Aberdeen Railway Station is located on Guild Street, as part of Union Square. Services that run from here reach the main stations in Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth, Stirling as well as the popular towns around Aberdeen including Inverurie, Stonehaven, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and more. Inter-city, regional and sleeper train services provide services to and from all parts of Great Britain.
A useful left-luggage facility can be accessed from the Train station concourse and you can pick up pre-booked tickets either from the travel centre in the station or from the ticket machines on the concourse. Remember your booking number and take any confirmation emails with you.
Train companies serving Aberdeen are:
East Coast: providing inter-city trains 3 x a day to/from London (King's Cross) via major east-coast cities such as Edinburgh,Newcastle, York and others.
InterCity 125 trains are used which travel at 125mph (200km/h) south of Edinburgh, reaching London in just over 7 hours.
CrossCountry: provides a few inter-city services a day via eastern Scotland to the Borders, Newcastle, Midlands, South West of England and some to as far as Penzance in Cornwall. Voyager trains are used which travel at up to 125mph (200km/h).
ScotRail is currently run by global transportation company First Group. ScotRail trains run frequently between Aberdeen and all Scottish cities as well as many intermediate destinations, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness. Inter-city services typically use Turbostar trains reaching Edinburgh in about 2-and-a-half hours and Glasgow and Inverness in three hours. Local services often use Express Sprinter trains which can reach 90mph.
Scotrail also operates the Caledonian Sleeper overnight train to/from London(Euston), which leaves every night except Saturdays at around 20.30. Twin-berth cabins are provided (with bunk beds), which you may have to share with a same-sex stranger if travelling alone. A lounge car with bar also sells snacks. Alternatively, you can reserve a seat. Having only a seat is very much less comfortable on the 12-hour journey but cheaper than a bed, although "bargain berths" can be available through the website when booking in advance.
We find the most useful website, that checks all trains and timetables on your behalf is www.thetrainline.com
Station Facilities (ABD)
Aberdeen Train Station is managed by Scotrail. There is a Travel Centre with ticket office and information although it is not open in the late evening. There are also automatic ticket machines in the concourse. Tickets purchased in advance (e.g. on the internet) can be collected from any of these machines. The first-class lounge is inside the Travel Centre. Luggage trolleys are provided at a £1 refundable charge and a left-luggage facility is available from the front plaza. A waiting room is on the main concourse, as is a WH Smith store selling books, magazines and snacks. There is also a café. There are toilet facilities (30p charge applies), in addition to those in Union Square (free to all).
Many other shopping and eating facilities are located in the Union Square complex which can be accessed directly through the concourse and is integrated with the station. These include the drugstore Boots, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Marks & Spencer Simply Food and many other shops and restaurants. Facilities at Union Square open late into the evening and also include ATM machines, through-access to the city's bus station, and hotels.
Aberdeen Train Station (ABD)
Parking: First 20 mins free. 20 mins to 4 hours = £3.50. Full day £6