Sparkling under endless summer days and shimmering beneath the Northern Lights in winter...


... Aberdeen’s silvery granite heart merges centuries of history and a modern vibe. The oil capital of the UK, its rocking city nightlife is just a stone’s throw from bottlenose dolphins in the harbour. As the locals say, it’s braw.

Flying to Aberdeen

Aberdeen mixes business with pleasure on a daily basis. Previously named as the best place in the country to start a business, Aberdeen has used its oil wealth to create a city full of luxury hotels, vibrant nightspots, a craft beer empire (ever heard of Brewdog?) and links courses golfers travel from all over the globe to take a swing at. Reach Aberdeen International Airport from London City Airport in just under two hours; on arrival it’s just 6.5 miles (10km) to the city centre. From there, bars and fine dining restaurants, the beach, large Victorian parks and imposing granite architecture are all within easy reach.

Flying from London City Airport to Aberdeen: Q&A

Flying directly to Aberdeen is the quickest and most convenient way to reach the granite city. To make your journey even simpler, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about flights from London City Airport to Aberdeen, so you can concentrate on more important things, like planning where to eat.

How long is the flight from London to Aberdeen?

Flying from London City Airport to Aberdeen usually takes just 1 hour 40 minutes runway-to-runway. Some flights take just under two hours – add in the convenience of a 20-minute DLR journey from Bank and an easy 20-second walk from the DLR station to the terminal, it’s still the fastest way to travel 560 miles (900km). On arrival, Aberdeen airport is well-connected to local transport links through to Aberdeen city centre, Peterhead, Inverness and the Highlands.

How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Aberdeen?

There are three direct flights from LCY to Aberdeen each day – two in the morning for the early risers, and one each evening. If you’re in Aberdeen for an important afternoon meeting, morning flights each weekday will have you in town well before dinnertime, giving you plenty of time to freshen up. If you’re planning to explore Aberdeenshire, book a Thursday or Friday evening flight to give yourself plenty of precious long-weekend time.

What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Aberdeen?

When you fly from London City Airport to Aberdeen, you will be most likely to board a Flybe plane. These purple planes fly as many as three times every day between London City Airport and Aberdeen, offering a quick, direct service. When you search, you may find flights between London and Aberdeen at other times of day, but these are usually indirect.

Practical information about flying from London to Aberdeen.

Legally you don’t have to have a passport when flying from London City Airport to Aberdeen as it’s in the UK. However, you should still bring your passport, as you will need some form of ID. Alternatively, you can use a driving licence or another official form of identification. Both airports have free Wi-Fi, bars and a selection of shops to pick up snacks and essentials. Aberdeen International Airport has one terminal and a mix of staffed and self-service check-in desks.

What to expect in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen is a city full of heritage and culture, from the grand galleries and museums of the city centre to the original stone cottages of Footdee. Dining out and then grabbing a cocktail in one of the city’s trendy bars should be top of your list. If the sun’s out, head to the harbour and watch dolphins, or visit the beach where you’ll spot surfers year-round. For more tips, take a look at our essential guide to Aberdeen.