Transport in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is a fantastic place to work because it’s a city that never sleeps, full of culture and excitement at all hours of the day. Working here is also made that much easier by the great access to various different types of regular and reliable transport. The main forms of transport in Edinburgh are buses, taxis and trams although there are connections to Edinburgh Airport and various train services available as well. A huge amount of the transport in Edinburgh can also be accessed throughout the day, so getting from home to your office is always easy, no matter what time you need to move around the city.

Edinburgh by Air

Edinburgh airport is the busiest airport in Scotland, with over 10 million passengers passing through it every single year. Second to Edinburgh is Glasgow airport with over 7 million annual passengers, followed closely behind by Aberdeen with over 3 million annual passengers.

Edinburgh airport serves over 40 different airlines travelling to over 100 different destinations worldwide. In the last 10 years over 250 million pounds has been invested in the airport enabling it to expand, modernise and extend its two runways.

Getting to Edinburgh airport from the city centre is extremely easy. It takes around 30 minutes by car and the airport has great short and long stay parking facilities. There are several buses travelling to and from Edinburgh airport from the city centre, including the latest airlink 100 bus which takes you directly from Edinburgh to the airport in just 30 minutes. The tram is also a great way to get to Edinburgh airport taking around 35 minutes from York Place.

Key UK Destinations and Times (direct flights)

Edinburgh to Birmingham – 1 hour 10 minutes

Edinburgh to London – 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes

Edinburgh to Bristol – 1 hour 10 minutes

Edinburgh to Cardiff – 1 hour 40 minutes

Edinburgh to Dublin – 1 hour 10 minutes

Edinburgh to East Midlands – 1 hour 15 minutes

Edinburgh to Manchester – 1 hour 15 minutes

Edinburgh to Norwich – 1 hour 20 minutes

Edinburgh by Train

Edinburgh has two main train stations – Waverley and Haymarket. Waverley is the main train station in Edinburgh, but Haymarket has actually been established longer so has a much deeper historical background in comparison.

Waverley station has 18 platforms and sees 30,000 passengers moving through it every single day.

From Waverley station you can catch; Scotrail – taking you to local and rural areas, East Coast – operating between Edinburgh and London and providing services between Aberdeen and Inverness as well as National Rail and Virgin Trains.

Key Destinations and Times from Edinburgh Waverley Station

Edinburgh Waverley Station to London – 4 hours 21 minutes

Edinburgh Waverley Station to Nottingham – 4 hours 23 minutes

Edinburgh Waverley Station to Bristol – 6 hours 7 minutes

Edinburgh Waverley Station to Glasgow – 1 hour

Edinburgh by Bus

Edinburgh has an extensive bus network enabling you to travel cheaply and easily in and around Edinburgh and The Lothians. If you’re moving around the city a lot, the Lothian Buses Day Ticket is really handy as it enables you to enjoy unlimited travel around the city for one low price. There are also easy connections to destinations further afield from Edinburgh Bus and Coach Station in St Andrews Square. The main two bus routes for Edinburgh are the 113 and the 104 which both travel right through the three main areas.

Edinburgh by Tram

Edinburgh trams are a fairly recent addition to the city’s range of excellent public transport and they travel all the way from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. The tram route contains 15 tram stops which enables bus passengers, flight passengers and train passengers to connect and change modes of transport to get to their chosen destination. There are also five park and ride facilities across the network, providing a cost effective alternative to parking in the city centre. The trams run every ten minutes throughout the day into the late evening

Edinburgh by Car

Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) one of the busiest roads in Scotland. The bypass links together the A1 north-east, the A702 north-west, the M8 towards Glasgow and the A7 south-east and north-west. It also forms part of the E15 which is a European road that takes you through to southern Spain. Parking is really easy to find in Edinburgh – for help and guidance finding the best parking spots click here.

 Edinburgh by Bicycle

If you’re a fan of ‘green’ travel then Edinburgh is more than suited to your travel style. You can share the green bus lanes during busy peak road times, and there are over 50 junctions with advance cycle stop lines. The Innertube Map is a great resource if you want to know how to get around Edinburgh best by bicycle.

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