Introduction

Getting to Edinburgh is easy no matter where you are travelling from or how you choose to travel.

The city has excellent road, rail and air transport links making it accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.

Train at Waverley station

By air

Edinburgh International Airport is around 20 minutes drive from the city centre. The short 12km journey is easy to commute by taxi or one of the frequent airport buses.

There are over 40 flights a day from London and regular flights from 20 other UK airports. In addition, there are over 40 scheduled flights from Europe and several transatlantic flights also service the city on a daily basis.

As an alternative you can fly into Glasgow International, which is an hour’s drive west of Edinburgh and can be reached easily by the regular coach service.

By rail

Edinburgh has excellent rail links throughout the UK.

The East Coast mainline links Edinburgh and London King’s Cross and is the fastest intercity railway, which means that you can travel between the cities in around 4 hours.

Or, If you prefer to travel overnight, a sleeper service runs between London Euston and Edinburgh Waverley 6 nights a week.

Can there anywhere be a more beautiful and beguiling city to arrive at by train? To emerge from the bustling, subterranean bowels of Waverley Station and find yourself in the very heart of such a glorious city is a happy experience indeed.

Bill Bryson

There are great links to other cities too. The Journey times to / from York, Newcastle, Inverness and Aberdeen are all about 2 hours and it is just 45 minutes between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the West End.

By road

If you are travelling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here by bus or coach is easy with regular services from all major UK cities.

Travel times by road are less than you might think. From Birmingham it is around 5 hours, Manchester and York around 4 and Newcastle is just 2 hours away.

From the North of Scotland, Inverness to Edinburgh is about 3 hours and just over 2 hours from Aberdeen.

Route information for drivers can be found at the RAC Route Planner or AA Route Planner web sites.

Beyond Edinburgh

Many students make the most of their vacation time by visiting other countries in Europe and exploring the rest of Scotland, the UK and Ireland.

Edinburgh is an ideal base to get to the other cultural capitals of Europe like Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Prague, and cheap flights are readily available.


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