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  • Looking across to the harbour and dock of Aberdeen City
    Aberdeen Harbour – the heart of the energy industry's marine operations in north west Europe
  • A a car drives along the B976 road between Gairnshiel Lodge and Crathie with the mountain ridge of Lochnagar beyond
    Rent a car and discover the breathtaking countryside of Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen City and Shire has fantastic transport links with the rest of the UK and Europe. Whether flying, taking the train, catching the ferry or driving, reaching the region is straightforward.

By land and sea

By car

If travelling to the region by ferry, it is possible to take your car with you. However there are plenty of opportunities to rent a vehicle once you arrive here. Taxi hire and car rental services are available at Aberdeen Airport and in the city and larger towns.

By bike

Aberdeenshire’s quiet country roads make cycling a fantastic way of exploring the region. You can either bring your own bike or hire one once you arrive here.

If you’re considering travelling by bike, take a look at our advice on cycling in Scotland.

By bus

Why not let someone else drive? Express coach links from all major cities to the area are available. Scottish Citylink connects more than 200 locations across Scotland, including fast and frequent links between Aberdeen and other cities. There is also an excellent network of local bus services in Aberdeen City and Shire.

For more information see Megabus, Stagecoach or National Express.

By train

Aberdeen Rail Station is located in the heart of the city and offers frequent services to and from other major UK cities. There are hourly services from both Glasgow and Edinburgh with both journeys taking around two-and-a half hours along the scenic East Coast Line. The journey from Inverness to Aberdeen takes little more than two hours.

If travelling from London, why not board the Caledonian Sleeper and arrive in Aberdeen refreshed and ready for a day of sightseeing?

By ferry

Aberdeen Harbour is one of the busiest ports in Britain and is located in the heart of the city. There are scheduled ferry links to Aberdeen from Orkney and Shetland, both operated by Northlink Ferries.

By air

Aberdeen Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports and is located just 6 miles from the city centre. There are schedule flights to and from more than 30 regional airports and international cities including Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen and Norway.

There are dozens of flights between Aberdeen and London every day with flight times standing at just over an hour.

Find out more information about direct flights to Scotland.