Posted on 23/09/2014
One of the biggest benefits of Edinburgh is the compactness of the city. If it wasn’t for all the attractions you could walk from one side of the city to the other without any trouble in a single day but of course, visiting for a holiday or business break means you probably want to see more than just the streets. Getting around in Edinburgh is simple, however you choose to travel and below is a closer look at some of the possibilities to consider during your stay.
Enjoying Edinburgh on foot is one of the most popular ways to get around the city. Bear in mind it is a city built upon hills and therefore expect changes in gradient but there’s nothing too hard going. Exploring beyond the city centre there are plenty of natural areas to visit including the Almondell Country Park to the west, Vogrie Country Park to the east. Local wildlife can also be spotted if you enjoy a riverside or canal-side stroll, with walkways along both the Water of Leith and Union Canal.
Edinburgh has a well organised network of local bus services you can hop on and off of. Lothian Buses offer a DayTicket which can save you a fortune as you travel and there are hundreds of services throughout the city taking you to many different areas. If you’re here to enjoy the sights then consider booking onto one of the many Edinburgh bus tours which take you around all the key attractions.
You can explore a wide range of Edinburgh and The Lothians by bike. The city is renowned for its cycle friendly nature and there is a wide network of cycle paths and routes throughout the city and countryside. Traffic-free cycle routes run throughout the city, often alongside old railway lines with plenty of scenery to take in.
The tram is the newest addition to the Edinburgh transport scheme and provides quick and easy transport from the airport to the city centre. There are 15 tram stops which connect up with bus and rail services around the city. The route travels as far as Edinburgh Airport with York Place/St Andrews Square in the centre.
Edinburgh has a range of on-street and covered parking facilities for short term stays, perhaps if you’re popping in to see a couple of tourist attractions or shopping. Time limits depend upon the individual site so you need to make sure you check the parking ticket machines at each individual location.
Edinburgh also operates an effective Park & Ride system which allows you to avoid the parking charges of the city centre. You can Park & Ride from a range of locations including Wallyford, Hermiston and Straiton, where you can catch a Lothian Bus into the city.
Edinburgh is extremely people-friendly and it’s a city which wants to invite as many people in as possible, however they choose to travel and for whatever reason they’re visiting.