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Edinburgh is the Capital city of Scotland and is well served by transport both to and around the city. It is a very compact city which makes it ideal to explore on foot. Alternatively, there is a comprehensive local bus service, as well as private taxis. From further afield, Edinburgh Airport is a short bus ride away from the city centre and Edinburgh Waverley station is very central and has frequent arrivals from all over the UK.
We strongly recommend that where possible, you leave your car behind and either walk, use public transport or take a taxi. Edinburgh is one of the world’s most attractive cities for walking, with a compact city centre and plenty of green spaces, but its ancient streets are not ideal for driving or parking.
Edinburgh enjoys frequent direct train services from London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and other main towns and cities. These services are provided by East Coast, Virgin Trains, First TransPennine Express, First ScotRail and others. For all train times and fares to Scotland, visit National Rail Enquiries.
Services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are very frequent and operated by First ScotRail. During August, they often run an extended service. Follow them on Twitter (@ScotRail) for updates.
Visit Lothian Buses for up-to-date information on all local buses including Edinburgh Bus Tours, Airlink, Edinburgh Shuttle and Night Buses. Visit First Buses for information on bus services to Edinburgh from in and around central Scotland.
Computer Cabs: 0131 272 8000
Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468
City Cabs: 0131 228 1211
Taxis are also available from ranks throughout the city.
Parking in the city centre is limited, but there are some pay and display on-street parking opportunities as well as NCP car parks around the city. You can find out more information about parking on the City of Edinburgh Council website.
You can find information on where to stay in Edinburgh during August here.