Bus from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport

Cheapest way to get from Edinburgh Airport to Aberdeen by bus

Updated September 2011

You can travel from Mega Bus UK buses. The journey usually takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes to 3 hours and 40 minutes depending on the bus timetable. Travelling by bus is the cheapest and most convenient way to get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport (EDI), with fares as low as £5.25 for a single journey plus a booking fee of £0.50.

  • Megabus tickets from £5.25 (single) although these very cheap tickets are limited in number and should be booked well in advance.
  • Expect to pay between £10.25 and £19.25 for bus tickets booked at shorter notice.
  • Although Megabus.com operate cheap £1 fares on some routes, these are not available on the Aberdeen to Edinburgh bus service.

NOTE: All of the Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport direct services are run by Megabus Scotland/Scottish CityLink. See our Megabus Scotland in-depth coach guide.

Tickets and times for Megabus UK/Scottish Citylink bus services between Edinburgh Airport and Aberdeen.

Why Travel by Bus to Edinburgh Airport from Aberdeen Instead of Train?

It is far more convenient to travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport and vice versa by bus than it is by train as there is no train station at Edinburgh Airport. If you want to travel by train, you need to first go from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Waverley or Edinburgh Haymarket railway stations and then catch the Airlink 100 bus which runs every 10 or 20 minutes and takes around another half hour.

It is also usually far cheaper to travel between Aberdeen (ABD) and Edinburgh by bus than it is to travel by train. The cheapest Off-Peak Return train ticket to Edinburgh Haymarket (HYM) or Edinburgh Waverley (EDB) is around £20 and takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. However, tickets booked at shorter notice are usually far more than this and journeys can cost well over £50, which is double the price of the highest fare charged by Megabus.com. You also need to pay for the Airlink 100 bus ticket from the centre of Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport which costs £3.50 for a single journey or £6 return.

Bus Times from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

This is a frequent direct service with buses leaving from Aberdeen Bus Station or Edinburgh Airport approximately every hour. Megabus Scotland/Citylink operate a daytime and evening bus service but there are no night buses operating on this route. All buses depart from and arrive at Aberdeen Bus Station and Edinburgh Airport.

Megabus/Citylink Aberdeen Buses to Edinburgh Airport

Bus Times from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport (day/evening buses)

From Aberdeen Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday  
First bus to Edinburgh Airport 06:35 06:35 06:35 06:35 06:35 06:35 06:35 Book Mega Bus Ticket
Last bus to Edinburgh Airport 19:15 19:15 19:15 19:15 19:15 19:15 19:15 Book Mega Bus Ticket

Bus Times from Edinburgh Airport to Aberdeen (day/evening buses)

From Edinburgh Airport Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday  
First bus to Aberdeen

08:30

08:30 08:30 08:30 08:30 08:15 10:15 Book Mega Bus Ticket
Last bus to Aberdeen 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 20:45 Book Mega Bus Ticket

NOTE: the schedule of buses may change without notice. Please double check with Megabus.com for the latest travel times for getting to Aberdeen or Airport in Edinburgh.

First and last buses from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport operated by Megabus.com

Buses generally run every hour throughout the day, although bus times are less frequent in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening.

First buses

The first bus from Aberdeen leaves at 06:35 in the morning and arrives at Edinburgh Airport at 10:05 in the morning.

Last buses

The last bus from Aberdeen departs at 19:15 in the evening, getting into Edinburgh Airport at 22:40 in the evening.

The bus times are not suitable for catching very early morning flights unless you are planning to stay in a hotel near Edinburgh Airport overnight.

Night buses

There are no night buses from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport.

First and last buses from Edinburgh Airport to Aberdeen operated by Megabus.com

Buses usually run every hour throughout the day, although bus times are less frequent in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening.

First buses

The first direct bus from Edinburgh Airport leaves at 08:30 in the morning, arriving in Aberdeen at 11:45 in the morning except on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the first bus leaves Edinburgh Airport at 08:15, reaching Aberdeen at 11:45 am.

On Sunday the first bus departs Edinburgh Airport at 10:15, reaching Aberdeen at 13:45 in the afternoon.

Last buses

The last bus leaves Edinburgh Airport at 20:45 in the evening, arriving in Aberdeen at midnight.

Night buses

There are no night buses from Edinburgh Airport to Aberdeen.

How long does it take to get from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport by bus?

The journey takes around 3 hours and 20 to 40 minutes.

How much does the bus ticket from Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport cost?

You can buy your Megabus (Scottish Citylink) bus ticket online.

  • Return tickets for the Megabus Aberdeen to Edinburgh Airport route are made up of two single tickets, there is no discount for a return journey, although you only pay for the £0.50 reservation fee once if you book a return journey.
  • Cheap tickets can cost from as little as £5.25 for a single ticket if booked well in advance, plus a booking fee of £0.50, but fares at this low price are limited so you are advised to book ahead.
  • The standard fare costs between £10.25 and £19.25, depending on how far in advance you are able to book.
  • If you book your ticket within a week or so of departure be prepared to pay either £12.25, £15.25, £17.75 or as much as £19.25 for a single ticket, although it depends on which departure time you choose.
  • Free tickets are available for those entitled to an Entitlement Card for the elderly and disabled.
  • Student cheap fares which include a 10 % reduction from the regular price are available for holders of the National Union of Students (NUS) Extra card.
  • All tickets are subject to a reservation fee of £0.50

As cheap tickets are strictly limited, make sure that you book well in advance for travel at peak times such as Bank Holidays, half-term, Christmas holidays and the Easter holidays.

Book Aberdeen - Edinburgh Airport bus tickets

Where does the bus between Aberdeen and Edinburgh Airport stop?

The Megabus Scotland/Citylink buses leave Aberdeen, stopping off at Dundee, Perth, Kinross and Inverkeithing before arriving in Edinburgh Airport.

Where do the buses leave from?

The Megabus/Scottish Citylink buses travelling between Aberdeen and Edinburgh Airport leave from the following bus stations:

Address of Aberdeen Bus Station

Guild Street
Aberdeen
Scotland
Postcode: AB11 6NJ
Tel: +44 (1224) 597 590

Address of Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport
Scotland
EH12 9DN
Tel: +44 (0) 844 481 8989 (general enquiries) or
Tel: +44 (0) 871 200 2233 (Traveline Scotland)
(Phone numbers as per Edinburgh Airport official website)

Buses stop on the terminal forecourt outside of the main entrance.

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