 is required. You will also require your own padlock for the locker.




Cycle Parking

Hillhead has bicycle storage capable of accommodating approximately 40 bicycles.

Public Transport


Aberdeen has two train stations, one situated on Guild Street in the city centre, which is in easy walking distance from Union Street, and one in Dyce on Station Road.

Both are operated by First Scotrail. These are served by commuter stations in Portlethen, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Inverurie and Huntly.

  • National Rail Enquiries - call 08457 454950
  • The National Rail website provides an up to date arrivals and departures board. Click herefor more information.
  • Remember, you'll get better deals on tickets by booking early and online.



Aberdeen has two main bus companies operating within the city, First Bus and Stagecoach-Bluebird. Both operators also offer a variety of different ticketing options for more frequent users. Check out the ticketing options to get the best deal.Number 20 bus


First Bus

Day tickets are available on First buses which are usually cheaper than two single fares.

First buses require the exact fare.

 For general enquiries please call First bus line 01224 650065 or click here for more information


Stagecoach Bluebird

Stagecoach buses offer single and return tickets.

If you would like to find out about a specific bus time or journey, then click here for more information

If you need to contact Stagecoach Bluebird for any other reason then you can contact the customer services section on:

Customer Servies, Stagecoach Bluebird, Guild Street Bus Station, Aberdeen, AB11 6GR. Or call them on (01224) 212266 or email at eastscotland@stagecoachbus.com

Car Sharing

Car sharing is an excellent way to share costs, cut stress, reduce pollution and prevent traffic congestion. Car sharing reduces fuel costs and cuts down on the wear and tear inflicted on your car by the daily commute. Even car-sharing once a week can dramatically reduce congestion and pollution.

What are the benefits of sharing a car?

  • Saves you money - travelling with others enables you to reduce your transport costs by up to £1000 a year. (www.liftshare.co.uk)


  • Reduces the number of cars on the roads - resulting in less congestion, less pollution and fewer parking problems.


  • Gives you more transport options.


  • Limits depreciation on your car.


How can I get involved?

The University of Aberdeen Car-share scheme is open to all staff and students of the University.  Joining the scheme is simple and completely FREE!  All that you have to do is register your details and you will be sent your password via email, and then you can start car sharing!

                                           Register here