Getting to Edinburgh

By plane

If you choose to travel by air, Edinburgh Airport is only 8 miles (12km) from Edinburgh city centre with frequent connecting services by Airlink bus, tram or taxi and a journey time of approximately 30 minutes.

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, serving 120 worldwide destinations with frequent direct flights from main international hubs including Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Geneva and Frankfurt, and direct long-haul services to the USA, Canada and the Middle East. In addition, if you are travelling via London, there is an average of 50 flights daily between the UK’s two capital cities.

​Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

By train

Edinburgh has two city centre train stations, Waverley, located at the east end, and Haymarket, located at the west end, of Princes Street. Both are within walking distance of many of the city’s hotels and conference venues.

Both stations are linked to all major cities and airports in Britain, with a high-speed link from London in just over four hours. National Rail Enquiries is the portal for UK rail travel and includes information on train times, fare enquiries and online ticket purchases.

By road

A journey on the motorways and major road network to Edinburgh, will take you through some spectacular scenery. National Express is the main coach operator and offers direct connections from all major UK cities to Edinburgh St Andrew Square, the modern coach station in the heart of the city centre.

Public Transportation

Once you get to Edinburgh, you’ll find that getting around is just as simple. There are several options from Council licensed taxi operators, a public bus service or a modern new tram system.


Lothian Buses is Edinburgh’s award- winning public bus service and operates a frequent timetable in and around the city. There are a variety of ticket types available and an ‘exact fare’ system is in operation or download the Transport for Edinburgh app for mobile ticketing.


Edinburgh’s modern new tram service launched in May 2014 and provides the quickest journey between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre at the east end, stopping at key transport links, conference & event venues.

To and from Edinburgh Airport

We would recommend either taking a licensed taxi, tram, or the Airlink bus service from Edinburgh Airport into the city centre. A discount for the Airlink bus service is available here. Once you have made your booking you can print your selection before you arrive in Edinburgh.

More information

For local information please see our Useful Information page.

​Please allow extra time for travelling to and from the airport.  The Royal Highland Show takes place from 22 – 25 June and is located close to the airport and transport links resulting in heavy traffic at peak times.