TRAVEL TO EDINBURGH
If you need assistance to organise your stay before or after the conference, e.g. plan a weekend in Edinburgh, the team at Convention Edinburgh can advise you.
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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, with a population of 500,000 and where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting. Discover stunning scenery, striking architecture and fine food, and beautiful coast and countryside in the nearby Lothians. From the world’s festival capital, to world-class visitor attractions and exhilarating outdoor pursuits, Edinburgh & The Lothians is a must-visit on anyone’s list. With over 4,500 listed buildings, Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and its stunning rich architectural heritage is even now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
The currency in Scotland is the GBP Pound (£). Scottish banks do also print their own style of Scottish GBP note, however these ‘Scottish notes’ are still widely accepted throughout the United Kingdom. You can use English GDP notes anywhere in Scotland without a problem.
How to get to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport is the biggest airport in Scotland. Full information can be found here: http://www.edinburghairport.com/
Edinburgh airport offers a lot of direct and connecting flights to and from more than 100 UK, European and international destinations. The airport is located 8 miles west of the capital and there are a range of transport options for travelling to and from the city centre.
How to reach Edinburgh City Centre from the Airport
By Bus: There are a number of bus services at the airport, including the Airlink 100 express bus service which operates a 24-hour shuttle service between Edinburgh Airport and the main rail and bus stations. The service is frequent, every 10 minutes at peak times, with a journey time of 25 minutes. Cost is £4.50 for a single journey and £7.50 for an open return. http://www.flybybus.com the bus stops at the west end side of the city centre (near Haymarket train station) and also at Waverley Bridge (just off Princes St).
By Taxi: There are official airport taxis, pre-booked private taxis and city black cabs available. Most of the taxis are wheelchair accessible and the journey time is around 30-40 minutes. The cost should approximately be £30-40. All black cabs in Edinburgh have ramps for wheelchair access. You can pre-book Edinburgh Airports official private hire service by calling 0844 448 8576, or by booking online by using this link: http://www.edinburghairport.com/transport-links/taxis/book-a-private-hire-vehicle
By Tram: The tram network now runs between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre with 15 stops along the route. You can use debit or credit cards to pay for the tickets at vending machines. They are approximately every 8-12 minutes, have an average journey time of 35 minutes and a return ticket is £8. For more specific information on the trams go to this link: http://edinburghtrams.com
Car Hire: Vehicles can be hired from all major companies at the airports car rental facility close to the main terminal building. For more information go to this link: http://www.edinburghairport.com./transport-links/car-hire
There are regular services that run to the capital from around the country and the UK. The East Coast line is the fastest intercity railway in the UK, meaning trains from London to Edinburgh take less than 5 hours. There is also an overnight service, the Caledonian Sleeper, which runs between London and Edinburgh every night of the week.
To find out train timetables and buy tickets, visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk
There are regular coach services from London and all major UK cities to Edinburgh. The following companies can provide information:
- National express: http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
- Megabus: https://www.megabus.com/
- Scottish Citylink: http://www.citylink.co.uk/
- StageCoach: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/