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Scotland's third largest city boasts a well-developed transportation network and excellent transport links with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Public Transport in Aberdeen


Aberdeen railway station is easily accessible as it is located in the city centre, next to Union Square. Handling approximately 3.5 million passengers every year, this is the third busiest train station in Scotland and a major railway interchange station. Aberdeen station is served by Virgin Trains, Scot Rail and CrossCountry trains. Direct services are available between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling, Perth, Inverness, Carlisle, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, London (Euston and King's Cross) Bristol, Penzance, Plymouth, and Exeter.

There is a second railway station within Aberdeen's metropolitan area. Dyce station is 6 miles away from the city centre and is conveniently located for travellers who need to access the airport with public transport.


Aberdeen is served by an extensive network of city buses, which are run by three public transport operators: First, Bain's Coaches, and Stagecoach Bluebird. This link contains detailed information on the local city bus routes.

Night buses operate between midnight and 3.30 a.m. There are 10 bus lines that run through the night serving Aberdeen city centre, Danestone, Stonehaven, Westhill, Dice, Newtonhill, Kingswells, Cutter, Ellon & Peterhead, Cove, and Inverurie.

City buses also connect the city centre with Aberdeen airport via bus lines number 27, 80, and 727 (operated by Jet-Kinell Coaches). Detailed information on bus routes, timetables, and fares can be obtained from the Traveline Scotland website or by calling 0871 200 2233.

Aberdeen bus station (located in Union Square) runs long-distance coaches to most UK destinations as well as buses to neighbouring towns, such as Banff, Fraserburgh, Dundee, Banchory, Braemar, and Elgin.

Cycle Schemes

Aberdeen's city centre has on-road bike lanes in the following areas:

• College Street, between Aberdeen railway station and Guild Street
• The southern end of Market Street, between Commercial Quay and North Esplanade East
• Along Beach Boulevard
• Union Street / King Street
• Rosemount Viaduct, between Skeen Street and Rosemount Place

In addition, cyclists in Aberdeen can use a number of recommended routes that cover the main streets in the city centre, as well as several shared bus, cycle, and taxi lanes and dual use paths.

Recently, new cycling facilities have been made available throughout the city. These include the 7.5 mile route that links Aberdeen with the town of Westhill along the A944 road. An off-road section is available between Hazlehead Park and Kingswell. In addition, the local council is investigating the possibility of creating new cycle paths in Riverside Drive, Bridge of Don, Dyce, Kings Street, Kingswell, Anderson Drive, and Bucksburn.

Dedicated bicycle parking is available throughout the city, and detailed cycle lane maps can be obtained from the city's public libraries and from the city council. There is also a free bicycle lending scheme in the city. This is a private initiative launched by beCyCle.

Parking a car in Aberdeen

Free parking facilities in Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council manages 10 free car parks within the city's boundaries. These are located in the following spots:

• Station Road
• Tanfield Walk
• Dunmait Avenue
• Donmouth Road
• Viewfield Road (Seafield)
• Crombie Road (Torry)
• Sclattie Park (Bucksburn)
• Auchmill Road (Bucksburn)
• Greenburn Road (Bucksburn)
• Millside (Peterculter)

Pay and Display

Off-street pay and display parking facilities are located in:

• Gallowgate
• West North Street
• East North Street
• Golden Square
• Summer Street
• Virginia Street
• Broomhill Road
• Chapel Street
• Jack's Brae
• Fonthill Road
• St Nichola's House

A comprehensive list of parking charges can be found at

Blue Badge Parking Spaces

Blue Badge holders can make use of dedicated parking bays at city centre locations such as Union Terrace, Rosemount Viaduct, Diamond Street, and Skene Terrace. A full list of disabled parking facilities can be found at

Parking Permits

As in other UK cities, Aberdeen City Council offers residential and business parking permits in certain zones of the city. Costs range between £120 and £120 depending on the zone, the permit's validity, and the number of permits issued to every household. Business permits cost approximately £500 / year.


Park & Ride sites are available at Bridge of Don-Exhibition Avenue, Calder Park, and Kingswells (near the Kingswells roundabout). Aberdeen airport has both long and short-stay parking facilities, as well as an airport priority car park just off the A96.

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