Aberdeen Transport Guide

Published on 26th May 2016

Aberdeen airport alone serves more than three million travelers per year, with buses running 7 days a week and over 6 million trains entering and exiting the station per year. With the addition of taxis, there are multiple transport options in and around Aberdeen. Unlike many major cities, Aberdeen doesn’t have an underground rail system, so you can take in the sights no matter how you decide to travel.

Hop on a bus

The Aberdeen local bus service is run by First Bus, the largest bus operator in Scotland. If you opt for bus travel, especially where time is tight, we would suggest mapping out journeys beforehand and always checking the timetables available on the First Bus website. Here you can also purchase day tickets and week tickets, but tickets for a one-off journey or a day ticket can be purchased on the bus, just make sure you have the correct change. Another handy tool for time-sensitive situations is the real time bus tracker, showing you exactly when your bus is due.

Hail a cab

Whilst taxis in Aberdeen are said to be the most expensive in Scotland, they are by far the most efficient way to travel for short distances. So if you’re running late for a meeting, cabs are the way to go!

Jump on a train

Trains in and around Aberdeen tend to be used for longer journeys, with ScotRail operating services from Aberdeen to Dyce and Inverurie in the north, and to Portlethen and Stonehaven in the south. However, if you do travel to Aberdeen by train purchasing a ‘Plusbus’ day ticket alongside your train ticket allows local bus travel at a fraction of the price of your normal day ticket.

Whether travelling on business or leisure, make the most of your time in Aberdeen. From attractions to some of the city’s top bars and restaurants, have a look at our recent post Discover Aberdeen. What’s more, with our centrally located apartments in City North and Holburn Street, the best the city has to offer is right on your doorstep.