Getting to and from College is a big part of day-to-day life as a student. All campuses at North East Scotland College are well located with regards to transport links. For specific information on travelling to and from a particular campus, please see the main campus page.
If you live quite close by to one of our campuses then walking is a great option – it will also help to keep you fit!
Travelling by bike is the most efficient mode of transport and very economical. All our campuses have dedicated areas for bicycle parking. It is recommended to use a strong D lock to secure your bicycle.
The www.cyclestreets.net website is useful for planning cycle routes. There are also maps showing cycling infrastructure and recommended routes on Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council‘s websites.
College Bus Services
The College provides bus transport to our Aberdeen Altens and Fraserburgh Campuses for those who indicate they require this on their full-time application.
Please note that eligibility to access College transport will be checked by our administration team and applicants contacted directly with further information.
These services run subject to demand, and therefore may change from time to time. Please check if a service is running in your area before your course starts — if in doubt call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a charge is made for bus transport unless you are in receipt of a bursary and meet the conditions required for travelling expenses. In this case your transport will be funded from your bursary. The only exception is for those attending Fraserburgh Campus who live in an area only serviced by the College bus.
Aberdeen Altens Campus
The College runs a bus to our Altens Campus to and from Aberdeen City Centre at Union Square Bus Station (excluding holiday periods).
The College provides buses to our Fraserburgh Campus operating from a number of locations including Buckie, Ellon, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead and Turriff.
Public Service Buses
In addition to the College buses, service buses operate from areas across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire including Banff, Macduff, New Aberdour, New Pitsligo, St. Combs. Up–to–date information on these localised routes can be obtained directly from operating bus companies:
Telephone: 01224 650065
Telephone: 01346 513050
Telephone: 0871 200 2233
For those making a long-distance journey, a number of bus operators link Aberdeen with most major cities the UK. These include:
Please note that because free bus travel is now available for under 22’s, students will no longer receive the travel element of a bursary award if they qualify for this scheme. Find out more on the Transport Scotland website.
Aberdeen is on the rapid east cost rail line, which runs frequent daily train services to Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and a number of other cities throughout the UK. Train operators and ticket sites servicing Aberdeen include:
Arriva Cross Country
From the South, the main A90 dual carriageway links Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to the motorway network of central Scotland. From there, you have easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the main motorways of England. From the North, the A96 links Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to Inverness and the Highlands.
Aberdeen International Airport is served by domestic flights from most major UK cities. Aberdeen can also be reached from cities all over the world, and several airlines operate regular flights to and from Aberdeen International Airport.
Visit the Aberdeen Airport website for up-to-date information on routes, airlines and transport links
Regular services run between Aberdeen, Shetland and Orkney. For more information, please visit:
Other useful links
For up-to-date information on travel and how to navigate your way around Aberdeenshire, or Scotland, the following websites will prove useful: