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Service 35

Enjoy the scenic views on the service 35 from Aberdeen city to Elgin with stops in Oldmeldrum, Macduff, Banff, Portsoy, Cullen, Buckie and Fochabers in between. From Aberdeen to Banff catch the bus every 30 minutes and from Aberdeen to Elgin up to every hour.

Planning a trip to the shops? We drop you right at the entrance of Union Square so you don't need to go outside unless you want to! Commuting to work or college? With the 35 travelling across a wide area this enables you access to the numerous colleges/universities on the route - don't forget to use your Under 21 discount card! Travelling to ARI? We drop you off right at the door and come and collect you from the same place - so you don't have to travel far to board the 35. 

The service 35 is a pivotal route in North Scotland, we want this route to continually grow, so...


...say hello to brand new buses!brand new 35 buses

On 29th March 2019 we welcomed 15 brand new (deep breath)
smart electric hybrid low floor double decker buses - Phew! – on
your   service 35  route. We invested £3.5 million in 15 brand new
double deckers which increases the capacity by 45% compared to
the coaches, meaning less waiting around for the next bus and better
reliability. The low floors mean the route is more accessible 
for those
who have mobility issues, travel with prams or using wheelchairs. And
for those sitting on the upper deck, get a new point of view and take in
the panoramic views of the beautiful Moray coast. 


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Plan your trip to the Moray with the service 35

The service 35 route has so much to offer, you can have the perfect staycation or a great family day out. Don't just take our word for it, check out The Chaotic's Scot travel blog to inspire your next trip by bus. 

"Despite being relatively remote, this super-scenic stretch of coastline is easy – and enjoyable – to reach on public transport. I explored a section of Moray Coast without a car, and loved it."
The Chaotic Scot

Make sure to tag us in pictures from your trip or use the hashtag #service35.

(Image to the left from The Chaotic Scot blog)


Fantastic Features Available with Service 35


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Wifi-Icon-35 Free Wifi
You can roam the free wifi while we do the driving. All you need to do is select 'Stagecoach' from the list of WiFi networks on your device, launch your web browser where a login page will appear and then follow the on-screen instructions to connect! Done!
USB-Icon-35 USB Charging
Make use of our USB charging ports to charge your electric devices.
Contactless-Icon-35 Contactless Payments
No more searching in the depths of your pockets for change now that we have contactless payments. It takes less than a second to register your payment. All you need to do is tap your contactless enabled card or mobile on our reader to pay.

Times-Icon-35 Live Times
Track your bus on the app for live times so you'll know exactly when it arrives - you can even track the bus whilst you're on board so you know exactly when to get off the bus!


Smart Electric Hybrid
Electric hybrid buses reduce carbon emissions by 30% compared to a standard bus, providing you with a cleaner, smoother and quieter journey. 

Our hybrid vehicles take power from more than one source: a relatively small low emission Euro 6 diesel engine and a highly sophisticated electric motor and battery system.

In standard buses when the driver uses the brake there is friction between the pad and the disc, which slows the bus, but generates significant levels of energy, which is lost in heat. However with an electric hybrid this energy is 'captured' using the motor, acting as a generator and converted to electricity, stored in the batteries for later use.

Low Floor-Icon-35 Low Floor
Low floor buses will improve easy boarding for customers with mobility restrictions and reduce boarding times for wheelchair users. Increasing the accessibility for all our customers

DD-Icon-35 Double Decker
Ok, so this is a obvious one but did you know that using double deckers will offer 45% more capacity for those travelling on the service 35 which means less waiting around if case the bus is full! Not to mention with a double decker you can get panoramic view of the Moray Coast on the upper deck.


Where can you go on the service 35 route?

We've featured some places available at stops in Aberdeen through to Elgin.

There is so much to see on the   service 35  route! You can check where the bus stops are using our journey planner.

Get dropped of right at the door of Union Square in Aberdeen for food, drinks, shops and movies or maybe you fancy booking a wee holiday. Get picked up  straight at the door if your service 35 journey is just beginning.

On the 35 route the buses stop at ARI providing a vital connection for those who live out with the city centre, our low floor deckers will make it easier for those with mobility issues or with prams and wheelchair and will have more capacity to fit as much people as we can. 

For whisky lovers   Oldmeldrum    is the stop for you, Glen Garioch Distillery was founded in 1797 making it one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Glen Garioch Distillery have a range of tours available and you can even pick up a bottle from the visitor centre.

Take a trip to the   Macduff   Aquarium and explore the variety of marine wildlife available, with dive shows and touch pools you can easily spend hours here!

Then stop off in   Banff    and visit Duff House an early Georgian mansion designed for the Earl of Fife, where temporary exhibitions of visiting artists and societies are usually held. Whilst you’re in Banff don’t forget to visit the Spotty Bag Shop, they have everything you could ever want from a shop!

Or why not travel to   Portsoy    for their award-winning artisan ice-cream – you will not be disappointed with the variety of unique flavours.

Making your way along the route you could stop by Cullen for a scenic walk by the iconic bridge towards Findlater Castle which has been consumed by the surrounding landscape – be very careful if you’re investigating. 

Stop for a walk in   Portknockie    and browse at Bow Fiddle Rock, a rock formation so aptly named as it resembles a fiddle bow. Besides its distinctive structure this is also a great place to spot sea birds and very popular amongst photographers.

Find out about the once thriving fishing and shipbuilding port at the   Buckie    and District Fishing Heritage Centre. There is also a chapel that is dedicated to fishermen who lost their lives at sea. The chapel is lit up by the beautiful and colourful stained glass windows.

If you fancy yourself to be a bit of a foodie why not stop by Baxters Highland Village in Fochabers? After a recent refurbishment the restaurant has received high praise with their pancakes being the talk of the town, who would have thought?!  

For historical buffs why not travel to Elgin to see ‘Lantern of the North’ more commonly known as Elgin Cathedral a historic ruin dating back to the 13th Century.   


Where will you go on the 35? 

See our service 35 timetable so you can begin exploring!  

S35 Route Map


Plan your service 35 journey!

Tell us where you’re travelling to and from, so we can show you the exact details for
your journey, simply use the journey planner to the right.

Or why not plan your journey while you’re out, with the app?

You can use the app to plan your journey from wherever - so long as you have your
phone! When you have downloaded the app simply go to the ‘plan a journey’ section,
fill and submit the form and it will create your journey for you.

If that wasn't good enough our app even has live tracking so you can see exactly
where your bus is and find your nearest bus stop too - minimum effort required!


Where can I buy my ticket?

Buy your ticket on the bus...
You can buy your ticket from the driver when boarding the bus - we accept contactless payments so it takes less than a second for your payment to go through.

Buy your ticket online...
Buy your tickets online  and receive a StagecoachSmart - an electronic card that stores your tickets securely!

You can load more than one ticket onto your card, or have multiple cards registered to your account so you can add and manage all your family’s cards.

Buy your ticket on the app... 
Buy your ticket on the   app  so you don't have to go rummaging around trying to find your paper ticket - so long as you have your phone you're covered!

The Stagecoach Bus App is available free on the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android), just search 'Stagecoach Bus' and download.


If I travel in a group is there discount?

We offer group tickets on all our services and group tickets available on our dayrider tickets within different zones. 

A group ticket is ideal for 3 adults; or 2 adults and up to 2 children; or 1 adult and up to 3 children.

Don't forget that Kids go for 50p with Kids Day Out - when accompanied by an adult using a dayrider or megarider ticket on weekends and school holidays.

I need to use different operators on my commute.

Not a problem with the Grasshopper ticket! The grasshopper ticket is our multi-operator ticket option which lets you travel in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, just hop on or hop off any bus.

Whether you need to travel on the routes of more than one operator or you want a bus pass that gives you freedom of choice. There is a Grasshopper student ticket available too, see the Grasshopper page for more information.

What's the best ticket for me?

If you're 16 - 20, the best ticket for you... a Under 21 discount card! We have teamed up with Aberdeenshire Council and Bain’s Coaches to make it easier and more economical for those under the age of 21 to travel around Aberdeenshire by introducing the   Under 21 discount card. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 20 and a frequent user of the 35 you can get 50% discount on the 4 week megarider. Travel more for less!

If you're a student...

...we also have   Unirider Bus Passes.   4 or 13 week tickets are available for you to use throughout the term, pay once and travel as many times as you like. We've even narrowed bus passes into different zones so you can pay only for the zone you travel within.   Student Dayrider tickets   are also available for those who don't travel as often; or are travelling outwith the zones on their Unirider; or if you don't like the commitment of long term bus passes. 

Service 35 is the perfect route to get to Moray College,  North East Scotland College or University of Aberdeen’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

For frequent service 35 travellers...

...we have a variety of tickets for you to choose from, you can find all the ticket options   here.

For those travelling on the 35 regularly you may benefit from getting a weekly megarider ticket which enables you to travel as many times within the week the ticket is active. This is available for the whole 35 route but there is also megarider tickets that only apply to zones if you only travel within a specific zone.   See our zone map here.    Monthly tickets are also available for travelling within zones.

Megariders for travelling within Moray                            Megariders for travelling within Aberdeenshire



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