First of all we detail how to get to Edinburgh, whether by car, train, air and ferry form the continent of Europe. Then we will tell how to get about Edinbugh with details on taxis to cycle hire.
From the south Edinburgh is approached by the A1 coastal road that offers some truly stunning coastal scenery.
From the southwest the M6 motorway joins the A74 north of Carlisle becoming the M74.This motorway connects with the M8 northeast of Glasgow.Travelling east the M8 joins the Edinburgh City Bypass from where visitors can access all areas of the capital.
From the north the A90 crosses the famous Forth Road Bridge and enters the city suburbs at Barnton.
Edinburgh has two main stations, Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket. These stations service all incoming trains. GNER operate a regular service between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley this a very popular service and takes around five hours. Trains to and from Glasgow run every hour, a journey lasting around 50 minutes. Timetables, current fares and reservations can all be arranged within the stations or by calling 08457-484950.
Edinburgh International Airport is west of the city on the Glasgow Road. The airport is served by regular flights from all major UK airports as well as Europe and North America. The airport has long stay car park facilities and a range of car hire firms operate onsite. A shuttle bus is available connecting to Princess Street and Waverley station this service runs every 10 minutes and the journey time is approximately 25 minutes. Information on the airlink airport bus can be found at www.lothianbuses.co.uk or by calling 0131 555 6363. Airport Information line 0131-333-1000.
Superfast Ferries operate car ferries between Zeebrugge in Belgium, and Rosyth, which is 30 minutes north of Edinburgh. This is the best way to cross from the Continent of Europe with your own vehicle, cutting out the long drive from Hull in England. This overnight crossing takes around 16hr 30 mins, cabins are available. The timetable is seasonal for information and bookings call 020-7431 4560
The coach terminal for local and national services is at St Andrews Square; two minutes walk from Waverley station. Coaches from all over the UK can be caught that will bring you to Edinburgh. The UK has an excellent coach service network and competitively priced. For information contact National Express 08705 808080, or Scottish Citylink 08705 505050.
Edinburgh city centre is reasonably compact with attractions, shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance of each other. The city is well served by public transport system and information is available by calling traveline 0870 608 2608..
Cycling is an excellent way to explore the city centre especially as bikes are exempt from parking charges and traffic jams. In parts of the city centre there are cycle lanes. The cycle campaign group Spokes (tel:0131-313-2144, www.spokes.org.uk) have published a map of Edinburgh cycle paths available at most Edinburgh bookshops.
It is becoming more difficult to take your car into central Edinburgh. Although there are a number of multi storey car parks looking for somewhere to leave a car can prove both time consuming and expensive. Edinburgh City Council are currently considering a congestion charge system, similar to that recently introduced in London. This would involve a charge to enter the city centre with your car during business hours. There are large car parks at the east end of Princess Street at Greenside and adjacent to the St James Centre. Most ticket and parking meter regulations cease at 5.30pm Monday- Friday and at 1pm on Saturday. A Park & Ride facility is available from the north at North Queensferry.
Car hire is well worth considering if you want to explore farther a field.
The city is has plenty of taxi ranks especially around Waverley and Haymarket stations. Edinburgh’s black cabs operate 24 hours a day and can be hailed in the street if their yellow light is on. Most black cabs seat a maximum of 5.
Bicycles can be hired from Edinburgh cycle hire- 0131-556-5560
Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op- 0131-228-3565
There are numerous companies offering hop-on-hop-off tours of the city and this is a really great way to see the sights and especially popular with children. Most tours leave from Waverley Bridge and have a live commentary. Tour tickets often include special offers such as 10% discounts on admissions to visitor attractions. Tour tickets are valid for 24hrs and prices are approximately £9 adult, £2.50 child, £7.50 concessions, children under 5 travel free.
0131-220 0770 for full details.