Travel from Edinburgh to Aberdeen with CrossCountry and take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up until 15 minutes before departure.
The journey from Edinburgh to Aberdeen takes an average of 2 hours and 40 minutes and is an absolute delight to travel by train. As you look out your window, enjoy stunning views of the coast before you make your way into Aberdeen.
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Travelling to Aberdeen
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Travelling from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and is situated in the north east of the country. It has a record number of whisky distilleries and is known to be an energy-rich city thanks to its booming offshore oil industry. ‘Aber’ means mouth of the river and the beautiful River Dee runs right through the city. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’re sure to have an excellent journey with CrossCountry.
Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?
Yes, direct trains are available on the CrossCountry network from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?
You’ll travel between Edinburgh to Aberdeen in comfort with CrossCountry. All our trains come with a variety of seating options (including tables), electric points and luggage storage. A trolley service serving an assortment drinks and light refreshments is also available onboard. Looking for even more comfort? Book a ticket in our First Class carriage.
Does Aberdeen Station have step-free access?
Aberdeen Station has step-free access throughout the station. There is assistance for getting to and from platforms available for those who require it, as well as accessible ticket machines and offices, and ramp for train access.
How far is the city centre?
Aberdeen Station is roughly a 30-minute walk from the city centre or a quick five-minute bus ride.
Does the station have family areas?
Yes, Aberdeen Station has baby changing facilities and waiting rooms that are available to families. Those with a First Class ticket can also use the First Class lounge.
For further information about Aberdeen Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Aberdeen
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Aberdeen
Aberdeen has a widespread network of public transport options. The local bus service in Aberdeen is run by First and has regular services throughout the day that connects the station with the surrounding areas. Those wishing to travel privately and directly might choose to take a taxi.
Shopping in Aberdeen
Aberdeen is certainly one of the best places to shop, with a range of five shopping centres and the Granite Mile shopping street that is speckled with independent retailers and boutiques. Union Square, which is conveniently attached to the railway station, has over 40 shops including popular high street retailers such as Zara and Apple. It also has over 30 restaurants that stay open late at night and a movie cinema if you feel like resting your feet after a long day of retail therapy. If you head to Granite Mile in Union Street, you will find more stores and quaint cafés, including a popular vegan restaurant known as Foodstory.
Culture in Aberdeen
As a prominent cultural hub in Scotland, the city is home to a plethora of museums such as the Tolbooth, Aberdeen Maritime and Zoology museums. A family-favourite is the Aberdeen Science Centre, which is home to many exhibits and live shows. There are also numerous galleries such as the inspiring Aberdeen Art Gallery. The city also hosts many great festivals and events to celebrate the city’s rich cultural presence.