Trains to Aberdeen

Cheap Trains to Aberdeen

When I was 12, we went from Glasgow to Aberdeen on a school trip. It was called “fresh air fortnight.” Billy Connolly

Known as the Granite City, most of the structures in Aberdeen are a beautiful, silvery-grey granite that sparkles on a sunny day. Aberdeen is a centre for Britain’s North Sea oil industry which has made Aberdeen one of the costliest places to live in the UK but don’t let that stop you from discovering this lovely city. Most of its cultural attractions, including the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Maritime Museum, are free!

Tip 1: Booking in advance can make it easier to save money on Aberdeen train tickets
To enable you to get cheap train tickets to Aberdeen, we would advise you try to book early. Advance tickets to Aberdeen can be bought up to 12 weeks ahead of your travel date as many train companies release them at this point. These lower-priced tickets are popular, easy to find and can sell out quickly so it is advisable to book as early as you possibly can to get the biggest savings. If you need to leave buying your ticket until the day of travel then these advance tickets are sometimes still available up until one hour before your train is due to depart the train station. If you follow this tip you should always be able to get cheap rail tickets in UK

Tip 2: Avoid booking fees when possible
Booking fees can bump up the price of your travel, so we advise that you try and avoid paying them on your train to Aberdeen. Many ticket retailers charge them but we don't and we never charge you for using your credit card either. If we save you money by splitting your fare we will deduct 10%just off what you have saved by splitting. No split= no charge.

Tip 3: Refunds are available on most train journeys
Sadly, there is no guarantee that your train to Aberdeen will not be delayed, especially if you are going a long way and having to make changes. When taking trains to Aberdeen this may be the case, especially if you are coming all the way from London via Edinburgh for example. If your train is delayed, either at the time of departure or en route it is possible that you could be eligible for a full or partial refund using the Delay Repay scheme. You will need to check the policy of the train operating company you're travelling with to find out what their minimum delay is and apply for compensation through them. Although the delay may have been annoying, at least it has meant you got cheap train tickets and were able to save money.

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Tip 4: Quieter routes can get you cheap train tickets to Aberdeen
A good way to find cheap train tickets to The Granite City is to avoid the more popular routes and busier city centre stations on your way. This is because the price of train tickets are higher when demand is greater and lower when demand isn't as high. If you book tickets which avoid Aberdeen at weekends, during popular holiday times and in rush hours this can help get you cheap train tickets. This information can be provided for you automatically if you search for and buy your tickets with us.

Tip 5: Travel as a group using groupsave to get the cheapest train tickets to Aberdeen
If you are going to Aberdeen with a group of colleagues or with friends you can make savings by buying your tickets together and taking the same off-peak trains, the discount applies for between 3-9 passengers. You can get up to 1/3 off and this is automatically applied at checkout making it cheaper to travel to the east coast of Scotland. The easiest way of getting your tickets is to collect using E-Tickets and then forwarding them to the other members of the group. This will save you the hassle of having to handle the numerous paper tickets which might be produced by splitting your fare.

The railway station is located in the city centre of Aberdeen, at Guild Street, next to Union Street. It’s the busiest station in northern Scotland, providing inter-city, regional and sleeper train services. The journey from Montrose and Stonehaven to Aberdeen is one of the most scenic train rides in Britain. Spectacular cliffs rise from the North Sea below, and the view is even more impressive at sunrise.

Tip 6: Two single tickets may be cheaper than a return
When taking the train to Aberdeen often you will want to make a return journey and you might automatically think that a return fare is the best option. However, it can be the case that two singles works out cheaper than a return, so check them before you book. Split My Fare automatically checks the different combinations to find you the lowest fare for your journey.

Tip 7: Taking a slower train could save you money on train tickets to Aberdeen
When you are coming a long way by train to Aberdeen you might want to choose the quickest possible route, especially if you are in a rush to reach your destination but this may not normally be the cheapest way to make your journey. If you're not in a hurry it can be cheaper for you to travel on a slower train and even make changes at other stations en route rather than using direct trains. We automatically show you the cheapest journey options available but if you want the fastest you can choose to only see those too.

Tip 8: Going 1st class may not be as expensive as you might think
Your journey to Aberdeen could be a long one, especially if you are travellng from the South of England to the North East of Scotland, you might have considered going first class but feel that it would cost too much. This may not necessarily be the case as the price of tickets fluctuates depending on demand, so if not many first-class tickets are sold the price could be similar to or even cheaper than a standard fare. It is worth using the drop-down on our website to compare prices and check whether first-class tickets are cheapest. If you do travel first-class you will have the comfort of more room with bigger seats and having free hot drinks and food. This means you will reach the Granite City having had a nice, relaxing journey.

The Aberdeen Maritime Museum overlooks the nautical bustle of the Aberdeen Harbour and is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Centred in a three-storey replica of a North Sea oil platform, the museum explains everything that you need to know about the fuel industry. Another museum to visit is the Gordon Highlanders Museum, holding the history of one of the most famous fighting units of the British Army.

For art lovers, the Aberdeen Art Gallery is a great place to visit. The stylish, marble-lined gallery space exhibits the great works of contemporary English and Scottish painters such as Stephen Conroy, Gwen Hardie and Trevor Sutton.

Tip 9: A railcard could get you the cheapest train journeys to Aberdeen train station
For regular travellers to Aberdeen, a railcard is a great asset and provides a useful way to help save money every time you travel by rail. Even if you only use your card as little as three times a year it can save you money. There are many types of card for you to buy, with specific cards that meet the needs of lots of different people. You can check the railcard website to get the best type for you.

The Two Together Railcard is £30 per year and gives 1/3 off. The Family and Friends Railcard offers 60% off for children and 1/3 off for most adults; it can be used for up to 4 adult passengers and four children, making it cheaper to travel with a big family or friends with kids. The Disabled Persons Railcard is also £30 and gives a 1/3 discount. The Senior Railcard is for over 60’s and three years costs just £70. There are Network Railcard, 16-25, 26-30 and HM forces Railcards. All cards are available from your nearest National Rail Ticket Office.

Tip 10 : Be flexible when buying train tickets to Aberdeen
When looking for the cheapest way to book train tickets to Aberdeen the most important strategy is to be as flexible as possible. Being willing to change your plans and go on a slightly different date, day of the week or time of day or even via a different train station can all be great tools in helping you find the cheapest train tickets. Use our journey planner to help you find the best options to ensure you spend the least money possible. Obviously, you may not have flexibility around when you depart or when you want to arrive at your destination but if it is possible to be flexible it will help you find the cheapest train to Aberdeen.

Frequently Asked Questions

🚉 How do I get to Aberdeen?

You can get to Aberdeen from Edinburgh by train in under 3 hours, with services running regularly.

💼 Is Aberdeen worth visiting?

Aberdeen is worth visiting, with lots to do in the City and with it positioned on the coast and near the mountains, there's also plenty to do outdoors.

✨ What is Aberdeen famous for?

Aberdeen is famous for its maritime history, with a strong fishing and shipping industry.