Travel Help

Getting to Edinburgh is easy! Scotland's capital is well-served by road and rail networks and has both Edinburgh International Airport and Rosyth ferry port within easy reach of the city centre. This section is dedicated to directing you to Travel Information, travel to and around Edinburgh by sea, road, bus/coach, air and rail, travel guides, transport in Edinburgh, directions, street maps of Edinburgh, as well as car hire and automobile rental. The Rail network connects Edinburgh with London in just over 4 hours. The mainland of Europe is now also linked directly to Rosyth by sea from Zeebrugge.

 

All of Edinburgh's access points boast excellent bus, taxi or rail facilities linking them with the city centre.

 

Travelling around Edinburgh

 

Driving in Edinburgh city centre is ‘mission impossible’ at best, especially with Princes Street currently out of bounds for the Edinburgh Tram development. Although the city centre does have a number of multi-storey car parks it can still be a frustrating exercise to find a parking space. There are car parks in the following areas: Lothian Road, Castle Terrace and several around Princes Street.

 

A taxi will prove to be a less traumatic experience. Edinburgh has black cab taxis, which can be hailed as they pass if the ‘for hire’ light is lit or picked up at a taxi rank. If you’d rather phone for a taxi the two main providers are City Cabs and Capital Castle.

 

Walking is probably the best way to get around the city - with something to see at every turn it’s the best way to take it all in. If you’d rather save your energy then Edinburgh’s bus system is the way to go. Your best bet for city centre travel are the purple/maroon “corporate buses” operated by Lothian Regional Transport (LRT). Visit their timetables and fares at www.lothianbuses.com

 

Taking in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh can also be done using pedal power with the Scottish capital boasting one of the most extensive off-road cycle networks in Britain. Several cycle paths and routes take you past the main attractions as well as off the beaten track to exclusive suburbs and along the seafront. You can hire a bicycle for one of number of companies from as little as £10 for half a day.