Cheap flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen

Located in northeast Scotland, Aberdeen is one of the most popular places to visit for those going north of the border. Aberdeen provides some incredible sights and there is plenty to do no matter what your idea of a great trip is. If you’re planning to visit Aberdeen from London Heathrow, then you shouldn’t have any trouble since flights run regularly throughout the year.

About Heathrow

Heathrow is the largest airport in the UK, with more than 75 million people travel through it each year. It has 4 passenger terminals as well as a cargo terminal. Being such a large airport, it has all the facilities and services you would expect, including -

  • cafes
  • cash machines
  • phone and laptop charging
  • baby changing
  • children’s play areas in select terminals
  • free wi-fi in every terminal building
  • showers
  • currency exchange
  • luxury shops
  • 5 premium lounges
  • group travel services

Getting to Heathrow is quite easy especially travelling from within Greater London, whether you’re going by taxi, tube, car or bus. Any licensed taxi driver will be able to take you to Heathrow without a problem. This is the most convenient option but also often the most expensive, depending on where in London you're travelling from.   

If you’re travelling by car from a nearby city then you can easily get to Heathrow off the M25.

Getting to Heathrow via the London Underground is very convenient, with the airport having 3 stations – one for Terminal 2 and 3 and separate stations for Terminal 4 and 5. You can get tickets at any station and all the stations for Heathrow fall under Travelcard Zone 6.

The Piccadilly Line also now operates a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays for Terminals 2, 3 and 5, however there is currently no service to Terminal 4.

If you want to get to Heathrow by bus, then it has its own central bus station. It operates bus and coach services for all the major locations throughout London and the rest of the UK. It’s open 24 hours a day and connects to Terminals 2 and 3.

Flight Time

If you book a direct flight, then it takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to get from London Heathrow to Aberdeen International Airport.

Getting to the City Centre from Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport is located around 7 miles northwest of central Aberdeen and a taxi ride to the centre will take roughly 25 mins in light traffic. All the taxis at the airport are licensed by Aberdeen City Council and the metered rates are in accordance with council guidelines so you don’t have to worry about being overcharged.

You can expect to pay between £15-20 to get to the city centre and you can pay by cash or credit/debit card.

If you want to get a bus or coach to the city centre, then this is easy enough too. There are regular bus services that run directly from the airport to Aberdeen city centre and it takes roughly 30 mins to get there in moderate traffic conditions.

You can also get to the centre of Aberdeen by train. The nearest station to the airport is Dyce, which is around 2 miles away so you would probably want to take a taxi to get there. Once you get to the station it’s a very quick and cheap journey to the city centre, with a single fare costing £2.50 and taking around 10 minutes.

Things to See & Do in Aberdeen

Aberdeen has some incredible things to see and do. Below are some of the best –

The Aberdeen Art Gallery

If art is your thing then the Aberdeen Art Gallery houses an impressive collection, including 20th century paintings from both Scotland and Britain as well as Victorian and Impressionist pieces. There are also plenty of exhibitions that take place at the gallery throughout the year.

Seaton Park

Seaton Park is one of the largest parks in Aberdeen and is a great place to walk and take in the beautiful scenery. There are multiple pathways throughout the park as well as a central area with flower beds where new flowers are planted each year.  

St Machar's Cathedral

One of the most enjoyable parts of visiting Aberdeen is taking in the city’s breathtaking architecture and St Machar’s Cathedral is one of the most impressive structures it has to offer.

St Machar’s has been a place of worship since 580 AD and has a fascinating history, with the left arm of William Wallace buried within its walls after he was executed and his body distributed around Scotland in 1305.

Duthie Park

If you’re looking for a park where there’s plenty to do, then Duthie Park is a perfect place to visit on a trip to Aberdeen. In addition to having 2 play areas, there is also a fountain, boating pond and basketball court. You will also find a café there and there are a good number of walking paths making it perfect for families, couples and solo travellers alike.

The Lemon Tree

No matter what type of show you might want to see, the chances are you’ll be able to find it at The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen’s premier performing arts venue. The Lemon Tree puts on shows by comedians, jazz musicians, rock bands and operatic performances to name just a few.

Aberdeen Beach

Although Aberdeen isn’t necessarily known for its beach weather, you don’t have to wait for a sunny day to enjoy what Aberdeen Beach has to offer. In addition to the Star Ballroom, there is also an amusement park, marking it a perfect place to visit for those with kids. 

Best time of the year to visit

The best time to visit Aberdeen will depend on what type of experience you’re looking for. If you want to go when the city is at its warmest and busiest then the summer months from June to August is your best bet.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience and cooler temperatures don’t bother you then October and November are great months to visit Aberdeen as the crowds begin to thin out and autumn in the city provides you with some truly spectacular sights.

In the winter months from December until February then Aberdeen does get very cold and travel conditions can be difficult, especially when it snows.

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