The city of Aberdeen sits on the north east coast of Scotland. It's a place where the harbour meets the city centre, where you may just see the harbour's resident pod of dolphins playing in the waters or enjoy a beach stroll alongside some serious shopping.
Aberdeen is famous for its stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments which shimmer in the sunlight and the warming tones of 'Doric', the local Scots dialect you'll hear in the streets.
Things to do in Aberdeen
Within the city itself, you can explore the beach and enjoy watersports and wildlife. You can explore the independent shops, galleries and eateries. Take a walk to admire the architecture, parks and gardens.
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Inspiration for Aberdeen breaks
Places to stay
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Tours, routes and trails
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Map of Aberdeen
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Travel to and around Aberdeen
Getting to Aberdeen
Aberdeen’s railway station is based in the heart of the city.
Travel on one of the hourly trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh or use the east coast line to travel from cities such as York or Newcastle.
Check out LNER trains along the east coast
Aberdeen is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and less than 3 hours from Inverness.
Aberdeen International Airport is 6 miles from the city centre.
There are direct routes to most UK cities and key European destinations, with daily flights including London Heathrow, Paris and Amsterdam.
Ferries travel regularly to/from the Scottish Isles, Orkney and Shetland.
Aberdeen Ferry Terminal is located at Jamieson's Quay across from Union Square and the Aberdeen Railway Station.
Getting around Aberdeen
Bus and coach
First Group run a number of bus services across the city while Stagecoach Bluebird's buses link the towns and villages in Aberdeenshire.
Grasshopper passes are available in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Stagecoach and FirstBus. Please note this pass is best used when hopping on and off the bus within a zone, and single destination tickets may sometimes be a cheaper option.
Aberdeen is easily explored on foot with most key attractions within walking distance of each other. Attractions beyond the city centre can be reached cost effectively by public transport and again explored further by foot.
Take in the scenic surroundings and hear from a knowledgeable local tour guide – all from the comfort of your privately hired chauffeur driven transport.
Hire your own vehicle for the freedom to explore at your own pace. Choose from a car, mini bus or personal motor-home.
There are several taxi companies that operate in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire.
What's on in Aberdeen
Find out what's on in Aberdeen with local events and festivals including theatre, music, food and drink and family-friendly events.
Places to eat in Aberdeen
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Food & Drink ideas
There's a great selection of places to eat in Aberdeen city.
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