Getting Around

The name of the game is to always plan ahead. Booking early, means cheaper tickets with more money left over for the excitement at your destination. Sometimes tickets can be ridiculously and wonderfully cheap if you are aware of the cheaper options. For example, if travelling to London, the train will always be the most expensive option. It can cost over £100 if you wait until the last minute. If booked well enough in advance it will cost around £30.00. If you don’t mind taking the longer, less comfortable bus ride, the National Express is a good option that costs £20 if purchased over a week in advance. The Megabus is by far the cheapest option. You can actually get to London for a “fiver” (£5) if you book in advance with Megabus. The best way to find out their routes and best deals, is to visit their respective websites below.

Although there are trains that connect Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and the United Kingdom, Edinburgh is too small for an effective underground/subway system. The local bus services run frequently and are usually reliable. But if travelling on Sunday, don’t count on the bus being prompt. The bus fare now costs £1.10 for any one-way journey. So if walking isn’t your cup of tea, and you’re planning a day trip that may require recurrent uses of the bus, then a day ticket is your best bet. A day ticket costs £2.50 and it allows you to use any local bus service for the rest of the day, free of charge. You can find more information about local routes and bus tours at the Lothian website below. Whether rain or shine, there are always tourists on the Edinburgh Tour buses. It costs £10 for a full ticket, or £9 for a concession on an Edinburgh Tour bus. If you are in the mood for a whole weekend of sightseeing, then you should visit the Lothian Bus website and click on “Edinburgh Bus Tours” to find out about their deals.

Transport from the city centre to the airport is smooth and convenient. If you don’t want to spend money on a taxi, but still want to get to the airport quickly, then the #100 is the best option. It costs £5 for an open return and it goes from the airport to the city centre in about 25 – 30 minutes. A single journey costs £3.00. However, if you have more time, the X48 and the #35 are cheaper options that take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour depending upon traffic. If leaving from Chambers street, outside the National Museum of Scotland, then you would take the #35. If leaving from Princes Street, you would take the X48. Both of these buses cost the regular local, single journey price of £1.10. If you have a massive amount of luggage, then a taxi would be better which costs around 30 quid (a British term for pounds). But before you burn a hole in your pocket, take note of the Edinburgh Shuttle which takes you from the Airport right to your door in the city centre, for only £8.00. If travelling with a friend, it costs £15 for two travelling companions, or £21 for three. 

Edinburgh Lothian Bus Services http://lothianbuses.net/

ScotRail www.firstgroup.com/scotrail/

Megabus www.megabus.com/uk/help/general.php

National Express www.nationalexpress.com/

Edinburgh Shuttle, Airport to City Centre www.edinburghcentral.org/news/