Aberdeen Airport Buses
Bus numbers 307, 10 and 27 run from the airport to the city centre. A bus journey to the centre of Aberdeen takes about 30 minutes in average traffic, longer at peak times. Cost is £1.50 approximately for a one-way ticket. Numbers 307 and 10 terminate at the bus station where there are taxis. Aberdeen airport is quite small, there is only one exit and the taxi rank and bus stops are just outside.
Buses to Aberdeen, local services and the Stagecoach Bluebird services to Peterhead, Elgin and Inverness stop directly outside Aberdeen Airport. The bus stop is signposted from the terminal.
There is now a First Aberdeen Service 80 which is the Dyce airlink bus. This is a new bus service that ties in with the Scotrail train service and links Dyce rail station with Aberdeen Airport, Kirkhill industrial estate and the Heliport. The service runs from Monday to Friday between 06.45 - 19.38. Introductory fares are currently £1.00 for an adult single and 70p for a child single.
For further information call Stagecoach Bluebird +44 (0)1224 212266 or First Bus +44 (0)1224 650065. Several local services are low floor buses, but long distance coaches tend not to be wheelchair accessible.
The service also operates via Inverness. From Inverness and Aberdeen you can connect to other local areas or travel further afield with National Express which operates from Guild Street Bus Station.
First Aberdeen Service 27 is a daytime service (not weekends) to Guild Street bus station in central Aberdeen. A single ticket costs £2.
Service 10 Regular buses run between Aberdeen and Inverness via the airport, or via Blackburn (use connecting services 220 or 224 between the airport and Blackburn). Seven days a week, but reduced service at weekends. A single ticket to Aberdeen bus station costs £1.60.
Service 737 Aberdeen-Inverurie service, running via the airport mornings and evenings.
Service 747 Weekday-only service running between Peterhead and Dyce via the airport.
Buses at Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen has a pretty good bus network, but it can be expensive to use (there are no multi-operator tickets). The city is served by two operators: First Aberdeen and Stagecoach. The buses are modern and fairly comfortable with a few old ones still in operation (mainly on the number 6). If you are catching connecting buses, then you will probably have to change in the city centre as that is where the majority of services start or terminate.
Long-distance coaches call at the Guild Street bus station in central Aberdeen, next to the rail station. Coach operators at Aberdeen include National Express, Scottish Citylink and megabus.
First Services operate within the city boundary, and also serve the suburbs of Dyce, Cults, Culter and Kingswells. The network is branded The Overground and has a colour coded system with all the main lines having a designated colour while the minor ones are left grey on the map (in a similar style of the London Underground). This makes it fairly easy to find your way around. Services start around 5:00 and finish close to midnight with night services running at weekends.
In Aberdeen, First operates an exact fare system. The fare charged depends on the length of the journey you are making and these are calculated by fare stages on each route. To qualify for a child fare, you must be under 16 years of age. An adult fare should be paid from your sixteenth birthday onwards.
Children under the age of 5 can travel free on First services in Aberdeen. There is also no charge for dogs or other pets travelling.
Fares are based on a fare-stage system and cost from 70p for a short journey to £2.00 for a longer one. Day passes are available for £4.00 (£3.00 off peak).
Peak (£7.00) and off peak (£6.00) family tickets are also available for purchase. Tickets are for three or four people per group, up to 2 adults, and offer unlimited travel on all First services in Aberdeen excluding late night services, tours and excursions.
Stagecoach run the services outside the city boundary. Locations closer to Aberdeen generally offer more frequent services (every 15 minutes to Westhill) than those further out. In addition the number 59 runs wholly within the city boundary .
For single fares Stagecoach are generally a cheaper option than First, but are not so frequent and operate a more limited network.