Aberdeen (Aberdeen)

This guide to Aberdeen station provides a summary of how to access the city centre and make onward connections, more detail and some images will be coming soon, when we are able to make a return visit.

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Terminus Station

Aberdeen is a station of two parts, both of which are housed within the one building and can be easily accessed from the impressive main concourse.
Most of the trains from destinations to the south, including all trains from Edinburgh and London, arrive at platforms (tracks) 3 -6S and this part of the station is a terminus, so exiting the station from here simply involves walking across the concourse.

Most of the trains heading north to Inverness depart from platforms (tracks) 7S and 7N and these are accessed by a bridge, which has both stairs and elevators connecting it to the main concourse and at platform level.

Many European stations now resemble shopping malls which also happen to provide access to trains, but in Aberdeen, the Union Square Mall was placed right beside the station.
So the station’s formerly elegant frontage can no longer be seen, but the mall does provide multiple opportunities to pick up last minute travel essentials as well as food/drink for a journey.

To the city centre:

Aberdeen station has a convenient city centre location, the heart of the city, the ferry terminal and many of its most popular attractions, including the Maritime Museum and the city’s Art Gallery are all within a 15 min walk from the station.

If you’ll be heading off on foot it’s best to use the exits on to Guild Street, which are at the opposite end of the station to platforms 3-5, use the exit by the ticket office/travel centre.

Once you’re on Guild Street turn right for the Maritime Museum, after around 5 minutes you’ll then see it on the left.
Head towards the museum when walking to the heart of the city, the location of its most iconic buildings made of granite.
A street named Shiprow, which bends round to the right of the museum, leads to the city centre and the main Tourist Information office.

To the ferry terninal:

The ferry terminal for the routes to the Orkney and Shetland Islands is a 10 – 15 min walk from Aberdeen station, so if the weather is fine it’s not worth taking a taxi.
The station is close to the harbour side, so having turned right on Guild Street, you’re likely to see some large ships ahead of you.
Turn right on Market Street and then the access to the ferry terminal will be on the left.

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ScotRail

(1) Glasgow Queen Street via Dundee, Perth and Stirling
(2) Edinburgh via Dundee and Kirkcaldy
(3) Inverness via Elgin

LNER

London King's Cross via Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and Peterborough

CrossCountry

Penzance via Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro.

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Overnight to London Euston

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