Travel Information

Travel Information

With so many transport options, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire have never been easier to get to.

Aberdeen can be reached by road, rail, sea or sky and when you get here Aberdeenshire is easily accessible by public transport, taxi or car.

As the gateway to the Highlands, and only a 2.5 hours’ drive to Edinburgh or Glasgow, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are the perfect point to start your Scottish journey. 

Getting to Aberdeen

By Rail

Aberdeen’s railway station, right in the heart of the city, has frequent fast and reliable services to and from major cities. Travel on one of the hourly trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh or use the east coast line to travel from cities such as York or Newcastle.

Scotrail provides an express rail service direct to Aberdeen from many major cities. For timetables and to book your train tickets to Aberdeen visit the Scotrail website.

Aberdeen can also be reached overnight from London on the Caledonian Sleeper. Visit the Caledonian Sleeper website for more information about this service.

London North Eastern Railway run services along the East Coast Main Line and frequently run trains from cities such as Edinburgh, York, Newcastle and London further details can be found on their website London North Eastern Railway

National Rail offers rail services to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, perhaps when you get here you may wish to travel to towns including Dyce, Inverurie and Huntly, visit National Rail for further details.

By Air

Aberdeen International Airport is located just six miles from Aberdeen city centre and is within easy reach of Aberdeenshire. The region is well connected globally with daily flights to all major airports including all three London airports, Paris and Amsterdam. The international airport also has many direct routes to most UK cities as well as many key European destinations.   For further information about the destinations you can fly from to Aberdeen, or to book your flight, please visit the Aberdeen International Airport website.  

By Sea

Aberdeen Ferry Terminal is located at Jamieson's Quay directly across from the shopping centre, Union Square and the Aberdeen Railway Station.

The centrally located harbour is where ferries travel regularly to/from the Scottish Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

For more information about travelling from Orkney and Shetland and for ferry timetables please the visit North Link Ferries website. 

By Road

No matter where you start your journey in Scotland, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are simple to get to by car. Aberdeen is approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and less than a three hour drive from Inverness. Well sign-posted, the surrounding area of Aberdeenshire is within close proximity of Aberdeen with the towns and villages easy to get to by major country and main roads. For help with planning your journey to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire please visit Travel Line

Tourist Information

Both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire can be easily explored by most modes of transport with public buses operating throughout the area, railway stations dotted across the region and car hires readily available.

The area can also be explored by cycling or on foot. Aberdeen city is best explored by foot as key attractions are all within close proximity and this means you can get around quickly – if you do fancy cycling, you can cycle the Deeside or Donside cycle routes, which will offer you the chance to explore the region's magnificent heritage and stunning countryside views like no other. 

Make the most of your trip to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with VisitAberdeenshire's suggested itineraries, from the stunning Royal Deeside to the majestic Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail