Whether visitors are heading to business meetings or the golf courses of Aberdeenshire, catching a flight to Aberdeen is a great way to travel. There are no direct flights from North American cities to Aberdeen, but airlines fly direct to nearby airports in London and Manchester. With short connecting flights from those cities, passengers will be in the "Granite City" in no time.
Flights will touch down at Aberdeen Airport, which can be found outside the village of Dyce, around six miles north of Aberdeen itself. From there, visitors can take Stagecoach or First Aberdeen buses, which take about 30 minutes. Alternatively, they can link up with rail services at nearby Dyce station, or just take a taxi into town. Expect taxis to take about 20 minutes.
Visitors coming from North America can take connecting flights to Aberdeen with a few different airlines. Flybe travels from Manchester and London to Aberdeen, British Airways flies from London, Aer Lingus flies from Dublin, and KLM flies from Amsterdam.
There are plenty of strong justifications for taking a flight to Aberdeen. Firstly, the city is slightly isolated from the rest of the UK so trains and buses from cities like Glasgow or London will take quite a long time. By contrast, connecting flights from London take just one hour 50 minutes. That's very convenient for those arriving on transatlantic flights from Miami, Boston, or New York. Additionally, Aberdeen Airport is well set up for those traveling on to the port or the region's coastal golf courses, with shuttle buses, auto hire, and taxis, so flying is a stress-free way to arrive.
When getting around Aberdeen, it helps to have a PlusBus card. Visitors can buy these passes for seven day periods and they provide unlimited bus transportation within the metropolitan area. That's really useful when heading to Old Aberdeen's cobblestoned streets, evocative churches, and the ancient Brig o’ Balgownie bridge. In the center of town, highlights include the city Art Gallery and the Science Center. Getting out into the country is a delight as well. Royal fans won't want to pass on Balmoral Castle, while the Royal Deeside Railway offers historic steam engine rides that everyone will adore.