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Know Before You Go
- Hike up Arthur's Seat for the best vantage point in the city. It takes two hours to summit the peak, and you'll be rewarded with a bird's eye view of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the cityscape below.
- You don't need a sim card to get online. The city has free WiFi service throughout the centre, making it easy to check your emails or download a map.
- Plan your trip around one of Edinburgh's festivals. The city plays host to some of the best comedians in the region as well as world-class music events.
- There is a tipping culture in Scotland. It's customary to tip at least 10% of your total bill at restaurants.
Getting Around Edinburgh
Explore the city by foot. Edinburgh is compact in size, making it easy to see it's top attractions without spending a dime on public transportation. But if you get tired or the weather changes for the worst, there are plenty of options to get you around the city.
Take the bus. A trip around town usually costs GBP 1.60, and you can buy a one-week Ridacard pass for GBP 18.
Use the tram to get from the airport to the city centre. It stops at many points of interest, including Princess Street and St Andrews Square. Fares start at GBP 1.60 and can be purchased from any tram station.
Hail a taxi. If you're catching a ride between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. you'll pay a base fare of GBP 2.10. However, at night there is a surcharge and prices go up to GBP 3.10 for each kilometre.
Hire a car. Driving in Edinburgh is challenging for first-time visitors due to the many one-way and pedestrian-only streets, but if you need a vehicle, you'll find rental desks at the airport and in the city centre.
Best time to visit Edinburgh
When is The Best Time to Visit Edinburgh?
The best time to visit Edinburgh is during its summer months. From June to August, the weather heats up, and the city comes to life as the locals prepare for its many festivals. If you're planning a trip during this period, it's a good idea to book your flights and accommodation well in advance to lock in lower prices before they skyrocket.
If you can handle the cold, make your way to Edinburgh between November and March. The winter months are quiet, and you'll have better luck finding deals on hotels and airfare.
April to May and September to October are the city's two shoulder seasons. The temperatures are mild, and crowds at the Edinburgh's top attractions are bearable. Just make sure you pack a few warm layers as temperatures are known to drop below 10°C especially in the autumn months.
Airports in Edinburgh
Airports in Edinburg
Located 12 km from the city centre, Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in the country. It serves over 300 flights a day and has routes to destinations in South America, North America and Europe.
Getting To and From Edinburgh Airport
Take the Airlink bus service. It operates 24-hours a day and is the perfect choice for travellers arriving in Edinburgh on a red-eye flight. The buses leave the airport every 10 minutes and take 30 minutes to reach the city.
Hop on board the tram. The service runs every 10 minutes between 06:18 a.m. and 22:48 p.m. every day. Tickets cost EUR 5 per person and the total journey time is 30 minutes.
If you don't want to use public transport, you can grab a taxi into town. Pre-book your trip online or go to the taxi rank once you arrive to arrange your ride.