University of Aberdeen

Directions, Transport and Travel To and From Aberdeen University
(Aberdeen, Scotland)

Four major roads lead into the city from other parts of Scotland. The A90, running south, links Aberdeen to Edinburgh, Dundee, and Perth, while Elgin and Inverness connect to the city via the A96 in the northwest. The A93 enters the city from the Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms in the west, and the A92 is a primary tourist route connecting east coast towns such as Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin.

Travel by Air

Most international students and visitors arrive at Aberdeen International Airport, 11 km / 7 miles northwest of the city centre. Flights from several European destinations arrive regularly, including flights from Scandinavian cities such as Bergen, Copenhagen, Esbjerg and Stavangar. Aberdeen Airport, located in nearby Dyce, serves both passenger and freight services and is the largest helicopter terminal in the world.

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Car Hire and Road Travel

Aberdeen is easily navigated by car and within its surroundings are some great day trips. The nearby Grampian Mountains boast many historical castles which all are accessible by road.

Aberdeen has a number of hire firms so you can arrange car hire once you arrive. To make sure the most suitable car is available by the time you arrive it is best to book a hire car in advance online. There are several well established international companies offering the best online hire deals.

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Car Parking

Aberdeen has several car parking facilities within or near the city centre. Some good car parks are the Aberdeen Airpark in Cairn Industrial Park, National Car Parks in Shiprow, and Central Parking Systems on George Street.

Travel by Trains and Rail

The national railway network is a convenient way to get to the city. Rail services regularly link Aberdeen to major Scottish cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as long-distance lines from London. The airport in Dyce is also conveniently connected by rail to the city centre. Trams used to operate in the city, but they have been out of use since the late 1950s.

Travel by Buses and Coachl

Several bus lines connect the airport to the city centre, mostly operated by First Group and the Stagecoach Group.

Travel by Ferry

Aberdeen's port is the main commercial harbour of northeastern Scotland, and receives millions of tonnes of cargo from thousands of visiting ships every year.

While Aberdeen's port has enough amenities for passengers such as a supermarket and a coffee shop, it is still a cargo port and is therefore not as passenger-friendly as other ports. The port is connected to major roads and rails. However, disabled travellers and those with special requirements are advised to call Northlink Ferries at +44 1224 589111for more information before their arrival.

Northlink Ferries sails to Lerwick, Shetland Islands every week and crosses to Kirkwall three times week. The ferries are very comfortable - there are restaurants, lounge areas, play areas, and en-suite cabins.

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Travel by Taxi

Taxis in Aberdeen can be found on the side streets, most commonly just off Union Street and Chapel Street, and in Back Wynd near the main shopping area.

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