Transportation in Aberdeen

Will I need to drive a vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping)?

Many people drive to work in Aberdeen. However, please be aware of parking restrictions; you should expect to pay for parking in public car parks and on-street parking bays. Driving in Aberdeen is straightforward, with well-maintained roads and clear road signs.
Aberdeen does have a good public transport system.

How can I legally drive a vehicle in Aberdeen?

EU members and those from commonwealth countries can exchange licenses on arrival to the UK.

American citizens will need to take a driving test through the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to obtain a license (after one year in the UK) and obtain insurance, which is a legal requirement.

What side of the road do people drive on?

The left.

Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around Aberdeen.

It is easy to get around Aberdeen by bus and there is an extensive bus network throughout the city.

Aberdeen is also cyclist friendly, with bike hire and parking facilities located throughout.

Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.

Yes, there are frequent coaches/buses and trains to other locations in the UK and to the areas surrounding Aberdeen.

In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?

No, although it is wise to be aware that pickpockets may operate in public transport areas.

Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for major public transportation?

You can obtain tickets at the station. You can also buy tickets at local newsagents, on-line or by phone.
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