One of Scotland’s major airports, the Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) serves the charming city of the same name, and is a modern, comprehensive hub to fly into. With access to ATMs, bureau de change services, bars, restaurants, coffee kiosks, free WiFi, and a good duty-free shop.
The airport provides transport into town via rail, bus, and taxi services. The distance between the CDB and the airport is only 11km, but a taxi journey can take up to 25 minutes depending on traffic. However, this is a fairly reasonable fare, at about 15GBP ($26) in total.
Popular carriers to Aberdeen are Singapore Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, BMI Regional, Malaysia Airlines, Aer Lingus, Thai Airways, SAS, Qantas, and Etihad Airways.
Why visit Aberdeen?
Aberdeen, a famed port city that looks out onto the North Sea, is the capital of Scotland’s oil industry, and something of a surprise. Nicknamed the Flower of Scotland because of its lovely gardens and parks, this city defies the normal industrialised look of working cities, because it is so pretty. With gorgeous Victorian and Georgian architecture defining its streets, tons of landscaped golf courses, a fancy dining scene, and plenty of events from music to theatre, you will find plenty to keep you occupied in Aberdeen.
Things to do in Aberdeen
Aberdeen is a lovely place, with a plethora of historical and cultural attractions, but you should start your stay in this city with a visit to Saint Machar’s Cathedral, a 12th century church, that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into the set of a medieval movie. In fact, there are several medieval structures you can see here in Aberdeen, such as the 14th century Tolbooth that was once a functioning prison and town hall. It is now a museum, where you can see some fairly gruesome artefacts, including a guillotine blade.
If you have time, you should make your way to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum to learn about the seafaring side of this coastal city. The other important museum in town is Provost Skene’s House, it is the oldest standing home in the city, and you can learn how people lived, what they wore, and what they used in their daily life a few hundred years ago.
Then amble down Union Street, Aberdeen’s main thoroughfare, and a great way to get to know this city. There are lots of restaurants and cafes you can grab a bite in, as well as a great variety of shops where you can look for local souvenirs in. Lastly, this street is also popular for its numerous pubs where you can sit down and enjoy a dram of whisky.
Best time to visit Aberdeen
· Summers in Scotland are pretty and sunny (for the most part), and you are likely to encounter the best of the weather in this season. July and August are typically the warmest months with highs of 20°C.
· Winters are cold, but very atmospheric in this city, with cosy pubs, Christmas lights, and lots of events in this city. Wrap up warm, as average daily temperatures are 3°C.
Arriving in Aberdeen
· Be prepared for two or more layovers on a journey to Aberdeen. Expect these to be in Singapore (SIN), London (LOND), and Amsterdam (AMS).
· British Pound (GBP).
· As Scotland is within the United Kingdom, you will be eligible as an Australian citizen to travel and stay in this country for up to 6 months. If you are planning to stay a little longer, then please utilise the Smart Traveller portal, and their United Kingdom page for more details.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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