Ports – Aberdeen

Jamieson’s Quay, Aberdeen, AB11 5NP, United Kingdom

Please note: Aberdeen City Council will be undertaking planned resurfacing works on Market Street from 24th to 30th May 2022. Please ensure that you allow additional time to travel to and from Aberdeen Terminal.

Aberdeen Ferry Terminal is located within the historic city of Aberdeen on the North East coast of Scotland. The port is a very convenient port of departure, being located just 125 miles from Edinburgh and 145 miles from Glasgow. Aberdeen is served well by all forms of public transport.

At the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal, there is a real time information screen, a tourist information display and a 727 Jet Bus bus stop outside.

Before travelling please remember to check the Service Update webpage.

Aberdeen Bus, Ferry, and Airport Connections

  • Bus
    Aberdeen Bus Station is located less than one mile from the ferry terminal. Local bus services are operated by First Aberdeen and longer distance services are operated by Citylink and Megabus.
  • Train
    Aberdeen Railway Station is located less than one mile from the ferry terminal. There are regular services to/from Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow with onward connections
  • Airport
    Aberdeen Airport is located 7 miles from the ferry Several airlines provide regular services to/from major British and European cities.

For more detail, please visit Aberdeen Travel Connections

Inside Aberdeen Ferry Terminal
Inside Aberdeen Ferry Terminal photo © Copyright Colin Keldie

Aberdeen Ferry Terminal Facilities

  • Ticket Sales and Enquiries
  • Payphone
  • Hot and Cold Drinks Vending Machines
  • Left luggage
  • Lift
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilet
Aberdeen Ferry Terminal Accessibility information

Luggage

The left luggage facility is available to passengers who are booked for the same day’s sailing. Luggage can be left from 08:00 and must be collected before check-in closes.

Luggage must be labelled for the onward voyage (e.g. Kirkwall or Lerwick).

It is the responsibility of passengers to transfer their own luggage from the left luggage facility to the luggage trolleys. The ability to leave luggage ends 2 hrs 15 mins before the ship’s departure (though luggage can still be collected until check-in closes). All items of baggage are left at the owners risk and maybe subject to searching if regulations require.

Parking at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal

Car parking (hourly/daily rates apply) is available nearby the Aberdeen Terminal at

  • The car park at Commercial Quay is operated by Aberdeen Harbour Board. Parking is allowed for a maximum of 72hrs.
  • Union Square (https://www.unionsquareaberdeen.com/parking) which is a 3 minute walk away. This is surface parking for standard parking bay size vehicles, with no height restriction.
  • NCP Ship Row (https://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/aberdeen-shiprow/) which is a 15 minute walk away. There is a height restriction of 1.9m. A discount is available to NorthLink Ferries passengers with a validated NCP ticket (tickets are validated on return in the NorthLink Ferries Terminal Aberdeen and prices are £9 for each of the first 3 days and £6 for each day after that.) Please note: This discount is subject to change by NCP without notice.
  • Parking for oversized vehicles / vehicles with tows is available at Aberdeen Beach Boulevard and Esplanade.

Shopmobility Aberdeen in Union Square have a wide range of mobility items for people to use in Aberdeen. Visit the Shopmobility website for more information. The charity can deliver and collect to and from the NorthLink Aberdeen Terminal.

For departing passengers: checking in at Aberdeen

Check-in at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal commences two hours prior to departure. Car drivers are recommended to check in at least one hour prior to departure.

Check-in closes 30 minutes prior to departure.

For arriving passengers: in the morning

Drivers must come down to the car deck (when called) to remove the vehicle from the ship. Foot passengers are welcome to stay onboard until 08:00 and leave by the passenger walkway.

There is a bus stop just outside the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal for the 727 Jet Bus service to Aberdeen Airport. The service will operate at the following times:

Monday to Friday
07:52 Leaves NorthLink Aberdeen terminal / 08:44 Arrives Aberdeen Airport
15:10 Leaves Aberdeen Airport / 15:51 Arrives NorthLink Aberdeen Terminal
17:10 Leaves Aberdeen Airport / 17:51 Arrives NorthLink Aberdeen Terminal
Saturday & Sunday
07:20 Leaves NorthLink Aberdeen terminal / 08:02 Arrives Aberdeen Airport
15:20 Leaves Aberdeen Airport / 15:51 Arrives NorthLink Aberdeen Terminal

Please be aware that the 727 Jet Bus also calls in more regularly at nearby Union Square. For more details about this daily service please visit the Stagecoach website.

Aberdeen Terminal Breakfast Parking

Please note that we now have a designated parking area for those passengers wishing to return to the ship for breakfast.

Please enter and exit spaces via lane 10. Thank you.

Checking in at Aberdeen

As the Aberdeen terminal is in the city centre, passengers should allow sufficient time if arriving by car. Check-in at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal commences two hours prior to departure. Car drivers are recommended to check in at least one hour prior to departure.

Check-in closes 30 minutes prior to departure.

Aberdeen Ferry Terminal Opening Hours

Monday06:45 - 19:00
Tuesday 06:45 - 17:00
Tuesday *06:45 - 19:00
Wednesday06:45 - 19:00
Thursday06:45 - 17:00
Friday06:45 - 19:00
Saturday06:45 - 17:00
Sunday 06:45 - 17:00
* 19:00 closing from 1st Jan - 31st Mar, and 1st Nov - 31st Dec.

Streetview tour of the Aberdeen Terminal

Greener travel – Electric charging infrastructure

Our terminal has car, bikes and scooter charge points available.
3 x 7kW charge units and 6 connectors.

See the Aberdeen city Council website for further vehicle chargepoints. Alternatively, visit the Zap-map website or download the app to view electric charge points in the locality.

Greener travel – Active Travel

Transport Scotland is committed to increasing levels of cycling and walking for transport and leisure. It goes without saying that walking and cycling benefits an individual’s physical health, but it also provides wider mental health and wellbeing benefits, reduces environmental impacts and helps to keep people’s transport costs down. 

Transport Scotland is committed to making it easier for everyone to incorporate active travel choices into their daily routines and Serco NorthLink Ferries shares this vision.

Why not take advantage of walking and cycling options more often?

A cycling shelter with storage stands for 6 cycles and a bike repair stand with tools is available at the terminal. Furthermore 80 sheltered storage stands are available at Aberdeen rail station.

Cycling maps are available:
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/roads-transport-and-parking/cycling-aberdeen/cycling-maps

More details on cycle safety can be accessed here:
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/roads-transport-and-parking/cycling-aberdeen#2004

Greener travel – Car-sharing

Why not consider sharing your car journeys with people on similar routes / times? This helps to save money and improve our local air quality and wellbeing.

Header image: Aberdeen harbour from the air photo © Copyright Nick McCaffrey