Aberdeen is about 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh, about three hours from Glasgow and about nine hours drive from London.

The City of Aberdeen is still relatively welcoming for car users. There is on-street car-parking using the familiar pay-and-display system where you purchase a ticket from a nearby machine and display it in the vehicle.

Illuminated signs on the main roads into the central area of Aberdeen show the number of spaces available in each of the major car parks in the city centre.

Parking violations are now controlled by Aberdeen City Council wardens.

Main Aberdeen car parks

Bon-Accord Centre

Has two car parks, one on Loch Street, one on Harriet Street (off Schoolhill).

Union Square

1,700 spaces (accessible from Market Street, Palmerston Road and South College Street.

The Mall

Accessible from Wapping Street near the railway station.

West North Street

Usually has spaces and is within reasonable walking distance of the Bon Accord Centre.


Multi-storey car park behind His Majesty's Theatre.

Huntly Street

Multi-storey car park near the west end of Union Street, parking is free at the weekends.


Multi-storey car park just off the east end of Union Street. Be warned, though, the exits are extremely tight and definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Park & Ride

Bridge of Don

To the north of Aberdeen, beside the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) beside the A90.


From the Town of Ellon, north of Aberdeen on the A90, into Aberdeen


To the west of Aberdeen, beside the Kingswells Roundabout on the A944.

Roads websites

Traffic Scotland

Roads and traffic information for Scotland. Including estimated journey times and live traffic cameras.

North East Safety Camera Partnership

Details of locations of fixed speed cameras in the North East and which roads are being targeted each week by mobile cameras.
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