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Travel to Aberdeen

Flying to Aberdeen

British Airways, American Airlines, easyJet, Eastern Airways, Flybe and BMI Regional are among the airlines providing flights to Aberdeen from regional airports in the UK and USA.

Flight times

From London: 1 hour 30 minutes
From New York: 9 hours 35 minutes (including stopover)
From Los Angeles: 13 hours 45 minutes (including stopover)
From Manchester: 1 hour 20 minutes
From Birmingham: 1 hour 25 minutes
From Bristol: 1 hour 25 minutes
From Newcastle: 1 hour
From Sydney: 26 hours (including stopover)

Travel by road

Aberdeen is well connected by a good connection of roads. Traffic drives on the left, seat belts are compulsory, and the minimum driving age is 17. Driving licences issued in the EC and the EEA can be used in the UK, while regulations for drivers from other countries vary. The two major motoring organisations, the AA (+44 343 316 4444, www.theaa.com) and the RAC (+44 800 015 6000, www.rac.co.uk) are good sources of information.

Emergency breakdown services

Details for emergency breakdown services in the UK:
AA: +44 800 887 766
RAC: +44 800 828 282

Routes

The A90/M90 connects Aberdeen to Dundee and Edinburgh. The A96 links it to Elgin and Inverness.

Coaches

The city's central bus station is close to the railway station on Guild Street. Scottish Citylink (+44 871 266 3333, www.citylink.co.uk) operates bus services to other destinations within Scotland. National Express (+44 871 781 8181, www.nationalexpress.com) operates buses to destinations throughout the UK including London.

Time to city

From London: 9 hours 30 minutes
From Manchester: 6 hours
From Edinburgh: 2 hours 45 minutes
From Glasgow: 2 hours 50 minutes
From Inverness: 2 hours 50 minutes

Travel by Rail

Services

Aberdeen's central railway station is on Guild Street, directly south of the city centre.

Operators

ScotRail operates rail services (+44 344 811 0141, www.scotrail.co.uk). The city's rail line connects Aberdeen with other major Scottish towns and cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Inverness. LNER train services join Aberdeen with London, England (+44 345 722 5333, www.lner.co.uk).

Journey times

From London: 7 hours
From Edinburgh: 2 hours 30 minutes
From Perth: 1 hour 40 minutes
From Dundee: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Roselea Hotel

The Roselea is housed in a listed Aberdonian granite house built in the mid 19th century. This is a friendly, family-run guesthouse situated close to bus and rail links and the ferry terminal for Orkney and Shetland Islands ferries. Every bedroom has a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Craighaar Hotel

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.