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Travel to Aberdeen

Aberdeen is served by a number of budget airlines (e.g. Easyjet). Additional budget airlines fly into Glasgow and Edinburgh (e.g. Ryanair, Easyjet), which connect easily to Aberdeen by train (2.5 hours) or bus. Route maps highlighting the direct flights to the three cities can be found here: for Aberdeen, for Edinburgh, for Glasgow.

Scotland has an extensive rail and bus network; Megabus offers intercity bus tickets, some for as little as £1.50 when booked well in advance. The cheapest train fares go on sale approximately 12 weeks prior to travel (i.e. booking earlier than that will not save you money) and the cheapest fares can often be found on East Coast and the Trainline

For further information see: How to travel to Aberdeen on a budget and information on the University of Aberdeen website.

Arriving in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Dyce Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the town centre and well connected with the main airports of Europe and the UK. The fare from the airport to Kings College is about £20-25. Alternatively the Stagecoach Jet 727 bus connects the airport to Aberdeen bus station (situated beside the train station).

For train routes, timetables and prices please visit the National Rail website. If you are arriving at Aberdeen Train Station, you may wish to take a taxi to your accommodation.  The taxi rank is beside the station entrance and fares from Aberdeen Train Station.

Taxis can be ordered from:
Rainbow/Bucksburn Taxis: 01224 878787
Comcabs: 01224 353535
Central Taxis: 01224 898989

How to reach the conference venues?

The bus numbers 1 and 2 all run from the city centre to the AECC,which will be the main conference venue, and also across much the city including the two unviersities. Local buses are run by First Bus and StageCoach.

The congress is easily accessible by local ‘First bus’ service. Bus route 40 runs between the centre of Aberdeen (Union Street) along King Street, stopping at the university before continuing on to the AECC. It runs every 15 minutes during the day. Any accommodation located near King St or Union St will therefore be easily accessible.

Time from city centre to the AECC: 20 minutes by bus, 45 minutes’ walk.

Time from the university to the AECC: 10 minutes by bus, 30 minutes’ walk (1.5 miles).

The StageCoach bus service operates coaches which travel from the city centre (Union Street) to towns north of Aberdeen, stopping at both the university and the AECC. These run every half hour, and originate at the central, intercity bus station. This is right next to the train station, and Union Square shopping centre.

The GetAbout website contains a lot of information on sustainable travel in and around Aberdeen.

The map below highlights the locations of the main conference events: