The local bus service in Aberdeen is run by First , a large bus operator in the UK.  Visitors to the area should print out a copy of the maps and routes  for easy reference on-the-go.  Handy timetables are also available, and tickets good for the week or  month can be purchased from any post office (or in the case of single day use, directly on the bus).  Children under the age of sixteen and students with ID receive a special rate, as do the elderly and disabled. (Note: children under age five and pets ride for free.)  The total fare is dependant upon the length of the journey (measured in stages).

There is a very handy real time link to First bus services in Aberdeen.  Look up your stop on the map then the site will tell you exactly when your bus is due.

The University of Aberdeen is linked to the city centre by bus 20 (from Littlejohn Street in the city centre). For visitors to the University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen bus information is available online, or by calling +44 (0)1224 650065 - don't forget to bring exact change - or pick up a Farecard from a local shop.

If you wish to go to Aberdeen's beach (or visit the city's historic fishing village of Footdee - pronounced Fittie), take bus 13A.


Taxis in Aberdeen are expensive, they are the most expensive in Scotland and up amongst the highest in the UK.


There is no Underground, Metro or tram system in Aberdeen. ScotRail operates trains from Aberdeen north to Dyce and Inverurie and south to Portlethen and Stonehaven (these routes are part of long distance train services rather than just for local travellers). If travelling to Aberdeen by train, it is worth buying a "Plusbus" day ticket at the same time as buying a train ticket - this allows local bus travel (and is cheaper than buying a day ticket in Aberdeen).