Travelling to and from Aberdeen when studying at RGU

If you’re thinking about studying at RGU, you may wonder where Aberdeen is in Scotland. And if you’re already a student here, you might be wondering what you can do nearby and how you can travel to other exciting locations direct from Aberdeen. But travelling to and from Aberdeen is easy! Here are some of your frequently asked travel questions answered.

Where is Aberdeen?

Good question! Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and can be found in North-east Scotland. Aberdeen is a beautiful coastal city and is within easy reach of Scotland’s other cities. It is known for its sparkling granite architecture and its close proximity to the sea. The beach is an incredible place to visit between your studies, by the way.

Are there direct flights to and from Aberdeen?

Aberdeen has its own international airport which means it is connected globally. In fact, you can fly to Aberdeen from over 30 destinations including Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and London. Did you know that Aberdeen is actually only a short one-and-a-half-hour flight from London?

You can find out more about all the places you can fly to and from on the Aberdeen International Airport website.

Are there good transport links?

It’s not just our international airport that makes Aberdeen accessible. We also have a ferry terminal, bus station and train station all within our city centre, meaning you can get here easily. These transport hubs connect us to cities and towns across Scotland as well as the rest of the UK. Did you know you can take a sleeper train to London?

How far is Aberdeen from Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Aberdeen is less than a 3-hour drive away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. These cities can be easily reached by car, bus or train. Aberdeen is also less than 1.5 hours from Dundee and just over 2.5 hours away from Inverness. Aberdeen is a great location to be based in Scotland if you wish to explore our incredible country.

Can I explore Aberdeenshire easily?

There are Stagecoach buses and ScotRail trains that connect the city of Aberdeen with the surrounding area of Aberdeenshire. It is worth noting however, that there are parts of Aberdeenshire that will be easier to get to via your own car. Make sure to explore all travel options and plan your journey before you go.

You may have heard of the North Coast 500 – a great way to explore the North coast of Scotland by driving the incredibly breath-taking route. But did you know that we have our own North East 250 driving route? This will take you around North-east Scotland from Aberdeen to Moray Firth, to Speyside, the Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside. The North East 250 is a great way to see the part of Scotland you are (or will be) living in. You will need access to a car to explore either of these routes.    

Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s largest cities and is well connected with plenty of transport links to not only help you get here in the first place, but to then help you explore beyond Aberdeen too. You can find out more about travelling to and from Aberdeen at and more about getting around Aberdeen at

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