Getting around Edinburgh

Things to do in Edinburgh | Getting around

Edinburgh might be steeped in history and covered in a cosy blanket of old-world charm, but its transport system is bang up-to-date. No matter where you’re travelling from in the UK, getting to Edinburgh is straight forward, while moving around the city centre is easy and reasonably priced, too. Paying a flying visit to the city? There are fast, frequent airport bus and tram services which get you from the terminal to your Edinburgh hotel in about half an hour.


Airport transfers

Edinburgh Airport is about five miles west of the city centre and easily accessible by public transport. But, if you’re really smart (or just have a painfully early plane to catch) you might start or end your trip with a great night’s sleep at one of our hotels near Edinburgh Airport. There’s one practically on the terminal doorstep.

The AirLink100 will transport you and your bags between the airport and city centre in about 30 minutes. It runs roughly every 10 minutes between Waverley Bridge in the city centre and Edinburgh Airport Domestic Arrivals. It’s a 24-hour service but between 00:15 and 04:00, you’ll need to catch the N22 not the 100. Tickets can be bought online, directly from the driver or from the kiosk outside the airport bus stop. A range of tickets are available for adults and children with an adult open return costing £7.50.

Edinburgh Airport

Trams are also a great way to get to and from Edinburgh Airport. There are four stops between the start and the end of the line so the entire journey only takes 35 minutes. An open return to and from the airport costs £8.50.


Public transport

Being such a beautiful city surrounded by breathtaking hills, coast and countryside, cycling around Edinburgh is a very popular pastime. If you love exploring by bike, rest assured that all of our Edinburgh hotels are bike friendly.

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.

Being such a beautiful city surrounded by breathtaking hills, coast and countryside, cycling around Edinburgh is a very popular pastime.

Being such a beautiful city surrounded by breathtaking hills, coast and countryside, cycling around Edinburgh is a very popular pastime.

Public transport

If you love exploring by bike, rest assured that all of our Edinburgh hotels are bike friendly.  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.


Train and tram stations

Edinburgh has two major train stations in the city centre: Edinburgh Waverley station and Edinburgh Haymarket station.

You’ll arrive in style if your train takes you to Waverley, Edinburgh's main train station. Covering some 25 acres, it’s also the largest mainline station outside of London with 18 platforms and around 30,000 passengers per day passing through its ticket barriers. With trains every 30 minutes to London’s Kings Cross, as well as services heading out all over the UK, its central location makes it handy for the shops offers easy access for exploring the historic Old Town. Got an early departure - or late arrival? Booking into the Premier Inn hotel near Edinburgh Waverley station can make your travel a breeze.

Edinburgh tram network

About a mile and a half west of Waverley is the newly-refurbished Haymarket - Edinburgh’s second biggest station. It’s just a few minutes away from the city centre, making it an ideal base for exploring some of the capital’s best attractions, including Edinburgh Zoo just ten minutes’ away. With trains to Fife and Glasgow, as well as London’s Kings Cross, we’ve got a hotel near Haymarket Station. Our hub by Premier Inn Edinburgh Haymarket is just a wheelie-suitcase trundle from the station.


Looking for a hotel in Edinburgh?

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