With an abundance of history, top quality attractions and beautiful architecture, Edinburgh is an incredible capital city. Spend your time there at unforgettable historic sites, world-class festivals and incredible cafes and restaurants. This is a UNESCO City of Literature, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Time Out's best top cities in the world.
Map of Edinburgh
Travel to and around Edinburgh
Edinburgh is linked to by an extensive network of roads, rail services and flights which makes travel to the city possible from every corner of the world, while the city's compact size makes exploring easy.
Bus and coach
There are many frequent and affordable bus services that travel from various main cities to Edinburgh daily. Most buses to Edinburgh arrive at the Edinburgh Bus Station that is located on St Andrew Square in the city centre.
There are fast and frequent services to Edinburgh from major UK cities. LNER trains run along the east coast from London, York and Newcastle, while Avanti West Coast run along the west coast from London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Carlisle. Transpenine Express run from Manchester to Edinburgh.
There are two stations - Edinburgh Haymarket to the west of the city centre, and Edinburgh Waverley sits at the east end of Princes Street.
Enjoy a 20% discount on off-peak tickets for Caledonian Sleeper customers.
Scotrail provides an express rail service direct to Edinburgh from many major Scottish cities.
Edinburgh Airport is situated only 5 miles (8 km) to the west of Edinburgh. You can travel from the airport to the city centre in around 30 minutes by bus, tram, taxi or car.
Edinburgh Airport is directly linked through the west of the city, into the city centre and north and east down to Leith and Newhaven via a quick and convenient tram network.
Pre-book your tram ticket online via the Edinburgh Ticket website so you’re ready to go as soon as you arrive. You can access lots of offers and money saving discounts by showing your Edinburgh Ticket at a range of attractions too.
Edinburgh is well linked to the rest of Scotland and UK through an extensive road network, making access to the capital easy by car.
- From Newcastle - 2.5 hours
- From Manchester - 4 hours
- From Birmingham - 6 hours
Edinburgh is easily explored on foot with most key attractions within walking distance of each other. Attractions beyond the city centre can be reached cost effectively by public transport and again explored further by foot.
Bus and coach
Lothian Buses run a service across the city 24 hours a day, while First Buses connect Edinburgh with towns and villages in the Lothians.
New self-driving bus route to Fife
Sit back and take in the views across the Firth of Forth on a self-driving bus! Launching in May 2023, you can travel between two transport exchanges across the Forth Road Bridge.
It’s the most ambitious and complex autonomous bus pilot in the world!
Trams run from Newhaven through Leith to York Place in the city centre and onto Edinburgh Airport which takes just under an hour.
Want to relax and let someone else drive?
Book a tour and hear from a knowledgeable local tour guide as they highlight points of interest, stop off at the best hidden gems and visit the iconic landmarks you’ve heard all about.
There are over 1,000 cabs circulating around the city. You can hail one in the street or pick it up from one of the taxi ranks within the city centre.
A tip from your local expert
Fancy a spot of time travel? Visit The Georgian House and join an expert guide through the sumptuous 18th century interiors reminiscent of Jane Austen novels. Use the dressing up box to get into Regency character, too! A fascinating gem.
Assistant iCentre Manager, Edinburgh
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