Often referred to as the 'Athens of the North' Edinburgh is a heady blend of impressive architecture and landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and Holyrood Palace sit alongside green spaces, parks and gardens. The leafy Georgian terraces of the New Town with their upmarket boutiques are worlds away from the cobbled alleys of the Grassmarket with its iconic tenements. Scotland's capital is a city of contrasts where excellent shopping and entertainment facilities and traditional Scots bonhomie go hand in hand.
|Must Know||Traveling from London? Book your tickets early to save a couple of dollars on transport.|
|Must See||New to the festival? Check out popular acts like comedy trio Foil Arm and Hogs, Scotland-loved duo Burnistoun, and last year’s nominee for the best newcomer act - James Acaster!|
|Must Do||Make sure to catch the sights outside of the Edinburgh Fringe festival epicenter as museums and attractions are particularly empty at this time.|
|Must Eat||Try a Hot Roast Roll at Oink! Located in the Old Town, trying pulled pork, haggis and apple sauce served in freshly made rolls might be the highlight of your trip.|
|Did You Know||At Edinburgh Fringe 2015 there were 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues, making it the largest arts festival in the world!|
Known to supernatural-fanatics as the world’s most ghost infested graveyard. The majority of these spooky tales originate from the middle ages, but if you’re looking for something different to do there are plenty of companies that offer tours of this graveyard.
A prominent feature of the city, Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels. We recommend taking the time to check the castle out, learn about its millennia long history and enjoy the view from the top!
Edinburgh Airport offers a number of domestic and international flights and is well connected with public transport. There is a tram service which takes visitors straight into the center, the Airlink 100 Express Bus which leaves every 10 minutes and is around a 30 minute journey. Taxi’s are also available from the airport and cost around £20+.
Waverley Station is the main railway station in Edinburgh, and trains depart from all over the country on a regular basis to Edinburgh. Another major commuter hub is Haymarket Station which offers city connections as well as long distance train services to Glasgow and London. Getting the bus is the easiest way to get to the city center with many services stopping at the stations. There are taxi services available.
Edinburgh Bus Station is the main station for local bus interchanges and coach services further abroad within the city. Getting into the center from the bus station is easy with many local buses serving the station. Additionally, it is served by the St. Andrew Square tram stop on Edinburgh trams, as well as by trains at Waverley Station which is 200 meters away.
Local transport includes buses, national rail train services, and the Edinburgh Tram. Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Tram work together under Transport for Edinburgh to provide the public transit in the city. There are two zones here: the City Zone (everything except the airport), and the Airport Zone. Edinburgh Tram tickets can be purchased in advance or from vending machines at the tram stops. Local bus tickets can be purchased in advance, through their app, or from the bus driver on the bus when paying with exact change.
Cycling is very popular as the city is very bicycle friendly. However, as the weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, proper gear is always recommended. There are traffic free bike lanes throughout the city that takes advantage of old railway lines, and cyclists can share the bus lanes.
Many people use the local transport but there are parking lots scattered about the city and the connections to the motorways make traveling by car an easy option within Scotland. There are also taxi’s available and walking is another great way to see the city.