Scotland’s granite city and the northeast’s powerhouse, there is more to Aberdeen than first meets the eye.


Approximate flight time: 1 hour 25 minutes (total distance 328 miles)

Airlines that fly direct: Loganair 

Airports in Aberdeen: Aberdeen Airport

Seasons: High: July - August: Low: November - February

Currency: GBP British Pound (£)

Departing from Birmingham Airport

With a great selection of shops, restaurants and all the facilities you’d expect from an international airport in Britain’s second city, Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from the UK.

We’ve got lots of shops for you to browse while you wait for your flight to Scotland. If you enjoy a bargain, check out the deals in World Duty Free. Pick up any health and beauty bits from Boots or get your fashion fix at Kurt Geiger, so you can treat yourself to something new. 

You’ll also find some great cafés, bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy some food before you fly. Pret a Manger is great for whatever time you’re at the airport, with organic coffee, sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot food and even sushi. For a sit-down meal before you fly, you’ve got a few options; browse the menu at All Bar One, Factory Bar and Wetherspoon. You can also try some authentic Indian ‘Grab & Go’ cuisine at Wrapchic before you pass through security.

If you prefer the finer things in life, why not book into one of our five fantastic airport lounges for a small fee? Enjoy comfy seating, complimentary food & drinks, and WiFi.

Whether you’re arriving by car, train, bus, or taxi, Birmingham Airport is easy to get to. Drivers will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal on foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 70%.

Taxis can drop you right outside the terminal and, if you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent bus service from the station that takes you to the terminal in minutes.

Bridge of Dee

Bridge of Dee

Arriving at Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport is seven miles north west of Aberdeen city centre and has one terminal. There are lots of options for onwards travel from the airport, so getting to where you want to go is easy.

Regular buses pass by the airport terminal and they take about 30 minutes to reach the city centre. There are lots of routes to choose from so wherever you’re headed, you should find a bus to take you there. Be aware that in the evening and at the weekends, services don’t run as regularly. You can also travel by train, if you prefer. The closest train station to the airport is Dyce, offering services into Aberdeen city centre and surrounding areas. The station is located two miles from the terminal and can be reached by either bus or taxi.

Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.

What to expect in Aberdeen

Known throughout Scotland as the Granite City, Aberdeen’s streets are lined with silvery-grey granite buildings that glint in the sunshine. With a rich history and abundant culture, as well as picturesque open farmland, soaring mountains and a beach, Aberdeen is an attractive and diverse place to visit.

The main language spoken in Aberdeen is English, although with a Scottish accent. Scots, Scottish Gaelic and Scottish Doric are the other languages spoken by the population.

Scotland is renowned for its often-underwhelming weather. The summers are cool and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, cool and windy.

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Culture in Aberdeen

Aberdeen has long been an important cultural hub in Scotland, and it’s not just kilts and bagpipes. Explore the cobbled streets of old Aberdeen and discover fascinating museums and impressive art galleries, as well as one of the oldest granite cathedrals in the world.

If you want to try some local Scottish delicacies, Aberdeen is a great place to do so. With the Atlantic on its doorstop, fresh mountain waters, lush rolling hills and fertile soil, Scotland’s fresh produce is one to discover. From Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway Black Pudding and Shetland salmon and shellfish, to a dram of whisky, shortbread and of course haggis, there’s plenty of fresh, tasty food to try on your visit.

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