Whether you’re discovering Edinburgh by foot, tram or bus, we have the information you’ll need when exploring the city by day and night. With Edinburgh’s state of the art tram system, the award-winning Lothian buses, and rapidly expanding international airport, getting to and around the city couldn’t be easier for residents and tourists alike.
Edinburgh Airport is located about 8 miles (12km) outside of the city centre and is a hub for national and international flights. It serves over 130 destinations worldwide with 33 airlines, including around 60 flights a day to London (with a one-hour flight time) and connections to more than 20 UK and Ireland hubs, including Birmingham, Manchester, and Belfast.
To travel to/from the city centre and Edinburgh Airport, there are several options: rail, road, bus, cycle, walk.
For those who prefer rail travel, Waverley Station is right in the heart of Edinburgh. There are around 80 trains a day from Edinburgh to Glasgow and 20 a day to London. London is 4hrs20mins by train, while the Edinburgh to Glasgow shuttle runs every 15 minutes and takes roughly 50 minutes.
Haymarket Station is a ten minute walk from Filmhouse, the home of Edinburgh International Film Festival. All trains for Glasgow travel through this station, it is also linked to a number of UK-wide destinations.
Edinburgh sits at the centre of an extensive road network providing links across Scotland and the UK. The M8, Scotland's busiest motorway, connects Edinburgh to Glasgow in 55 minutes and also provides a link to the M74, the main motorway leading to the south.
AROUND EDINBURGH: BUS, CYCLE, WALK
Award-winning Lothian Buses operate day buses running from approximately 04:00 to just after midnight. There is also a NightBus service that runs throughout the night, at least every hour, with some buses departing every 10 minutes at weekends. Most buses are now electric-diesel hybrids.
Edinburgh has a network of cycle paths across the city. For those unafraid of steep hills, cycling in Edinburgh is a great environmentally-friendly way to get around quickly.
Edinburgh’s secret pathways and cobbled winds are often best discovered on foot. Whether you’ve got a short break between screenings or an entire weekend to explore Scotland’s capital, we suggest you take to the streets at least once with map and camera in hand (or neither, if you feel like discovering the city’s hidden gems unguided.
Edinburgh Trams (£5.50 single; £8.50 return) depart every 8-10 minutes from 06:15 to 22:45 and a journey from Edinburgh Airport to York Place takes around 35 minutes. Trams are wheelchair accessible, include free Wi-Fi and luggage racks.
Lothian Buses Airlink (Service 100: £4.50 single; £7.50 return) operates 24 hours a day, departs every 10 minutes and a journey from Edinburgh Airport to Waverley Bridge takes around 35 minutes. Buses are wheelchair accessible, include free Wi-Fi and luggage racks.
Taxis (around £20) typically take around 25 minutes and can usually seat 5 people. Most taxis are wheelchair accessible. To pre book a taxi phone City Cabs on 0131 656 0830 or book online.