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Transport Information

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Transport Information

There are many ways that you can get to the Robert Gordon University campus.

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Our main Garthdee campus is well served by a number of bus routes, and Aberdeen is easily accessible by air, train and car. Excellent public transport links and easily accessible campuses make it very easy for you to find us.


First Aberdeen services 1 & 2 operate between the City Centre and the Garthdee Campus. Services 1 and 2 travel from the Bridge of Don to Garthdee and back, via Union Street, every 4 minutes or less at peak times.

Ticket options available to both staff and students:

  • Pay the driver on the bus for a single fare or a day return (students must show ID card)
  • Staff and students: a weekly/4 weekly/12 weekly pass can be bought in advance
  • Students: an academic year ticket is available

Changes to Services

First Aberdeen services have altered their routes and capacity on board due to current circumstances.

First Bus are operating a reduced capacity on board – with just 50% of seats available in order to enhance social distancing. In the event that your bus is full, a ‘bus full’ message will display on the bus destination screen. You can use tools such as Space Checker, and live seat availability on the First Bus app to help you plan travel.

Extended Bus Service

From 30 November, First Bus will be running an extended bus service. This means that bus services from the campus will continue to run through midnight (every 30 minutes) with the last bus departing the stop in front of Sir Ian Wood Building at 4 AM. A full schedule of the bus service is available on First Bus.

Mobile Ticketing

Tickets can be purchased using the mTicket mobile app.  It is a convenient way to purchase and store your bus ticket.

Where to buy tickets in advance

  • All tickets are available to buy from First Travel Centre, 47 Union Street, Aberdeen
    (Monday to Friday 09.00 - 17.30 and Saturday 09.00 - 16.30 ) and the First Depot, King Street, Aberdeen
  • Student Weekly/4 Weekly/15 Weekly/Carnet tickets are also available to buy from Student Union Shop, The Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee 
    (Monday to Friday 09.00 - 16.30) 

Space Checker

Space Checker is the new tool available from First Bus, which allows you to identify a time of day when your service may be busy, and select a quieter time to travel.  The platform uses passenger data to predict busy and quiet periods on your chosen service, up to seven days in advance. Ideal if you can be flexible with the time you travel and want to plan ahead. 


Robert Gordon University encourages cycling as a healthy, cheap and environmentally friendly way to get to University.

There is cycle parking across campus, and there are lockers and changing facilities in most buildings.

The best way to cycle to Garthdee is along the old Deeside Railway Line, but more experienced cyclist may choose to use alternative routes.


Garthdee Campus is best accessed from the station by either taxi or bus from Aberdeen Rail Station.

Taxi will take approximately 15 minutes and will cost around £12.

If you are travelling from Aberdeen Rail Station, you can add a PlusBus ticket to your train ticket, giving you unlimited bus travel around Aberdeen. Bus numbers 1 or 2 are covered by this and take you straight to the Garthdee Campus.

Bus directions to Garthdee from Aberdeen Rail Station

  • Exit the station via the steps across from the Station Hotel.
  • Cross Guild Street at the pedestrian crossing and turn to the left.
  • Enter the Mall Trinity, approximately 10 yards ahead. Proceed straight through the Mall Trinity and exit on to Union Street.
  • Turn to the right and proceed to the first bus stop.
  • The number 1 or 2 buses will take you to Garthdee. The bus will take approximately 30 minutes and will cost £2.60. A PlusBus ticket will cost you £3 for unlimited use of buses in Aberdeen or £2 if you have a Railcard.


Aberdeen Airport is 7 miles north of the City Centre. Several airlines operate direct scheduled flights to Aberdeen, from UK and European airports, which include

Getting to Garthdee From the Airport

By Bus:

The Stagecoach 727 services operates a regular frequency from the airport to the city centre. It costs £2.90 and will take approximately 35 minutes (longer at peak times). 

From the city centre to Garthdee, the number 1 or 2 First buses will take you to the Garthdee campus. 

By Taxi:

A taxi from the airport to Garthdee will take approximately 25 minutes (longer at peak times), and will cost approximately £20.

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