Airport

Most visitors to Edinburgh choose to fly into Edinburgh International Airport which is about 8 miles from the city centre. There are 40 airlines which operate from this airport and offer routes to 90 countries.

The Lothian bus service offers a connection between the airport and the city centre on the Airlink 100 bus service which leaves outside the airport and takes about 25 minutes. Another option is to take a black taxi from the airport to the city centre and this will take about 25 minutes. You can also hire a car at one of the companies located within the airport.

Glasgow Airport is around 37 miles from Edinburgh and there is a bus service which connects the two cities or you can also take the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh also has rail connections to most cities in the rest of the United Kingdom. There are two train stations in Edinburgh; Waverley Station is the main station and is found on Princes Street and Haymarket Station is the second and is located at Haymarket.

The bus service is a great way of visiting other cities in Scotland and the rest of the UK and it is the fastest way to travel between Edinburgh and London.

Edinburgh Harbour is located in Leith and is the departure point for many cruises which leave on a journey to the north of Europe. Or you can travel by ferry with Scottish Ferries from Edinburgh to Belgium or Ireland.

Public Transport

Travelling within Edinburgh is easy and it is even possible to visit all the main tourist attractions by foot.

However, if you want to visit Edinburgh and get to know it and the outskirts, the bus service is the best way to do this as it connects the whole city and the outskirts. The city transport service is operated by two companies, Lothian and First Edinburgh. If you are staying in Edinburgh for a few days you should either buy a daily day saver bus pass or a week pass which will make travelling cheaper.

A tramway is currently being built which will connect the city with the airport, Leith harbour, Newhaven and Granton. It should be available by 2010.

Train is probably the best way to travel outside of Edinburgh and to visit famous places such as the Loch Ness and the Highlands. The rail network consists of six lines which cover the whole city.

You could also hire a car, however, it is difficult to drive within the city due to traffic and it can be hard to find a parking space.

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