Edinburgh Transport – Getting Around

From taxis to buses and trams, the Edinburgh transport system is modern and efficient.

If you’re looking to get around the main city sites, walking Edinburgh could be your best option. Attractions like Princes Street Gardens, the Scottish National Gallery and The Edinburgh Dungeon are close together. For further afield hot spots, like the Royal Yacht Britannia or Holyrood Park, you may prefer to catch a bus.

Fancy a day out of Edinburgh to explore nearby Glasgow or the many Scottish lochs? Not a problem. Edinburgh Waverly Train Station offers lots of options for easy trips out of the city.

Edinburgh Taxis

Flagging Edinburgh taxis is simple. Similar to Australia, if the light is on, it’s available. If you’re out in the city, then you might be best to queue at one of the licensed taxi ranks. They’re dotted all over the city, but you’ll always find taxis close to Waverly Station. All cabs are metered, charging a standard, city-wide rate. Ride-sharing apps are also popular and commonly used.

Edinburgh Public Transport

An excellent network of buses serve Edinburgh city and the surrounding areas. Ask the driver for a ticket and make sure you have the correct change. In Edinburgh for a while? It might be more economical to get a citysmart card instead. There’s also a modern tram system running across the city and out to Edinburgh Airport. This is a great way to get around the sites.

Edinburgh Bike Hire

Bike hire in Edinburgh is plentiful and pedalling your way around the city is a great option to get from A to B. A lot of Edinburgh residents choose to do just this, making the most of the cycle paths. However, it’s worth remembering that Edinburgh is pretty hilly in places and the charming cobbled streets are a lot less attractive when sitting on the seat of a bike.

Walking Edinburgh

Edinburgh isn’t a small city – getting from central areas like Princes Street out to Holyrood is a good 45-minute stroll – but it’s certainly walkable. Walking Edinburgh is also the only way you’ll get to explore some of the intriguing narrow alleyways. Comfy footwear is a must if you decide to sightsee Edinburgh on your own steam as there are plenty of steep walkways and cobbled pavements to navigate.