While central Edinburgh is very walkable, public buses run throughout the day and night for those needing to rest their tired feet. Here we'll explain tickets and routes, as well as other transportation options like bikes and taxis.
Getting Around Edinburgh
Lothian Buses operates around 50 routes within Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, as well as service to and from the airport and the city's night buses. Depending on the route, service runs Monday through Friday from approximately 4:30 AM to 12 AM, with buses starting at around 6 AM on Saturdays and 7 AM on Sundays.
A single bus ticket costs £1.20, or buy a pack of 20 tickets for £24. For the best value, opt for an all-day pass for £3. These tickets are not valid on night buses.
The Night Buses start at midnight and run until 4 AM. An all-night pass costs £3.
Starting in 2011, a tram will run from the coast, through Edinburgh, and on to Edinburgh Airport.
By Bike or On Foot
Several shops offer bike rentals in Edinburgh. Cyclists may use the designated bus lanes at rush hour, as well as take advantage of a network of bike-only routes. A bike is also a great way to see some of the surrounding suburbs.
Most of Edinburgh's tourist attractions are located in Old Town and the neighboring districts, so it's easy to walk from place to place. Be aware that the terrain can be somewhat hilly, but certainly nothing too strenuous for a day of sightseeing.
The UK's well-known "black cabs" also operate in Edinburgh. There are separate rates for weekdays, nights and weekends, and Christmas and New Year's.
It is also possible to hire private taxi services. Ask at your hotel for the number of a reliable taxi company.