Getting from Aberdeen to London
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and is well known for the older buildings and the outstanding parks and floral displays. It is also well known among students who come from various European countries to study at the University. Although a small city, Aberdeen has a harbor and a beach.
London is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolite cities in the entire world. It is not only United Kingdom’s capital but also an important travel hub in Europe. Should you plan to visit the British Isles and you come from any other place than Europe, your first stop will most likely be London, before connecting to other British cities.
If you take into the account the money spent to travel from the airport to the city center, then the cheapest option is the bus. But it takes 12 hours. For less than £10 more, you can take the train and get between the two cities in about 7 hours. Or you can fly, especially if you can find a good deal into London Gatwick (which is closer to the city center than London Luton).
Flights from Aberdeen (airport code: ABZ) to London
Aberdeen-Dyce Airport (ABZ) is located about 7 miles from the city center and handles both domestic flights and some short-haul European flights. The nearest railway station in Dyce and is connected to be airport by bus.
Out of the 5 airports serving London, only 3 of them handle flights to/from Aberdeen:
- London Gatwick (LGW): it is London’s second busiest airport and handles many low cost carriers. It mostly handles flights to/from Europe and North America. The flights to/from Aberdeen are operated by EasyJet and Flybe.
- London Heathrow (LHR): it is Europe’s busiest airport and is not very used by low cost carriers. You can fly to Heathrow from nearly all European capitals, as well as from all over the world. The flights to/from Aberdeen are operated by bmi and British Airways.
- London Luton (LTN): is the fifth busiest airport in the UK and most flights arriving here are low cost flights from European cities. The flights to/from Aberdeen are operated by EasyJet.
Flying from Aberdeen to either London Gatwick or London Luton costs about the same (from £32 one way on EasyJet in early Spring 2012 to early Summer 2012) but since Luton is located further from London’s center, you’ll actually save some money on transfer. Slightly more expensive are the flights to London Gatwick operated by Flybe.
It’s a good idea to book the flights slightly in advance (4 to 8 weeks) but it doesn’t make sense to book 6 months in advance because many low cost carriers don’t list their fares so far in advance.
Trains from Aberdeen to London
Trains between Aberdeen and London are operated by:
- East Coast : they operate daily trains to London Kings Cross every 40 to 45 minutes. The travel time is between 7 h and 8 h. The super off peak single fare is £138.80.
- First Scot Rail : they operate daily trains to London Kings Cross several times a day. The travel time is 7 h and the cheapest standard single fare is £57.00.
- The Caledonian Sleeper: is the romantic way to get between Aberdeen and London. Trains depart London Euston Mondays to Thursdays at 9:15 p.m. On Fridays the train departs at 8:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 8:15 p.m. The travel time is about 10 hours and the normal single one way fare is £99.60. On the way back, catch the train from Aberdeen at 9:42 p.m. on all days of the week.
Buses from Aberdeen to London
National Express offers coaches between Aberdeen and London Victoria Station. The direct bus leaves Aberdeen at 7 p.m. daily and the travel time is 12 h 10 min. The single fare is £45. On the way back, catch the bus in London at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. The single fare is £20.50. But do keep in mind that these fares change depending on when you do the search and the date of traveling.
Driving from Aberdeen to London
You can also rent a car and drive the 515 miles on M1 to London in about 9 ½ h. Make sure to plan stops along the way.
M1 takes you close to Edinburgh (you might want to explore the city a bit) , while M6 takes you close to Glasgow. The driving times are about the same.
Photo credits: Aberdeen by Cristian Luguzan via Facebook ; London Luton by Cristina Puscas and may not be used without permission