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Travel Tips

Wherever you're coming from, however you choose to travel, getting to Edinburgh is easier than you might think. Whether you choose to take a train, plane, car, coach or boat to the city, Scotland's capital is within your reach.

Excellent rail links throughout the UK make the train a great way to get here. And numerous direct scheduled flights from major airports, both in the UK and overseas, mean a trip to Edinburgh is more than just a flight of fancy. Edinburgh International Airport is 12km (8 miles) west of the city centre and is easy to reach thanks to an excellent - and regular - Airlink Coach service and good taxi services.

However you get here, once you arrive you'll find that getting round is just as simple.

Getting around edinburgh

By Bicycle: If you don't mind the hills, then Edinburgh is a cycle-friendly city.

By Bus: Lothian Buses cover the city centre while First Edinburgh offer commuter links to the outskirts. Main bus stations are at St Andrew Square and Waverley Bridge. The latter has airport services and tourist buses. Buses are reliable, comprehensive and good-value if you invest in a day ticket which can be purchased onboard.

By Car: Edinburgh's narrow, one-way streets and limited/expensive parking make city-centre driving frustrating for all but locals. Car-hire is recommended for excursions out of the city.

By Taxi: Black cabs can be hailed on the street or at taxi ranks. A 10% tip is normal practice.

On Foot: Edinburgh is a lovely city to explore on foot. It takes just 15 minutes to walk the Royal Mile and 15 minutes to walk between the Old Town and the New Town.

Useful telephone numbers

  • Rail enquiries 08457 484950
  • Edinburgh Airport 0870 761 9603
  • Central Taxis 0131 221 2236
  • Radio Cabs 0131 225 9000
  • City Cabs 0131 228 1211
  • Skycabs (Airport) 0131 333 2220
  • Lothian Buses 0131 555 6363

A selection of Day Saver Tickets offer unlimited one-day travel on buses and trains at off-peak times (including weekends and bank holidays). They are available from travel centres, metro stations and selected newsagents.