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)
Number of flights per week: 19
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe
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 grab a book for your flight at Pocket Shop, conveniently located in the South departure lounge by gates 1-20. We’ve got fashion and beauty stores too, like Kurt Geiger and Pandora, so you can treat yourself to something new. Or, why not relax at Aerospa, which offers an array of beauty treatments in as little as 15 minutes?
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, grab a yummy brunch at Giraffe or choose something delicious from everyone’s favourite, 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 50%.
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 Air-Rail link from the station that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
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Whether you like to get through the airport as quickly as possible, or you enjoy spending time looking in the shops and having something to eat, check out our ‘Plan your Journey’ articles for the speedy and leisurely traveller.
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.
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.