Getting to Edinburgh
There are a large selection of travel options for those planning a visit to the Scottish capital. You'll find comfortable day and night coach services operating from major UK cities, alongside extensive rail and air connections. Good road links from across the UK also make driving an easy alternative.
As one of Britain’s fastest growing airports, Edinburgh Airport has grown to accommodate over 40 different airlines flying to and from over 100 destinations, including over 40 daily flights to London. Many of these are low cost carriers flying to Europe providing affordable travel to those who book early enough. Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles (12km) from the city centre and there are regular bus and shuttle services as well as taxi services into the city. A direct tram line takes passengers to the city centre.
To lower the high carbon cost of air travel, we recommend taking a direct long-haul flight to the UK, and travelling by train once here. For the best advice on cheap flights to Edinburgh, visit Skyscanner.
For help getting from the airport into the heart of Edinburgh, follow the clear signage to the Tram stop, or the Airlink bus stop. You can purchase tickets in advance online or once you get to the airport (there is a ticket selling booth outside the terminal, alongside the bus lane). For more information on transport links between the airport and city centre visit Edinburgh Airport.
It’s easy, straightforward and environmentally-friendly to get to Edinburgh by train. London is just 4 hours 30 minutes away, Manchester 3 hours away and Newcastle, Inverness and Aberdeen around 2 hours away. Glasgow is only a 50 minute train journey from Edinburgh and trains leave every 15 minutes for Scotland’s capital. A single rail connection makes Edinburgh accessible from almost every town in Britain and to Eurostar travellers in France and Belgium. For more information on travelling by train and to book tickets from within the UK, visit East Coast Trains.
Looking for the cheapest and most eco-friendly way to visit Edinburgh? Journey times from London can be around 10 hours, well worth the carbon and money savings with fares starting at just £18 return. Manchester is only 7 hours by coach, Aberdeen 3.5 hours and Newcastle under 3 hours away. Services operated by National Express and Megabus.
Edinburgh is at the heart of the Scottish motorway network so it’s a pretty straightforward drive from anywhere in Scotland or the rest of the UK. Driving from Inverness will take about 3 hours, Aberdeen just over 2 hours away; Birmingham 5.5 hours, Manchester and York 4 hours, Newcastle a short 2.5 hour drive and London around 8-10 hours depending on the number of stops. Wherever you're travelling from, consider using money and carbon-saving sharing services such as BlaBlaCar or GoCarShare. If you’re renting a car to make the trip to Edinburgh’s Festivals most car rental companies have drop off and collection points in the city.