Aberdeen Dyce Airport Car Rental

Airport Basics.....


The Aberdeen airport was opened in the summer of 1934.  Not long thereafter, it was put in service as a military airport, as many other airports around the world were.  Commercial air travel was not nearly as prominent as it would become, of course, so the need for local airports by the militaries around the world didn't necessarily interrupt commercial travel as it would today.

Today, the airport serves near 3 million passengers every year.  This puts it outside the top 100 busiest airports in Europe, but at between 7,000 and 8,000 passengers per day, it is still a very busy little place.

When traveling thru the Aberdeen airport, you should keep in mind that you need to arrive early.  Most experienced travelers know this, but if you're looking to fly internationally, you'll need to be there about two hours before the flight takes off.  If you're planning on traveling to the UK or any Ireland areas, show up about an hour in advance.

Car Rental Companies at the Aberdeen Airport.....
 

The primary Aberdeen to Inverness street, referred to as the A96, is less than one mile from the airport. Although public transportation services around the Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) are considered to be quite good, the airport currently rents out offices to five major car rental companies, giving the renter a better opportunity to get around Aberdeen.  Currently, the car rental companies available at the airport include Avis, Rent-A-Car, Europcar, HERTZ, and National /Alamo.  All are good companies and you could do much worse than these.

                                Directions to Aberdeen from the Airport...

Getting to Aberdeen from the airport is not too difficult.  The total trip is about 10km, and takes less than 20 minutes.  After picking up your car and traveling South on Argyll Road out of the airport facility, you will run into Dyce Dr.  Take a left on Dyce Dr.  Drive on Dyce for a little over 1km and then go left at the traffic circle to A96.  After driving on A96, you will run into another traffic circle.  The traffic circle will offer choices either left to Banff, or right to Aberdeen.  If traveling to Aberdeen, stay right at this traffic circle.  This will put you on Inverurie Road.  Travel another 4km and turn left to stay on the Great Northern Rd (A96).  Continue straight on the next traffic circle into Aberdeen.

When returning your vehicle, reverse the above directions.  Also, remember to re-fuel before returning the rental car back to the airport.  There is a Shell Station at the corner of Dyce and Argyll near the airport.  The station is on the right-hand side of the road - You can't miss it.

Other Amenities at the Aberdeen Airport.....


Travelex has a foreign currency exchange shop set up at the Aberdeen Airport. They tout pretty competitive exchange rates.  It sure won't hurt to inquire.

A World Duty Free shop sits in the departures area.  Wines, whiskeys, cigars and sunglasses (among other things) are for sale here. 

 

Dear Aberdeen airport duty free shop, are you fucking kidding me?

 

 

The shop is located right after the security checkpoint.  There is also an Art exhibit located in the "after security" area.  Most pieces are Scottish in nature, or put together by Scottish artists, at least.  Art that is purchased here generally qualifies for free delivery within a 15 mile radius of the airport.

The Kitchen has a restaurant near the checkpoint before going thru security.  They serve sandwiches and a few hot food dishes as well.  For those looking for a quick jolt of caffeine, you might try the Costa Coffee.  They specialize in Italian coffee and various sandwiches, cakes and pastries.  The Costa has shops situated both before and after security.

 

Costa Coffee at Aberdeen Airport


Rental Car Tips and Driving Distances.....


If you're headed to the city of Aberdeen from the airport you can expect about a 15-20 minute drive.  You will jump on to Argyll Road, then take a left at Dyce Road.  Traveling south, you will then jump on the A96 which will take you all the way into the town of Aberdeen.

Most Aberdeen travelers renting a car at Aberdeen Airport take pleasure in the independence that car rental provides, especially when staying outside of the center of Aberdeen.  A few towns within driving distance of Aberdeen (and some recommendations for your visit) include:

Dundee (try to visit the Broughty Castle Museum)  114 km via the A90.
Kinross (would have to recommend the Breadalbane Folklore Centre here) 170 km.
Stirling  (Have to go to the Stirling Castle - situated at the head of Stirling's Old Town) 201 km.
Glasgow (The City Chambers, of course!) 244 km.
Edinburgh (The Royal Botanical Garden is nice) 213 km.

Below is a picture taken from A96, near Inverurie - about halfway between the Aberdeen Airport and the city of Aberdeen.

 

near inverurie

 


Also, car rental companies will generally have information that may help you in your journies around the city of Aberdeen.  Request maps and driving tips from your any of the car rental agencies before you leave the airport.   Remember, you should bring the car back to the rental car company the car with a full tank of fuel or pay an additional charge, which you do NOT want to do.  Speaking of that, there's a good place to fuel up.  A Shell station sits right next to the road on Argyll Road.  You will see it on the left, when departing in your rental car from the Aberdeen airport.  Make note of it for your return.  An Aberdeen Airport sign will be on the opposite side of the road from the Shell station, which is less than 2 km from the airport.

Rental Cars Available from the Aberdeen Airport.....


You will have a good lineup of vehicles to choose from when renting a car at the Aberdeen Airport.  Compact cars are the norm (usually equipped with diesel motors and standard shift), but there are also SUV's and 7-passenger vans for your journeys near the Aberdeen area.  Luxury cars are also available, but as always, you're at the mercy of the rental car company on exactly what type of luxury car.  Mercedes are often the choice of drivers, but not necessarily the rental car company.

Rental hire car park, Aberdeen Airport - geograph.org.uk - 1753677


As always, is it a good idea to rent your car in weeks in advance, if possible.  This will give you a better chance of finding the automobile that works best for your needs as you putt around Aberdeen.


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