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Getting Around in Aberdeen Situated in the Grampian Highlands of Scotland, Aberdeen is easily accessible by car, although there is no motorway in northern Scotland.

Instead the Granite City is reached from the south by the A90, a dual carriageway that goes from Perth to Fraserburgh, and from the north by the A96, which has stretches of dual carriageway on the route between Inverness and Aberdeen.

Like many major cities, Aberdeen can get heavily congested at peak times (usually 7:30am – 9:00am and 4:00pm – 6:00pm on weekdays), and so if possible try to avoid travelling at these times.

Once in Aberdeen you’ll find a number of car parks in the city centre, and also two park and ride schemes at Bridge of Don (near the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) and Kingswell. These schemes allow drivers to park their cars in a secure car park and then hop on a bus into the city centre.

From the South (London and East Coast):
Take the M1 northbound to Leeds and then continue ahead on the A1(M) to Newcastle Upon Tyne. You should then take the A1 up the east coast to Edinburgh. From there, take the M90 to Perth and then join the A90, which will lead to directly into Aberdeen.

From the South (Birmingham and West Coast):
Take the M6 northbound to Carlisle and then join the A74(M) and continue north on to the M74 to Glasgow. Here join the M73 and then the A80 and M80 to Stirling. From the M80 you should join the M9 (A9) to Perth and then the A90, which takes you directly into Aberdeen.

From the North and West Coast of Scotland:
Take the A82 (Fort William), A835 (Ullapool) or A87 (Kyle of Lochalsh) to Inverness, where you should then join the A96. This road leads directly to Aberdeen and is a single carriageway for the majority of the journey. However, at a number of points the road becomes a dual carriageway to allow drivers to overtake slow moving vehicles.

Keep up to date with traffic and travel news on your journey to Aberdeen by listening to the regular bulletins on Radio Scotland at 92-95FM.

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