Park & Ride

Park and Ride enables people to combine car and bus or rail journeys, letting the bus or train take them the final leg of their journey, with no need to worry about city centre car parking.

Park & Ride forms an essential part of the solution to reduce traffic within Aberdeen City and encourage mode shift generally to improve local air quality and reduce carbon emissions.


The north east has led the way in the development of bus-based Park and Rides in Scotland and it forms a key strand of the Regional Transport Strategy which aims to create a ring of bus based Park and Ride sites around Aberdeen.

There are five bus based Park & Ride sites in the north east of Scotland at Bridge of Don, Kingswells, Ellon, Craibstone and Newtonhill.

A Park & Ride facility to the south of Aberdeen at Portlethen is still a priority. A site to the south of Aberdeen was identified in the previous RTS and the Scottish Government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review. We will work with Transport Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council to ensure delivery of this facility with attractive journey times and service provision.

Work with both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to ensure that we optimise the use of Park & Ride facilities across the region.

Nestrans will support Aberdeenshire Council in the expansion of the network of mini interchange hubs to improve accessibility in rural areas. These will allow people in more rural parts of the region to access the mainline bus network either by car, feeder bus services, demand responsive transport services, or by or by cycling, walking and wheeling.

Rail park and ride facilities are also available at the region’s nine railway stations.