We thought it might be handy to give you an overview of our transport options in Edinburgh.
If you are arriving by train, there are two main stations in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket. Both of these stations are in the town centre, one lies to the west of Princes Street and the other to the east. You can walk to most places within the city centre from each station but there are also lines of taxis waiting and bus stops right outside the stations.
If you are arriving by plane, there are taxis, buses and the trams which will all take you directly into town as well as car hire companies.
A taxi to the centre of town from the airport in a run of the mill black cab will cost around £20. Most taxis seat 5 people but you can request a 7 seater at the taxi rank if you prefer. There is no legal requirement for taxis to use child car seats.
Buses during the day cost £1.50 per adult, 70p per child over 5 and free for children under 5. This is a flat fare and will take you as far as you want to go. A day ticket will cost £3.50 for an adult and £2.00 per child. You need the exact change for your bus fare so it might be an idea to buy a book of tickets which can be purchased online or at any lothian buses shop. The buses have also brought out an app where you can purchase tickets through m-ticket and show the driver your phone. You can also catch the bus all through the night so if you are going out clubbing till 3am, there is still a possibility of catching the bus home and saving those pennies!
Trams will take you to the city centre quickly. A return ticket from the airport zone will cost £8.00 for and adult or £4.00 for a child. The tram takes around 25 minutes to reach the city centre. Trams run from the airport from 6:15 to 22:45.
There are also plenty car hire places to choose from. Parking in Edinburgh can get expensive. My advice would be to leave the car at your accommodation unless you plan to take it to shows after 6.30pm (when parking is free). It is relatively easy to find parking spaces in the evenings. There are a few multi storey car parks in Edinburgh as well as some on street parking. The multi storey car parks tend to be a lot more expensive.
Of course Edinburgh city centre is small, there is also the option to cycle around town. If you are willing to put up with our windy, hilly city, you can hire bikes in various shops around Edinburgh at a cost of around £17 per day.