Arrival and Local Travel

Aberdeen Dyce Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the town centre and well connected with the main airports of Europe and the UK. Information on getting to and from the airport.

For train routes, timetables and prices please visit the National Railwebsite. If you are arriving at Aberdeen Train Station, you may wish to take a taxi to your accommodation.

Taxis can be ordered from:

  • Rainbow/Bucksburn Taxis      01224 878787
  • Comcabs                              01224 353535
  • Central Taxis                        01224 898989

It might be worthwhile checking with your hotel because some hotels offer a shuttle bus service to and from the airport for free, or for a fee.

TAXIS - Taxis are available from outside the front of the terminal of Aberdeen Airport from the airport taxi operator, Comcab. Turn left for the taxi rank where a taxi marshaller will assist. Pre-booked Comcab taxis are arranged by the Comcab booking office accessed by turning right from the main entrance. All taxi fares are metered. Many vehicles are fitted with Chip & PIN payment terminals (a transaction charge applies).  In light traffic a journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes and costs about £15.  Fares and journey times will be greater when traffic is heavy. Please refer to the Approximate Charges board within the taxi shelter for more information. 

For further taxi information, please contact ComCab Tel: +44 (0)1224 353 535 Tel: +44 (0)1224 775 555 (dedicated airport line) Fax: +44 (0)1224 794 446 Email: supervisor@comcab-aberdeen.co.uk Website: comcab-aberdeen.co.uk

BUSES - A bus journey to the centre of Aberdeen takes about 30 minutes in average traffic, longer at peak times.  Buses to Aberdeen and local services stop directly outside Aberdeen Airport. The bus stop is signposted from Aberdeen Airport terminal.

Jet Service 727 would be the best bus service from Aberdeen Airport terminal, direct to Aberdeen Union Square bus station as it departs from right outside the terminal building from a dedicated shelter on your right as you exit the terminal. It has leather seats, free wi-fi and USB charging available onboard. You can also track this bus to find out exactly when it will arrive using the free Stagecoach app available from the App Store and Google Play.  The service runs on a 10 minute frequency throughout the day Monday - Friday and up to every 20 minutes at the weekend. Running 7 days a week the service starts at 03:30 Monday - Saturday and 05:00 on Sunday. The last bus leaves the airport at 00:00 from Monday to Saturday, and 23:00 on Sundays. Fares: Jet 727 dayrider: £3.00 (valid for unlimited travel on service 727 all day)  Aberdeen zone 1: £3.20 single, £4.80 period return. Find out more information on the Jet Service including timetables.

TRAINS - Nearest rail station - Dyce, about ten minutes away from the airport by bus or taxi (single train ticket costs GBP Sterling £2.20 one way) too far to walk.  Book train tickets in advance and save on average 43% by clicking the Trainline link. 

Aberdeen City Centre to Old Aberdeen Campus By Local Bus 

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 and 2 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 and night service information can be found here.

Nearest Stops to Old Aberdeen Campus (map of the Campus)

  • Old Aberdeen (bus no. 20)
  • Bedford Road (bus no. 19)
  • King Street (bus no. 1 and 2)

There is also the Stagecoach Buchan linkservice from the Adelphi stop on the western end of Union Street. This goes up King Street past the University.

Free Wifi: Use Aberdeen-city-connect  

You will need to register to access this free service. Simply go to the wifi settings on your device and scan for the Aberdeen-city-connect network. Complete the registration process using Facebook, Twitter or Google Accounts. If you don't use any of these there is a simple form to complete. Once registered your device will pick up the network when you visit any of the locations where Aberdeen-city-connect is available within the city, including the University of Aberdeen buildings (not Halls), Robert Gordon University buildings, Aberdeen Sports Village, and Marischal College. You may need to reconnect your device to Aberdeen-city-connect on a daily basis.

Of course, you may already have a connection to an existing eduroam institution. Audio Visual staff will also be on hand to assist with wifi connection.

Old Aberdeen's architectural 'gems' showcased in new app 

Old Aberdeen is often seen as the city's hidden gem but now its highlights will be brought to life through a new app developed by the University of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City

Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and Europe’s energy capital - a place with historic charm, a thriving economy and cosmopolitan community of some 220,000 people.

It is rich in history from its maritime past of boat building and fishing industries, nowadays modernised with the growth of the Oil and Gas industries. From the Art Galleries, Museums, Theatres and shopping venues, you will find something to suit everyone in this diverse multi-national City.

A coastline of spectacular beaches and dunes stretch north of the city, while to the west lies nearby Royal Deeside, home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and the eastern gateway to the mountainous Cairngorms National Park.

Aberdeen caters for all cultural, leisure and entertainment tastes

regularly attract national and international artists and companies. The city also boasts three cinema multiplexes, a Maritime Museum and first-class sports facilities.

Footdee and Aberdeen Beach – Footdee (pronounced ‘Fittee’) is a charming former fishing village located at the mouth of Aberdeen’s harbour.  Watch the ships go in and out of the harbour and, if you’re lucky, spot some dolphins.  Footdee is also located at the south end of Aberdeen Beach.

For other ideas, visit: http://www.visitaberdeen.com

Aberdeen is the educational centre for the north-east. The University of Aberdeen has been at the forefront of teaching and learning since 1495. Committed to excellence it is the 'global university of the north'.

Weather

Scotland's position on the edge of the European continent with sea on three sides means that the weather is very varied! In August the weather is normally dry and sunny, but it can be unpredictable.

The average high temperature is 17ºC, with the average low temperature being 11ºC.  For more information please visit the Metoffice or the BBC Weather forecast.

Eating Out in Aberdeen

As with other cities, Aberdeen has a wide range of eateries catering for most tastes! You can get links to a range of restaurants from http://www.webcafe.co.uk/most of which provide a sample menu and an indication of price.

Currency and Banks

The official currency of UK is £ sterling. Commonly accepted credit cards are Visa, and Mastercard. Display signs are usually visible in all restaurants and shops indicating which cards they accept.

Travellers' cheques can be cashed at most banks. Most banks are closed on Saturdays and all day Sunday. There are foreign exchange booths at all major airports and in Aberdeen city centre. There is an ATM on campus, located on Elphinstone Road. There is a full range of Banks in Aberdeen city centre.

Extending your Visit

If you are keen to stay longer either in the local area, or visiting the rest of Scotland, you can find information at: