There are two major bus companies operating in Aberdeen, First Bus and Stagecoach. Stagecoach operate the most convenient bus from the airport to the city centre and First Bus operate the majority of the city based routes.
A Grasshopper pass can be used on busses operated by both companies. You can purchase this on the bus from the driver and you can buy a pass for one day or one week. Zone one includes the airport and the majority of city destinations.
The First Bus mTickets App allows you to buy your bus tickets using your phone. Simply buy your ticket, activate it on the day or week required, show your phone to the driver and off you go!
A range of taxi companies operate in the city – all registered taxis have a taxi number plate on the rear of the vehicle. There is a rank at the airport as well as a number of ranks around the city. Your hotel will also be happy to book a taxi for you should you wish – it is advisable to book in advance if you can – particularly for busy times and if you need to be at your destination for a certain time.
A taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost in the region of £25.00 - £30.00. A taxi from the city centre to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (the conference venue) in the region of £10.00 - £15.00 – depending on your exact pick up and drop off points.
Aberdeen is a relatively compact city – and you can walk to many locations. The University of Aberdeen’s King’s College campus is a 20 – 30 minute walk from the city centre. The AECC is a little further at roughly 50 minutes from the city centre. Aberdeen is a safe city with a low crime rate, however be sensible about when and where you walk. Behave as you would do at home. Be alert when walking alone, especially after dark.