Getting Around in Edinburgh
Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is a beautiful city, full of history and brimming with great places for expats to visit and explore. The city itself is quite compact, so it is easy to get around on foot or bike. However, bear in mind it is quite hilly and many of the streets in the city centre have cobbles which make cycling rather challenging!
Those who do make the effort to tackle the gradients will be rewarded with magnificent views all around. The city centre, aside from the rugged cobbled terrain, is certainly cycle friendly - at peak times, cyclists beat the traffic when they are allowed to share the buses' green lanes. Otherwise, bus and train services make getting around Edinburgh and surrounds easy and efficient.
Public transport in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a network of local bus services allowing frequent and cost effective travel. Lothian buses do a DayTicket, which allows unlimited daily travel in and around Edinburgh, and First buses also operate numerous services throughout the Edinburgh area.
Night buses run between midnight and 4am, and while they maintain largely similar routes, timetables do change.
A great way to take in the sights of the city is on one of the many Edinburgh bus tours. Tickets can be bought in person at the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre at 3 Princes Street, or on Waverley Bridge, which is where the tours start.
Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles (12km) west of the city centre and there is an airport link bus, Airlink 100, that runs every 10 minutes to the city centre with designated stops en route. The journey is about 25 minutes, but may take twice as long in rush hour traffic.
Edinburgh has hundreds of black cabs that can be hailed on the street or called for in advance. Travelling by taxi is quite expensive and probably not necessary when surrounded by a network of buses in the city centre. Please note, taxi drivers expect to be tipped, but it is not obligatory!
Expats who wish to take a taxi to the airport can expect around 25 minutes of travel time.
Travelling between Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland can be done by train - all timetables and fares for rail travel throughout the UK can be found at: National Rail Enquiries, (0845 748 4950) or Traveline.