Festivals – Transport

Getting to Edinburgh


Edinburgh is served by an International Airport with regular flights and good rail and road links. See here for info.

Walking

Most venues are within walking distance of the centre, and are a great way to get to know the city. During the Festival some main routes are closed to traffic, such as parts of the Royal Mile so it is often quicker to walk than get a bus or taxi. It also allows you t o get a feel for the Festival with buskers and leafleters promoting their shows.

Bus

Buses are your cheapest option and Lothian Bus information can be found here and First Bus here.

Lothian Bus servers most of the City of Edinburgh. A single journey (of any length) is £1.30 or a day ticket is £3.30. Exact change is required when boarding. Alternatively, you can buy a book of single tickets or day tickets from the Lothian Bus shops or a weekly or monthly bus pass. Night buses run on certain routes through the night and the day tickets are not valid on them.

There is also an Apple app that tells you when the next bus is due at a particular stop (you can also access this online) plus bus routes. More details are at www.lothianbuses.com

Taxis

Edinburgh has a number of black cab firms that can pickup in the street, or from a taxi rank. If their light is on, they are available for hire. At night, they will often prioritize picking up from ranks rather than from the street. There are also private hire firms that can only pickup arranged bookings made over the telephone.

Taxis in Edinburgh can be expensive but there are a number of firms you can choose from.

Central Taxis : City Cabs (black cabs) taxi Edinburgh

Car

Edinburgh is very expensive if you want to park, plus some streets such as Princes Street are closed to cars. Pay and display on the street and car parks are available around the city and there is an option to pay by mobile phone on some of them. There are also spaces marked “Residents Parking”. These are only available for local residents who have purchased a permit and you will be ticketed and towed away if you park in them. There are a number of park and ride schemes around the Edinburgh bypass, with access to the city centre either by train or bus, that are a cheaper option.

Railway

The two main stations in the city centre are Waverley and Haymarket. Most trains will stop at both.

Rickshaw!

The more adventurous can live the festival experience to the full and take a rickshaw.

Guide courtesy of Alison Metcalfe (Ed Skeptics Treasurer)