Flights to Aberdeen
For a beautiful Scottish break, book a cheap flight to Aberdeen from a choice of UK airports.
The Granite city is Scotland's oil capital. Despite its remote location 70 miles north of its nearest city, Aberdeen is just as cultural and swanky as the likes of London and Edinburgh. It's full of surprises, so book a flight to Aberdeen today and discover them for yourself.
Airports in Aberdeen
Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) is just under six miles away from the city centre. As well as offering scheduled and charter flights, Aberdeen Airport also acts as a heliport for the North Sea's offshore oil industry.
Airlines that fly to Aberdeen
BA CityFlyer, BMI Regional, British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe and Loganair all fly to Aberdeen from a range of UK airports.
Getting into Aberdeen
The Jet Service 727 bus runs between the airport and the bus station. It costs £2.90* for a single, £3.50* for a day return, or £4.50* for a period return. First bus service 27 also runs to Guildhall bus station in the city centre, but only on weekdays. It's also possible to take the train into Aberdeen from Dyce, which is just a short taxi ride away. The trains take ten minutes and a single costs £2.20*.
There's a Comcab taxi rank outside the terminal building. You can expect to pay £15* for the trip into the city centre, which will take around 25 minutes if there's not much traffic. If you're planning a self drive holiday, Avis, Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty all have desks in the arrivals area. We recommend booking your vehicle in advance to avoid disappointment. With Skyscanner you can compare car hire at Aberdeen Airport to get the best deal.
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When to visit Aberdeen
Aberdeen is on the same latitude as Juneau, Alaska, but has some surprisingly good weather. We recommend visiting from May to September. During the summer months the temperature sits happily around 18°C, and sunny days are fairly common. Due to the far northern latitude summer days seem almost endless and the granite buildings glitter beautifully in the sunlight. Like all big cities, Aberdeen has something to offer all year round. Even if you visit during winter you'll find plenty going on, with cosy pubs to curl up in and buzzing bars to party the night away in. New Year is a big deal in Scotland, and with all of the champagne popping oil types around we reckon Aberdeen is probably one of the best places to celebrate in the country.
What to see and do
The Granite City may not be everyone’s first option for a weekend break, but its hidden gems are sure to delight you. Whether it’s golf, galleries, art house cinema, theatre or restaurants, Aberdeen has the ingredients for a super weekend break.
Discover the Highlands: Aberdeen is surrounded by the most awe-inspiring scenery and landscapes in the country, all within easy reach from the city. Whether you want a quiet stroll or day long hike, the Grampians have munroe’s and trails to suit every walker. If its sea views you crave, Aberdeen enjoys miles of stunning sandy beach that stretch as far as the eye can see. Take a picnic in the summer or a warm coat in the winter and fall in love with the stunning views. A seaside café lunch might be the order of the day in the nearby fishing village of Stonehaven.
Arts & Culture: The Aberdeen Art Gallery has an impressive collection, with works from a diverse range of artists. Whether you're into Monet or Damien Hirst, every art lover will find a niche in this fantastic museum. If you hire a car you can explore the small towns and villages surrounding Aberdeen, many of which have craft shops displaying work by local artists. The Milton Art Gallery in Banchory is worth a glance, as is The Lost Gallery in Strathdon. The 19th Century Music Hall is a great place to take in a show, as is His Majesty's Theatre.
Food & Drink: Singingly fresh seafood, locally reared Aberdeen Angus cattle, and whisky galore: the northeast of Scotland is a paradise for food lovers. If you're self catering you can pick up some fantastic goodies at the farmer's market. We recommend heading out on a distillery tour to sample Scotland's favourite tipple. Aberdeen has plenty of trendy bars and restaurants, as well as the usual big brands that you find in every British city. There are lots of great foodie events in the region throughout the year: in June the Taste of Grampian Food & Drink Festival takes place in nearby Inverurie, September is the Huntly Hairst Food & Farming Festival which showcases the best of Aberdeenshire, and in August there's a Cullen skink (smoked haddock chowder) festival in the town of Cullen.
Where to stay
There are lots of excellent places to stay in and around Aberdeen. From glitzy five star rooms in the city centre to cosy cottages in the countryside, there's something to suit everyone.
One of the most convenient places to stay in Aberdeen is the Merchant Quarter in the city centre Hotels in this area are a short jaunt from both the train and bus stations, perfect if you're planning day trips on public transport. The area also has five shopping malls, four theatres, and a number of historic buildings. There's also a good nightlife scene with a range of great bars and restaurants. Aberdeen harbour is just around the corner, so you can watch the big ships come rolling in. It's the heart and soul of Aberdeen, and perfect for those who like to be in the middle of the action.
The centre of Aberdeen is small enough to get around on foot, but there's plenty of public transport if you get tired. As long as you book a hotel in Aberdeen city centre you'll be able to reach the main attractions. If you haven't sorted out your accommodation yet, compare hotel prices in Aberdeen with Skyscanner.
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