Practical information

Getting Here

Air

Edinburgh has a busy airport with over 25 airlines offering direct and connecting flights to and from more than 100 UK, European and international destinations. For those on budget, both Ryanair and Easyjet offer cheap fares from London and several other western and central european capitals.

For a list of destinations and airlines operating from Edinburgh Airport click here.

Edinburgh airport is located 8 miles (12 km) west of the capital and there are a range of transport options for travelling to and from the city centre. The Airlink 100 express bus service operates a 24-hour shuttle service between Edinburgh Airport and Waverley Station, departing every 10 minutes at peak times with a journey time of about 25 minutes. You can also use the new tram line which runs between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines and you can also pay by card.

Train

Edinburgh is connected to an excellent train network and the Waverley Station is situated right in the heart of the city centre. For best value buy your ticket online well in advance.

East Coast – for routes from London via the East Coast main line.
Virgin Trains – for routes from Birmingham via the Lake District, Carlisle and Lockerbie.
First TransPennine Express – for routes from Manchester and Manchester Airport, via the Lake District, Carlisle and Lockerbie.
Cross Country Trains – for routes from south west England via Birmingham and Newcastle.
First Scotrail – for all routes from around Scotland.

Bus / car

Megabus – cheap fares from all across the UK
National Express – national bus network
Scottish Citylink – for routes from Scotland
Stagecoach – for routes from Scotland

If you are planning on coming with your own transport, Edinburgh has easy access to the Scottish motorway network.

Use the route planner for further instructions.