Scotland‘s capital, Edinburgh, is a beautiful city, full of history and brimming with great places for expats and visitors to visit and explore. The city itself is quite compact, so it is easy to get around on foot or bike. However, bear in mind it is quite hilly and many of the streets in the city centre have cobbles which make cycling rather challenging!
If you do make the effort to tackle the gradients you will be rewarded with magnificent views all around you. The city centre, aside from the rugged cobbled terrain, is certainly cycle friendly – at peak times, cyclists are allowed to share the buses‘ green lanes, which means you can keep moving. Otherwise, bus and train services make getting around Edinburgh and surrounds easy and efficient.
Getting around Edinburgh by bus
Edinburgh has a network of local bus services allowing frequent and cost effective travel. Lothian buses do a DayTicket, which allows you daily unlimited travel in and around Edinburgh and First buses also operate numerous services throughout the Edinburgh area.
Nigh buses run between midnight and 4am, and while they maintain largely similar routes, timetables do change.
A great way to take in the sights of the city is on one of the many Edinburgh bus tours. Tickets can be bought in person at the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre, 3 Princes Street or on Waverley Bridge, which is where the tours start.
Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles (12km) west of the city centre and there is an airport link bus, Airlink 100, that runs every 10 minutes to the city centre with designated stops en route. The journey is about 25 minutes and tickets are £3.50 for a single journey and £6 for return. Please note the journey may take twice as long in rush hour traffic.
Getting around Edinburgh by taxi
Edinburgh has hundreds of black cabs that can be hailed on the street or phoned for in advance. Travelling by taxi is quite expensive and probably not necessary if you are in the city centre surrounded by a network of buses. Please note, taxi drivers expect to be tipped, but it is not obligatory!
Expats who wish to take a taxi to the airport can expect a £15 fare and 25 minutes of travel time.