You can get around Edinburgh city center easily by bicycle or on foot. It's not particularly big as a metropolis and is well–serviced by efficient public transport. As well as the city center, there are really many places to see ... how to get around?

1. Bus

Around Edinburgh City

The principal service provider is Lothian Buses. The cost of single ticket is £1.50 , it is one way but you can go any distance. Tickets can be bought on the bus itself by inserting coins into the machine next to the driver. The machine DOES NOT give change, so have the exact amount ready. There are night buses and the ticket costs £3 but check the timetable before you go out , as the routes are much more limited than during the daytime and they don’t go everywhere.

If you decide to do more than two trips on the same day, I recommend the DAYTicket which costs £ 3.50 and allows unlimited travel during all day. They are valid on all buses, except for the night buses and the Airlink Service 100 (the high frequency airport service to the city center. The last station is Waverley Bridge in the city center. Tickets can be bought from the kiosk at Edinburgh Airport, on board or in advance online). You can also buy a "Ridacard" in a Lothian Travel Shop and you can choose between a weekly, monthly or yearly pass. For more information and a route map of Edinburgh buses visit Lothian Buses.

Around the Scotland

The main towns and cities of Scotland are connected by a good network of bus lines that cover the whole country. Although they are slower than trains, they are probably the cheapest way of visiting Scotland. The majority of bus services between the cities are provided by Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach, Megabus and National Express. Tickets can be bought in advance by phone, online, at the stations and often onboard.

Some remote areas, such as parts of the highlands and islands, are only served by “Post buses”. These are small buses or minivans that , for a small fee, carry from 3 to 10 passengers along with the post!. These mini buses leave the post office very early in the morning, around 8am, and can be a really great alternative, inexpensive and fun way to travel. More information about the routes and the Postbus timetable can be found on the website of the Royal Mail postal service or by calling the Customer Service of Royal Mail (08457 740 740).

 

2. Train

Travelling by train is not only a quick and convenient way to get around to Scotland but it also gives you the opportunity to travel through and get to know the variety of landscapes that this country has to offer. There are two stations: the principal one is Waverley Station, on Princess Street, the other is Haymarket. Tickets can be bought at the train stations, by phone or online with a credit or debit card. If you book in advance you can get tickets at discounted prices. If the station ticket office is closed, you can use an automated ticket machine, but you can also buy your ticket on board from the controller, paying in cash or with a credit card or debit card. For more information click here.

 

3. Taxi

The classic black taxis, are large, comfortable, stylish, very striking and equally expensive. Stopping one on the street will not be a problem and there are a lots of taxi ranks in the city center, for example at Waverley Station. The principal companies are:

Central Taxis (0131 229 2468)

City Cabs (0131 228 1211)

 

4. Ferry boat

Scotland has more than 60 inhabited islands and about fifty of them are connected to the mainland by ferry. The frequency of the routes is higher during the high season and the boats are equipped with every comfort: some ferries are similar to small cruise ships, equipped with cabins and restaurants. Tickets can be one-way or round trip. If you wish to visit several islands, it is advisable to buy an Island Rover ticket, lasting 8 or 15 days. Information on timetables and rates is available on the websites of the respective shipping companies.

 

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