Click on the links below for the full timetables:
305: Oldmeldrum - Aberdeen
(Mon-Fri rush hours only)
35: Elgin - Aberdeen (7 days)
235: Oldmeldrum - Dyce Asda via Kingseat (Mon-Fri)
402: Kingseat - Inverurie (Thu only)
403: Kingseat - Inverurie (Tue only)
290: Methlick/Tarves - Aberdeen (Mon-Sat)
80: JET Connect Dyce - Airport (Mon-Fri)
10: Aberdeen - Bucksburn - A96 - Elgin - Inverness express (7 days)
11: Elgin - Inverness Airport - Inverness (7 days)
Orkney bus: Inverness - Kirkwall (Jun-Aug)
18 - Dyce Asda - Duthie Park
235 - 35 chart of connections to ARI and Aberdeen
235 - 35 chart of connections to Turriff and beyond
235 - 240 (and 35/35A/402/403) chart of connections to Inverurie and Kemnay
Aberdeenshire Council timetable search
TravelLine Scotland Journey Planner
First Bus Aberdeen
The 235 off-peak Oldmeldrum to Dyce Asda via Kingseat and Newmachar provides Kingseat residents with a weekday bus service for getting to the shops and Doctors, Opticians etc in Dyce - click here for the timetable.
When I started writing this Internet page it was as a celebration of how far you could get by bus from Kingseat (for example the trip to Orkney and back all the way from Kingseat described below). Unfortunately the peak hour bus from Kingseat was withdrawn, so most longer journeys have to start or end with a short walk to Newmachar. Meanwhile the Tuesday and Thursday shopping services to Inverurie do continue and the new off peak 235 service will help. So we probably need to use them as much as possible in order to encourage the council and bus companies to keep them running.
General notes on bus ticket prices: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/publictransport/fares/pricing.asp
Return fares can often be bought for only 1.5 times the single fare - see this council information page: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/publictransport/fares/pricing-figures.html
Lets you spend a Tuesday (service 403) or Thursday (service 402) morning shopping in Inverurie. Buses leave Kingseat at 09:15 (Thu) or 09:25 (Tue) and arrive in Inverurie at 09:57 with the return at 12:05 (Thu) or 12:15 (Tue) getting you back to Kingseat for 12:48.
N.B. If you miss the return bus from Inverurie the 240 leaves Inverurie Tesco at 12:56 and gets to Oldmeldrum for 13:14 allowing you to catch the 13:29 service 235 back to Kingseat for 13:44 - which is not that much slower if you need to spend extra time in Inverurie - or you can use this combination of buses to get to Inverurie or Kemnay on any day of the week
Commuting to Aberdeen or Dyce, or thinking of a day trip further north then this service is ideal - the route is: Aberdeen Union Square Bus Station - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary - Dyce - Newmachar - Oldmeldrum - Fyvie - Turriff - Macduff - Banff - Whitehills - Portsoy - Cullen - Portknockie - Findochty - Portessie - Buckie - Portgordon - Fochabers - Lhanbryde - Elgin. This Stagecoach Bluebird bus runs approximately every half hour, but with longer gaps around peak times and evenings/weekends. Additional journeys on the Oldmeldrum to Aberdeen section are run as service 305 by Bains Coaches. Connections from Elgin to Inverness are available with Stagecoach Bluebird services 10 and 11. Following the withdrawal of Bains 404 service you may need to take the short walk to Newmachar to start your journey.
Less frequent than the 35, and a bit of a walk over the hill to the B999 before you start, but the journey to Aberdeen is faster and if you work in Bridge of Don it's rather more convenient. (N.B. This country bus stops anywhere on its route, just hold out your hand to signal that you want it to stop.)
This service connects the 35 to the Airport and the various Dyce Industrial Estates.
If you are thinking of a longer journey how about a few days in Orkney by bus?
The recent change to service 35 means an extra change of buses is required when travelling to Orkney - either at Elgin or at Bucksburn.
If you are travelling light and are happy crossing the A96 at Bucksburn and you are happy that the buses will be on time and that you can change buses in Inverness in only 6 minutes then you can travel all the way from Kingseat as follows:
Catch the 09:51 northbound 235 from Kingseat and get off at the Newmachar Hotel at 09:56, then catch the 10:11 southbound number 35 from Newmachar getting to Bucksburn Police Station at 10:26, cross the A96 to catch the 10:50 northbound service 10 arriving in Inverness at 14:14, board the Orkney bus which leaves Inverness at 14:20 arriving in Kirkwall at 19:30.
Personally, I'd feel happier giving myself time for a leisurely lunch in Inverness to make sure of the connection - I would therefore have to start with the short walk to Newmachar and the northbound service 35 from Newmachar aiming for the 08:26 arriving in Elgin at 11:27 or as a backup the 09:01 from Newmachar arriving in Elgin at 12:01, then giving me a choice from Elgin of service 11 at 11:35 arriving in Inverness at 13:08, or the 12:01 service 10 arriving in Inverness at 13:14 or the 12:05 service 11 arriving at 13:38 or finally the 12:35 service 11 arriving at 14:08.
The return journey starts with the 09:00 Orkney bus from Kirkwall arriving in Inverness at 13:25. The service 11 buses at 13:45 or 14:15 from Inverness get you into Elgin at 15:17 or 15:59 - in time for the 16:10 service 35 arriving in Newmachar at 19:12. Or, you can get to Newmachar half an hour earlier by catching the 14:25 service 10 from Inverness arriving in Bucksburn at 17:46, crossing the A96 and catching the northbound service 35 at 17:58 to arrive in Newmachar at 18:39 - though my experience of the traffic through Dyce at this time of day suggests this bus is quite likely to run late...
Planning onward travel to somewhere different then you may find the TravelLine Scotland Journey Planner, Stagecoach Bluebird or Scottish Citylink websites useful.
The Grasshopper Pass is a useful day or week ticket that allows you to hop off one bus and onto another - it covers the area from Ellon to Stonehaven, and out to Inverurie, Kemnay or Banchory.
Travelling around Aberdeen City then you will need First Bus timetables.