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Easy Ways of Getting to Edinburgh

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As it is the capital of Scotland you have many easy options for getting to Edinburgh, be it by Plane, Train, Automobile or even Boat. With an international airport, two major railways, a cruise port and good road links it is not going to be a problem to find the best option for getting to Edinburgh for a short break.

Transport Options for Getting to Edinburgh

By Plane

If you take a flight to Edinburgh you will land at Edinburgh Airport which lies 5 miles outside the centre of the city. Getting to Edinburgh centre is best done by Bus or Tram which take about 25 minutes depending on time of day. 

The bus service, Airlink 100, runs approximately every 10 minutes 24 hours a day and costs £7.50 for a return ticket.  The tram service operates every 15 minutes between 5.30 and 19:30 and then every 30 minutes till 23.00.  Both services get you right into the centre of Edinburgh.

You always have the option of hiring a car at the airport if you want to get out and about a bit more, but most Edinburgh attractions are accessible on foot or by taxi from the city centre.

If you plan on visiting a few paid attractions in Edinburgh then you may find it worthwhile purchasing an Edinburgh City Pass as it gives you free tickets for the tram.

By Train

Edinburgh has two major railway stations that you can arrive at from other parts of the UK and Scotland. Edinburgh Waverly Station is right in the centre of Edinburgh’s main tourist attractions, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and Calton Hill.  Haymarket is situated to the West of the city centre and closer to Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Scotrail provides services throughout Scotland coming into Edinburgh. 

LNER provides a service up down the East coast of England and Scotland from London to Aberdeen, you can get from London in 5 Hours.

TransPenine Express provides a service from the major cities in the North of England and Scotland, including Manchester, Sheffield Glasgow and Hull.

Virgin Rail provides a service from London, Birmingham and up the West coast into Edinburgh.

And finally if you want to add that something slightly different to your arrival, Enjoy an evening on the Caledonian Sleeper, Go to sleep in London and wake up in Edinburgh.

By Car

Many major roads from Scotland and England reach Edinburgh, the A1 can bring you all the way from London and is a very scenic route along the coast in parts, the M8 brings you in from Glasgow, the M9 from Stirling and the M90 brings you down from Perth.

Travel times to Edinburgh by car are around:-

  • Glasgow, Stirling and Perth – 1 hour
  • Dundee – 1.5 hours
  • Aberdeen and Newcastle – 2.5 hours
  • Inverness – 3.5 hours
  • Manchester – 4 hours
  • Birmingham – 6 hours
  • London – 7 hours

By Boat

Cruise ships can arrive at South Queensferry or Leith, and the cheapest and easiest way to get into the centre of Edinburgh is by bus.  Lothian Buses can be caught at Hawes Pier (from South Queensferry) and will take around 45 minutes or if you dock at Leith then a 5 minute stroll to the Ocean Terminal will get you to a bus stop and a 20 minute bus journey into Edinburgh.

However you travel, getting to Edinburgh should not be difficult and planning your journey should give you ample time for your city break in Edinburgh to be fun and enjoyable.

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