The third-largest city in Scotland, with a population of over 220,000, Aberdeen is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city with a rich history. Aberdeen is renowned for its ornate architecture, with many architecturally significant buildings constructed from local granite; as a result the city is often commonly referred to as "The Granite City". Aberdeen is easily accessible from most major European cities, so visitors should be sure to shop around and compare their flight options. The airport is serviced by a number of budget airlines so there are numerous possibilities to find a cheap flight. Remember that the city is also extremely well connected to other airports in the United Kingdom, so a direct flight to London is easy to find. While Aberdeen does not attract quite as many tourists as some other destinations in Scotland, it has an authentic charm and is the perfect location from which to explore the wider region. The area has an abundance of great golf courses, whisky distilleries, and incredible scenery from the mountains to the coast. The city is home to the famous Maritime Museum, which chronicles Aberdeen's long history with the sea. The museum gives an extraordinary insight into the region's successful history with North Sea oil. Visitors should make sure to take a walking tour of the city's famous architectural history. The city has one of the most celebrated cityscapes in modern Britain, and there is a wide range of incredible buildings to see in the city centre, such as Marischal College on Broad Street.
Following your flight, getting from the airport to the city is quite easy, as there are a number of travel options. The 727 bus route (JET) is a reliable and efficient service that runs between the airport and city every 20 minutes during weekdays, and every 30 minutes at evenings and weekends. When you wish to return to the airport, these buses depart from the bus station at Union Square. Getting from the airport by taxi is another good option, a one way trip will cost approximately £20, however be aware that there may be long queues outside the terminal if you arrived on a busy flight. The area of Dyce, which is close to the airport, has a railway station, but it is inconvenient to get to the airport from this station.