Aberdeen is one of the best-connected cities in Britain, thanks to Aberdeen Airport. Only 7 miles from the city centre, there are daily flights to and from 16 British airports, including Birmingham, Manchester, East Midlands, London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Luton, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle and Norwich. Flight times vary between less than an hour and up to 1 hour 45 minutes. Aberdeen also has plenty of international links, including Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. Low cost fares are available from airlines such as British Airways, BMI, Ryanair and easyJet. Booking well in advance with easyJet, for example, will get you a single fare as low as £7 before tax! For the traditional airlines, return fares found on the internet start at around £65 including tax from the main London airports. Visit www.baa.co.uk to get further details and information on flights from Aberdeen.
Aberdeen is on the East Coast Main Line and is served directly by GNER, Virgin and ScotRail. The main station is centrally located and adjoins the main bus terminus. The journey time from London King's Cross is around 7 hours, and a Saver Return with a Railcard costs about £66, only a few pounds more than to Edinburgh. For a refreshing change, try the Caledonian Sleeper service from London Euston: a standard open return fare for an airline-style reclining seat starts at about £63 and a two-berth cabin costs from £140. For more information about train services to Aberdeen, try www.nationalrail.co.uk (or click here for information about Sleeper services).
You can reach central Aberdeen by inter-city coach service. For example: from London using National Express, £40 open return with a student card, about 12 hours' journey time; Manchester £35 economy return with a student card, about 8 hours' journey time; and Newcastle £31 open return with a student card, 7.5 hours with a change in Glasgow.
You could also use Megabus for as little as £1 from major British cities!
With excellent road links to the rest of the UK, Aberdeen is easy to get to by car, with the added bonus of journey flexibility, allowing you to enjoy some of Scotland's fabulous scenery. For more information about planning your journey, visit the websites of the AA or RAC.
For a wide range of UK Public Transport Information on the internet, try www.traveline.org.uk.