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Getting around Edinburgh

Edinburgh might be steeped in history and old-world charm but its transport system is decidedly modern and efficient. No matter where you’re travelling from in the UK, getting to Edinburgh is straight-forward. And moving around the city centre is easy, too. It’s also reasonably priced. 

Getting around Edinburgh by bus

Edinburgh trams

Trams are a recent addition to the Edinburgh transport system, having only arrived in 2014. These bright, modern machines run every 8-10 minutes taking about 35 minutes to get from York Place in the New Town to Edinburgh Airport. Along the way, they stop at key places such as Princes Street, Edinburgh Waverley Station and the BT Murrayfield Stadium so they’re a great way for visitors to get around town. Wi-Fi is available on all Edinburgh’s trams.

Getting around Edinburgh by bus

Edinburgh buses

When it comes to buses, Edinburgh is a 24-hour kind of place. Lothian Buses run an excellent service in and around the city centre all day and night. They even claim to have one of the newest bus fleets in the country. Tickets options are flexible, and they can be bought from the bus driver (you’ll need the exact cash) or via your mobile phone. An adult day ticket costs £4, a child day ticket costs £2 and it’s £8.50 for a family of up to two. Lothian also operates open-top bus tours for those who’d rather sit down and see the sights.

Edinburgh trains

Edinburgh has two major train stations in the city centre: Edinburgh Waverley station and Edinburgh Haymarket station. Both are well connected to England and the rest of Scotland, and operate some of the most important routes in the UK. Mainline services connecting Edinburgh directly with London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, York, Preston, Aberdeen and Glasgow. A sleeper train, the Caledonian Sleeper, goes from London Euston to Edinburgh every night.
For fare and timetable details, visit www.thetrainline.com

Cycling in Edinburgh

Being such a beautiful city surrounded by breathtaking hills, coast and countryside, cycling around Edinburgh is a prime cycling destination. However, most of the cycle routes will take you away from the city centre along the Union Canal. for example, or towards the coast at Portobello. If you fancy a leisurely pedal without leaving town, head for Holyrood Park.
Its popular with cyclists thanks to its well surfaced road that’s closed to cars on Sundays.
Alternatively, go on a guided cycling tour with Edinburgh Bike Tours.

Looking for a hotel in Edinburgh?

Whether it's the city centre, next to Edinburgh Castle, or Princes Street, or on the outskirts of town, we have the right hotel for you. Flying in for a business trip and we've hotels next to Edinburgh Airport. And if you're looking for a family-friendly hotel for a weekend break we have those aswell.