With an abundance of history, top quality attractions and beautiful architecture, Edinburgh is a city that you won't forget in a hurry. There's lots to fill your time, from unforgettable historic sites and world-class festivals to fantastic shopping and mouth-watering dining. Explore the Medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town, which sit side by side, and visit unique attractions throughout the city on a holiday in Edinburgh. Come visit Edinburgh, one of Time Out's best top cities in the world.
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
Most buses to Edinburgh, including Citylink and National Express, arrive at the Edinburgh Bus Station that is located on St Andrew Square in the city centre.
Edinburgh Airport is directly linked to the city centre 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.
Most train services to Edinburgh end at Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket rail stations. There are regular services from/to other parts of Scotland and the UK on a frequent basis.
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Edinburgh Airport is situated only 5 miles (8 km) to the west of Edinburgh. You can travel from the airport to the city centre by tram, bus, taxi or car. Depending on the time of day, the average journey time can take approximately 25 minutes.
A regular airport bus is operated by Airlink 100 and runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day arriving at Waverley Bridge.
Edinburgh is well linked to the rest of Scotland and UK through an extensive road network, making access to the capital easy by car.
Edinburgh to Glasgow - just over an hour along the M8
Edinburgh to Aberdeen - approximately 2.5 hours
Edinburgh to Inverness - approximately 3.5 hours
Edinbrugh to Newcastle - approximately a 2.5 hour drive
Edinburgh to Manchester and Birmingham - 4 and 6 hours respectively
Bus and coach
The local bus network is second to none. Lothian Buses transports residents and visitors across the city throughout the day and night including a regular 24 hour service to Edinburgh Airport operated by Airlink100, while First Buses connect Edinburgh with towns and villages further afield.
Plan your journey within Edinburgh with Lothian Buses
Plan your journey further afield with First Group
New self-driving bus route
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 York Place in the city centre to Edinburgh Airport in a journey time of approximately 35 minutes.
Find ticket prices and plan your journey with Edinburgh Trams
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.
Places to stay
Whether you’re looking for an elegant 5-star hotel, a quirky B&B, a self-catering apartment or a budget friendly hostel, there are lots of accommodation options throughout Edinburgh.
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Help and advice
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Places to eat
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Routes, Trails & Tours
Edinburgh offers a fantastic range of tours available for something different to do for a day or night out, as well as a great array of routes and trails to discover on foot or by bike.
What's New & Events
Discover Edinburgh's packed programme of events happening throughout the year, as well as new attractions coming to the city soon.
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