Getting to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's capital airport and
is 12km (8 miles) west of the city centre. It is easy
to reach thanks to an excellent - and regular - Airlink
Coach service and good taxi services. It takes about
20 minutes to get from the city centre to the airport.
Over 35 airlines serve around 60 destinations and some
eight million passengers pass through the airport each
year. There are over 40 flights from London to Edinburgh
every day and the average flight time, capital to capital,
is about an hour.
There are also regular services to Edinburgh from other
major UK airports and frequent scheduled flights from
40 European airports - from Amsterdam to Zurich.
For more details on the scheduled flights to Edinburgh
airport, see the BAA Edinburgh Airport website: www.edinburghairport.com
Also see the VisitScotland site about travelling to
Scotland at www.visitscotland.com
Edinburgh's taxis are mainly black hackney cabs and
can be safely hailed in the street. All are licensed
and have meters fitted. There are numerous other private
taxi hire companies. Some form of driver ID should be
Edinburgh has a network of local bus services allowing
frequent travel throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians
making this a great - and cost effective - way of getting
around the city.
Local bus companies offer daily bus tickets, which allow
you unlimited travel in and around Edinburgh. You buy
these tickets, and single journey tickets, on board
the bus from the driver - no change is given, so you'll
need the exact fare.
If you are heading further afield, you can buy your
coach tickets for UK and Scottish travel from the bus
station in St Andrew Square in advance. And if you're
heading to the airport a regular express service runs
from Waverley Bridge to Edinburgh Airport, with pick
up points along the way.
Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa
and the USA may stay in Britain for up to six months
without a visa; however, working is prohibited. EU citizens
don't need a visa and can live and work freely. Citizens
of other countries have to apply for a Visa at their
local British Embassy.