Getting around Aberdeen
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).
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 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 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.
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.