Plan your visit to Edinburgh

Travel advice

Edinburgh is compact in size, making it easy for visitors to navigate and get from place to place without much struggle. If you're prepared to take on the city's rolling hills, walking around Edinburgh's Old and New Town is easy and a great way to take in the sights and discover the city's many nooks and crannies.

If you don't fancy the workout, Edinburgh's extensive network of bus routes also means its simple to visit even the city's farthest corners – you can travel on any of the Lothian Buses for a low-priced, flat-rate single ticket, which can be purchased on board. Just be sure to have the exact change, or you'll pay a lot more than you have to (and no, the bus driver won't take pity on you).

If you're a bit tech-savvy, you can also download the Lothian Bus App, where you can purchase tickets from your phone, look up schedules and plan your route. Edinburgh's trams – despite being famously late and over budget – now offer a smoother way to travel, and can take you from Princes Street past the Gyle Shopping Centre and Business Park, and right out to the airport. And of course, if you need to go somewhere in a pinch, you can hail one of the hundreds of traditional Edinburgh black cabs, available day and night. Just don’t mention the trams unless you want to get into a political conversation with an angry cabbie…

Where to stay

Where you stay in Edinburgh will depend on what you want to do, but with plenty of hotels in Edinburgh to choose from, you'll never be far from the action.

If it's exploring the country you want, our Premier Inn Haymarket hotel is a stone's throw from the train station and en route to the airport. You can catch a tram into town or jump on a train and make towards the rolling hills of the Highlands and beyond. If you like to be in the heart of the action, our Premier Inn Hotel on Princes Street offers a front row seat to the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh.

Just steps away from some of the best shopping and dining in the city, you can take in the stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat as you stroll and explore this ancient city. With bus and tram stops right on your doorstep, it's the perfect central base. Closer to the University of Edinburgh – the heart of Edinburgh's Festival Fringe – is our Premier  Inn Lauriston Place . From here, it's easy to take a walk through the Meadows or head towards the Grassmarket to relax and quench your thirst with a pint from one of the street's famous pubs. The National Museum is also just around the corner, along with the famous Usher Hall and the Festival Theatre.