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City Travel in Aberdeen

City Travel in Aberdeen

Whether you are in the city for business or pleasure, you’ll find that getting around Aberdeen is a relatively straightforward affair.

Of course the cheapest way to get from A to B is on foot, and you’ll find much of what The Granite City has to offer by walking because the city centre is fairly compact. Take your bearings from Union Street [map], the mile-long stretch from Holburn Junction to the Castlegate. If you remember where this is, you won’t go far wrong because everything leads to or from or off it.

If however you would rather save your legs for shopping and dancing, then make use of the local public transport, which is a convenient and reliable option to get around.

Aberdeen has an extensive bus network operated by FirstAberdeen that will take you to the outer reaches of Aberdeenshire and the Grampian Highlands, as well as across the city centre. Most local buses stop somewhere on Union Street and the main bus station on Guild Street [map], so this will be your best bet if you need to catch a bus.

People who drive into Aberdeen on a regular basis are all too aware of the congestion problems at peak times, and this is why many of them now opt to use the fast and effective park and ride schemes in operation across the city. Aberdeen City Council currently runs two park and ride systems at Kingswells and Bridge of Don, which allow drivers to park their cars in secure car parks on the outskirts of town and get a bus into the city centre. There are plans to open two new park and ride schemes at Bucksburn and Stonehaven Road.

Taxis are another transport option, however they are significantly more expensive than taking public transport. There are two different types of taxi in Aberdeen, hackney carriages, which have a distinctive black and white sign on the roof, and private hire cars. Hackney carriages can be hailed in the street or picked up from one of the taxi ranks at the train station and in the city centre, however private hire cars must be booked in advance. You should always check the driver has a valid licence on display before getting into a cab.

Selected taxi companies in the city centre area:
City Taxis 01224 494949
Central Taxis 01224 898989
Ally’s Taxis 01224 782066

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