Click on the links below for the full timetables:
35: Elgin - Aberdeen (7 days)
235: Oldmeldrum - Dyce Asda via Kingseat (Mon-Fri)
305: Oldmeldrum - Aberdeen
(Mon-Fri rush hours only)
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
35/35A/305 chart of Monday-Friday services Oldmeldrum to Newmachar to Aberdeen and back
Aberdeenshire Council timetable search
TraveLine 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 Unfortunately the peak hour bus from Kingseat was withdrawn, so most longer journeys have to start or end with a short walk to Newmachar.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 off peak 235 service helps. 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
35A and 305 - Oldmeldrum to Newmachar to Aberdeen
These buses supplement the main 35 service described below by providing additional journeys on the busy section between Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen. Both routes go straight to and from Aberdeen through Dyce, avoiding Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The 305 provides 3 rush hour services in each direction on Mondays to Fridays. The 35A runs from just after 8am to just before 7pm Monday to Saturday.
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. 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.
A new station bus terminus has been created on the Airport side of Dyce Railway station, allowing larger buses to be used on this service. Aberdeen City have a leaflet dedicated to telling you how to get to the Airport and the Dyce industrial estates: Click on this link to see the A3 Dyce Travel Guide - it includes suggested walking routes from the A947 at Stoneywood (25 minutes from where the 35/35A stops) and details of the special airport buses - including the 80 and 727 - it can often be quicker to get to the airport by changing to the 727 in Bucksburn - but this means crossing the A96 with all your luggage - so the guide is useful in telling you all the different options - and the changes that will come in as the Airport Business Park develops and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route arrives.
If you are thinking of a longer journey how about a few days in Orkney by bus?
Last year's change to service 35 means an extra change of buses is required when travelling to Orkney - either at Elgin or at Bucksburn.
The new 35A service means that you can get all the way to Orkney from Kingseat.
Catch the 09:19 235 from Kingseat and get off in Newmachar at 09:24, then catch the 09:26 southbound number 35A from Newmachar getting to Bucksburn at 09:41, cross the A96 to catch the 09:50 northbound service 10 arriving in Inverness at 13:14, board the Orkney bus which leaves Inverness at 14:20 arriving in Kirkwall at 19:30.
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... Either way you need to complete your journey with the short walk from Newmachar.
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 for £9 per day or there are various intermediate zones available up to £16 per day covering Fraserburgh, Banff, Portsoy, Keith, Braemar and Montrose.
Travelling around Aberdeen City then you will need First Bus timetables.