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There's much more to the 'Granite City' than its imposing grey walls. A thriving and cosmopolitan city with a sandy beach, Aberdeen was built on the oil industry of the North Sea. That heritage - and the wealth that came with it - has given it some stunning architecture and mesmerising museums, but it's a fun and surprisingly green city too: Union Street boasts over 800 shops, and Aberdeen has won Britain in Bloom an amazing 13 times.

Looking for a night out? Head north of the city centre to the charming Old Aberdeen, a villagey neighbourhood close to King's College and St Machar Cathedral. It has a big student population and plenty of bars to get your teeth into.

If shopping is your thing, make a beeline for Union Street, Belmont Street and George Street, where you'll find every kind of mainstream store. If you fancy something a little more unique, the boutique shops in the West End and in the medieval marketplace of The Green will keep you browsing for hours.

Aberdeen Sports Village is the place to go if you want to get fit, with top-notch sport and exercise facilities including squash courts, a hockey pitch, aquatics centre and a world-class fitness suite. With an outstanding beach, a visit to Aberdeen isn't complete without a tour of its waterside. The harbour should be on the top of the list - dating back to Roman times, today it's the gateway to the UK's North Sea oil industry.

Away from the bustle of the city, a special treat awaits in the tiny fishing hub of Footdee, a short bus ride away. With quaint cobbled streets and a friendly community, it's one of the UK's best-loved villages.

Want to know more? Check out this guide on the best times to visit Aberdeen


What's the cheapest way to get to Aberdeen?

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Aberdeen to help you save money and explore this charming port city. Whether you are getting a train to London for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Aberdeen is by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see out the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy a card online, check out our railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Aberdeen is by purchasing an Advanced ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advanced tickets, the cheaper these tickets will be. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you have a show booked or a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advanced ticket” type when your search for tickets using our Journey Planner. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

Want more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

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