Where to stay close to Aberdeen Airport
Reserve your Aberdeen Airport transfer to or from your accommodation before travelling:
- Jurys inn Aberdeen is within a mile of the terminal building, making for super-swift Aberdeen Airport transfers. With a ‘very good’ TripAdvisor score, this mid-range, four-star hotel offers modern accommodation for early flights or late-nigh arrivals.
- The Craighaar Hotel is just 1.5 miles distant, so again you can be here in minutes. Near the P and J arena and with a similar TripAdvisor ranking, it’s family-run, with a library and restaurant.
- Malmaison Aberdeen lies five miles off, but it’s still very handy for the airport. Scoring 4/5 on TripAdvisor, it’s a four-star boutique residence with a spa and was formerly the well-known Queen’s Hotel.
Transferring from Aberdeen International to another airport?
- Inverness Airport is more than 90 miles away, so allow a good two hours 10 minutes for your Aberdeen Airport transfer
- Edinburgh Airport lies nearly 130 miles south, entailing a longer journey of up to two and a half hours
- Glasgow Airport is within 50 miles south-west, meaning you can complete your Aberdeen Airport transfer within the hour
Six towns and cities to experience near Aberdeen Airport
- Aberdeen sits on the Rivers Dee and Don. Its maritime history means it has a working harbour and urban beach. Stroll the cobbled Old Town streets in this lively university city, taking in Union Square’s shops, plus Aberdeen Art Gallery and King’s College chapel.
- Dundee lies nearly 70 miles south, so expect a transfer from Aberdeen of up to an hour and 20 minutes. It’s another coastal student city, compact and full of treasures from cafes to indie shops to the two nautical museums on the regenerated waterfront.
- Footdee (also known locally as Fittie) is a unique community within eight miles and 25 minutes of Aberdeen International. Designed by Balmoral architect John Smith, this mid-nineteenth century former fishing village incorporates cottages in squares, their backs to the ocean.
- Inverurie is some 11 miles north, or around a 20-minute Aberdeen Airport transfer. It’s an attractive, historic Aberdeenshire market town, and a great base for hillwalking. Visit castles, the medieval Kinkell Church and the earliest Scottish battlefield. A Pictish stone circle also lies nearby.
- Stonehaven is some 18 miles south, and reachable within 25 minutes. It’s an attractive harbour town, known for its New Year (Hogmanay) fireballs ceremony. Check out the beach and harbour, plus thirteenth-century Dunnottar Castle, the striking ruins of a clifftop fortress.
- Banchory is within 18 miles or a half-hour airport transfer from Aberdeen. The town has numerous landmarks, with waterfalls and castles plus a great local museum nearby. Check out the Royal Deeside heritage railway, too.
Attractions well worth visiting from Aberdeen Airport
- Glenfiddich Distillery: At roughly 50 miles north-west or an hour’s Aberdeen Airport transfer, here you can learn about the famous single-malt whisky, with various tours taking in places like the original warehouse. There’s also a shop and the chance to sample the wares once you’ve learned more about the brand.
- Alford Valley Railway: A mere 22 miles or roughly a 40-minute hop, this 2ft narrow gauge railway still offers some rides, organised by volunteers. There’s also a museum, with recreated ticket office, engine shed, large-scale steam train models and more.
- Macduff Marine Aquarium: Head an hour north with an approximately 40-mile Aberdeen Airport transfer. Meet all the sea creatures who live in the Moray Firth, and enjoy talks, feeding and behind-the-scenes tours of this great attraction.
- Crathes Castles: Cover the 7-odd miles here within half an hour. Built in the sixteenth century, this classic Scottish tower house makes for a fantastic excursion. See the Great Hall, portraits and antique furniture and walk through the famous gardens and estate.
- Brimmond Hill Country Park: This is just three miles from the airport. It’s perfect for exercising travel-weary legs and blowing away the cobwebs. The hill itself takes some effort to scale, but it’s worth it for the spectacular views across Aberdeen.
- Balmedie Beach: This is 13 miles north or a 20-minute Aberdeen Airport transfer. It’s flat and sandy with dunes, and you can walk south or north for a number of miles. A ranger centre, loos and shops are on hand.
More key details on Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen International has ground-floor, wheelchair-friendly public facilities. Induction loops are available, while signage is tactile or in clear-contrast colours. The special assistance desk is in the terminal building before security and accessible loos are available throughout. There’s a Changing Places facility in the departure lounge, offering more space and equipment.
The airport is approved to accept assistance dogs while G4S offers wheelchairs plus there’s an Ambulift for boarding. Finally, additional support helps those with hidden disabilities like autism via the sunflower lanyard scheme and familiarisation visits.
Aberdeen International Airport
Tel: 0344 481 6666