Arriving By Airport
Edinburgh Airport is Scotlands capital airport with over 50 airlines and serving around 85 destinations. We use the airport every year and find the airport extremely pleasant and user friendly. They have their own efficient bus services to and fro Edinburgh City Centre with limited stops along the way. This is currently £7.50 for a return ticket and the buses are frequent, about every 10 minutes during the day. The airport isn't huge and you'll easily find all the car hires adjacent to your luggage pick up. Though car is really not necessary (and discouraged) if you are planning to only explore the Edinburgh area. Parking in Edinburgh city centre is usually a couple of ££ an hour!
Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh EH12 9DN, UK
Number of terminals: 1
Location: 12km (8 miles) west of Edinburgh
Country code: 44
Edinburgh Airport code: EDI
Travelling around Edinburgh city centre with Lothian Buses - Travelling from the Airport to our holiday rentals
Award winning Lothian buses are a safe, clean, and popular method of travelling around Edinburgh. Used by locals and tourists alike. Buses are frequent for most routes and so are the bus stops. Lothian bus schedules and route maps can be found here. Buses are simple to use, adult tickets are £1.60 a journey or £4 for a day ticket where you can hop on and off as many Lothian buses as you like during the day. Children are 70p single or £2 for a day ticket. Family day tickets are £7.50 for up to 2 adults and 3 children. Exact change only which you pay into a machine when you get on the bus. Buses at the airport do offer change.
Lothian buses are excellent value. As an example - It would cost an adult only £1.60 to travel to Rosslyn Chapel from the city centre by Lothian bus. If you are staying at the Quartermile or the Garden apartment you can also catch the #35 bus (this bus has now been replaced by the #300). This bus goes past Quartermile. We would recommend the airport bus or taxi if you have large pieces of luggage.
You can also purchase bus tickets on your phone.
Tip: Download the Lothian Bus Tracker App which shows you when your next bus is due, tracks the bus etc. Very useful!
Check the back of your lothian bus ticket, they often have buy 1 get one free offers for Edinburgh dungeon.
Travelling By Tram
Edinburgh Trams run from York Place (the East end of the city centre) to the airport, and they are approximately every 7 minutes during peak hours. The Tram journey takes approximately 30 minutes, and you must buy a tram ticket before entering the tram. Tickets are not sold on the tram and you could be charged a £10 fine if you board without your tickets. DayTickets can be purchased from a Tram machine or from a Lothian Bus Driver, and you can use these DayTickets on both tram and bus.
Travelling By Train To Edinburgh
Edinburgh also has an excellent rail system. Waverley railway station and Haymarket Station. Waverley is located in the very heart of Edinburgh, near to the Royal Mile, Castle and Princes Street. Haymarket station is just a 5 minute walk to the West End of Princes Street, there is a rail service every 15 minutes to Glasgow and regular services to all other stations in Scotland and the UK. Haymarket Railway Station is 25 minutes by bus or taxi from the airport.
You may also wish to consider purchasing a Scotrail 'Central Scotland Rover' which is a 3 out of 7 consecutive days travel pass for £30. For places to visit see our day trip guide.
If you're deciding on heading a few days up north, to Inverness for instance, you may wish to purchase your train tickets ahead of time, prices are usually a lot cheaper.
Try trainline for good train ticket prices. It's where we usually buy ours. TIP #2 Scotlands First railway group offer KIDS GO FREE tickets for rail travel as well as free entry to many of Edinburghs tourist sites such as the Zoo, Camera Obscura, Dungeon...
Hiring a Car
Here are a few car rental companies in Edinburgh that I have rented from when I lived in the USA and visited Edinburgh. Booking Alamo with Costco discounts usually gives good rates for estate cars in automatic (Saab, Volvo or similar). Remember to call your credit card company as many credit cards provide overseas car rental insurance providing you use that card to rent the vehicle.
Most major rental car companies offer child safety and infant seats for rent. Please be sure you reserve these ahead of time!
Ensure that all quotes shown online are fully inclusive of VAT, insurance (if applicable), and unlimited mileage for day trips.