Travel information: getting to Edinburgh

Everything you need to know about airports, trains and coaches

By Will Fulford-Jones

By air

Edinburgh Airport
0844 481 8989/
Edinburgh airport is about ten miles west of the city centre, and around 25 minutes' drive from Princes Street.

The airport is served by all major UK airlines, but the only direct US flights are run by Delta (to New York JFK; and Continental (to New York Newark;

From the airport

By Airlink bus

The best way to and from the airport is on the Airlink 100 bus service (, which stops at Maybury, Drum Brae, Edinburgh Zoo, Murrayfield, the Haymarket, the West End and Waverley Bridge. Buses leave stand 19 at the airport every 15mins from 4.50am to 6.50am, then every 10mins until 00.22am; outside these hours, you can take the N22 from the airport to Waverley Steps by the station (every 30mins).

To the airport, buses leave Waverley Bridge every 15mins from 4.20am until 6.05am, then every 10mins until 11.45pm; the N22, which leaves Waverley Steps at 15 and 45 mins past the hour, fills the night-time gap. The Airlink 100 journey takes 25mins and costs £3.50 for a single or £6 return; for the N22, the single fare is £3.

By taxi

The taxi journey to central Edinburgh usually takes around 25 minutes and costs around £20.

By bus/coach

National Express (0870 580 8080, operates coach services between Edinburgh and destinations in England and Wales. Buses run by Scottish Citylink (0870 550 5050, serve a variety of towns around Scotland, while Megabus ( runs budget bus services from Edinburgh to half a dozen Scottish destinations (including Glasgow) and a few in England. All buses and coaches arrive and depart from St Andrew Square Bus Station.

St Andrew Square Bus Station
Elder Street, New Town. Princes Street buses. Open 6am-midnight daily.

By rail

Waverley Station
Waverley Bridge, New Town (0845 748 4950/ Princes Street buses.
From here, you can catch trains to London (on the East Coast main line), Glasgow (every 15mins daily, less often on Sun) and to a panoply of Scottish destinations.

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