Edinburgh is linked to Glasgow by the M8 motorway
and from there to England
by the M74 and on to the A74 and M6 further to the
south (towards Manchester).
The A1 east out of Edinburgh
leads into the A1(M) and M1 to London.
- 7 hours 30 minutes. Manchester
- 4 hours 15 minutes, Glasgow
- 1 hour.
There is limited on
street parking in and around the Royal Mile and
this is limited to a couple of hours.
There are few car parks
in the vicinity, the closest being attached to the
Radisson Blu hotel and accessed from Blackfriars
Street. (this is a
good option. It’s expensive but not well known so
there’s a good chance of getting a space at most
Other Car parks are
at Waverley Station, New Street EH8 8BG, Castle
Terrace EH1 2EW and St. Johns Hill, 2 Viewcraig GardensEH8 9UQ.
Express (tel: 0871 781 8178; www.nationalexpress.com)
operates numerous daily coach services from both London and the major
English cities to Edinburgh.
Scottish Citylink (tel: 0871 266 3333; www.citylink.co.uk)
is the main provider of intercity coach services
with a comprehensive network of destinations. All
coaches both arrive and leave from the bus station
Andrew Square. This
is in the New Town but it'll only take a ten
minute walk to reach the Royal Mile.
Travel by rail
Edinburgh is well connected by
rail to other cities in Scotland major
cities in the UK.
Waverley Station is the main station and is only
five minute walk from the Royal mile.
Scotrail (tel: 0845 601
operates all services within Scotland, as well
as the overnight sleeper between London and Edinburgh
(and further north). From London and
cities on the East Coast line, the rail service is
now provided by East Coast (tel: 08457 225 111; www.eastcoast.co.uk).
Routes from North Wales, western England and the Midlands are operated by
Virgin Trains (tel: 0871 977 4222; www.virgintrains.co.uk)
and Transpennine Express (tel: 0845 600 1671; www.tpexpress.co.uk).
Edinburgh airport is operated
by BAA (tel: 0844 481 8989; www.edinburghairport.com)
located around 30 mins to the west of the City
centre. The airport is well served by budget
airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, Flybe
and Bmi. Full details of operators and
destinations can be found on the Airport’s
For visitors from the United States, there is
only one direct flight to Edinburgh. United Airlines fly
daily from New York (Newark)
There is no direct
rail link to the city, but a shuttle bus (Airlink
100) runs every 10 minutes, dropping off outside Waverley
station. The city is in the process of building a
tram link to the airport but its completion is some