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Getting around Aberdeen

Public transport

The two main bus companies operating services in and around the city are First Aberdeen (+44 1224 650 000, www.firstgroup.com) and Stagecoach (+44 122 421 2266, www.stagecoachbus.com). First Aberdeen operates a comprehensive network of routes throughout the city. Bus 27 runs from the bus station on Guild Street through the city and out to Aberdeen Airport on weekdays only. Aberdeen provides commuters with flexible payment methods such as contactless payment, cash (exact change only), mTickets, smartcards, as well as daily, weekly, monthly and annual tickets. Stagecoach operates various services within the city and surrounding region; on these busses, grasshopper tickets allow unlimited travel for a day or a week

For all public travel information in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland contact Traveline Scotland (+44 871 200 2233, www.travelinescotland.com).

Taxis

You can hail taxis on the street or at ranks at the railway and bus stations. To pre-book a taxi, try Aberdeen Taxis (+44 1224 890089) or ComCab (+44 1224 35 35 35). Tips are appreciated.

Driving

Driving in Aberdeen is reasonably straightforward. Roads are well-maintained, and signposts are clear. Expect to pay for parking in public car parks and on-street parking bays.

Car hire

Car hire firms operating in Aberdeen include Avis (+44 344 544 6010, www.avis.co.uk), Enterprise (+44 122 464 2642, www.enterprise.co.uk) and Europcar (+44 371 384 1092, www.europcar.co.uk). For speciality vehicles, try Aberdeen 4x4 Self Drive (+44 122 487 7899, www.aberdeen4x4.co.uk). Drivers must be at least 25 years of age.

Bicycle hire

Aberdeen is cyclist friendly, with bike parking facilities located throughout the city. BeCyCle (21-22 High Street, www.becycle.org.uk), runs workshops to fix up old bikes and lends them out free of charge (in exchange for a deposit). The Aberdeen Cycle Map shows the location of cycle lanes, recommended quiet routes and shops where you can buy cycling gear.

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An award-winning hotel located just off the A96 provides easy links to the City centre and Aberdeen Airport. Enjoy a luxurious experience at an affordable price.

Skene House Suites

Skene House Suites are serviced apartments that offer an affordable alternative, particularly for groups. Prices are per suite, per night, so the larger suites become great value for money if shared by a few people. The suites are all located in the centre of Aberdeen and are all well appointed and individually designed.

Chester Hotel

Perhaps the smartest hotel address in town is this handsome 19th-century granite villa on Queens Road. Their Classic and Grand guest rooms have muted colours and intelligent en-suites, while two lavish Clubrooms occupy the entire top floor. Facilities include sumptuous dining, a bar with booths, and over 60 treatments in its IX Beauty Centre.

Park Inn by Radisson

This reliable Radisson hotel in the city centre uses modern architecture to blend in wonderfully with the Granite City surroundings. With 185 rooms to choose from, plus all mod cons and that Radisson stamp of quality, the Park Inn is the best mid-range chain option in Aberdeen.

Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel

Ardoe House is a luxurious modern hotel housed in an impressive 19th-century mansion house overlooking Royal Deeside and located just 5km (3 miles) from the city centre. It has 109 individually designed bedrooms with great views of the surrounding estate, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, tennis courts, gym, beauty salons and two restaurants and two bars.

Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

This celebrated 5-star hotel sits in verdant grounds. Its beautifully appointed rooms have paintings, antique furniture, and TV. The Conservatory chefs specialise in Grampian produce - Aberdeen Angus beef and game with fish and shellfish from local rivers and ports. The wine cellar has over 400 wines, and the Drawing Room bar has more than 100 malt whiskies.