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Transport in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an excellent public transport system. Buses and trams are frequent and reliable, and cycling is popular.


The main bus operators in and around Edinburgh are Lothian Buses and First Edinburgh.

Lothian Buses offer different ticket types:

  • Single Fare - £1.70 per journey
  • Day Ticket (unlimited travel for one day) - £4.00
  • Ridacard (unlimited travel for one week - one year)

Airlink Bus

Airlink (Lothian Buses service 100) is a 24 hour express service between Edinburgh Airport and city centre. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.

Lothian Buses - getting to the airport with Airlink


Trams link Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. The journey takes around 35 minutes.


Edinburgh's black taxis can be hailed in the street, booked by phone, or found at one of the many central taxi ranks.

Private Hire Cabs must be booked by phone in advance. They must display their taxi licence inside the car on the dashboard and usually on the outside of the car too.


The main train station in Edinburgh is Waverley Station. You can buy tickets, make reservations and get travel information at the Edinburgh Rail Travel Centre in Waverley station.

Fare and timetable information is available online or you can phone the National Rail Enquiry Service (0845 748 4950).


Cycling is a popular way for students to get around Edinburgh. Cyclists can use the bus lanes and cycle paths around the city.

Edinburgh has a good network of cycle routes.

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