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You're Going to Love Ballater

With a population of 1,550, Ballater is a must-see destination in Scotland, United Kingdom. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

When to visit Ballater

Ballater in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ballater in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Ballater


Although Ballater doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Aberdeen Airport (ABZ), which is located 33 miles from Ballater. Aberdeen Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air France, Delta, KLM and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest flight to Ballater from the United States departs from New York and takes around 9h 35m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Ballater, followed by LNER. The train journey from Ballater to Newcastle upon Tyne takes 4h 15m and costs around $130 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Liverpool, expect to pay about $61 for a 6h 17m trip.


Another option to get to Ballater is to pick up a car rental from Edinburgh, which is about 76 miles from Ballater. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Easirent, among others, in Edinburgh.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ballater, including Megabus, Scottish Citylink and FlixBus. From Edinburgh, the bus ride to Ballater takes 180 miles and will cost you around $24. From Inverness, the ticket costs about $18 for a journey of 295 miles.

Airports near Ballater

Airlines serving Ballater

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
Good (404 reviews)
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,339 reviews)
British Airways
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,225 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (1,462 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (284 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (317 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (337 reviews)
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Brussels Airlines
Good (102 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ballater

Average rates range from around $216 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $181 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ballater

Most booked hotels in Ballater

No 45, Ballater
Excellent (9.5, 338 reviews)
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Craigendarroch Suites Scotland
Excellent (8.1, 154 reviews)
The Deeside Inn
Excellent (8, 1041 reviews)
Braemar Lodge Hotel
Excellent (9, 7 reviews)
Moorfield Guest House
Poor (0, 0 reviews)
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Renting a car in Ballater

Expect to pay $7.31 per gallon in Ballater (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $87.67 and $116.89.