Getting Around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an easy city to tour since it is small. It can be toured quickly by walking, riding a bike, or using the city's bus system that travels over most of the city. The city is friendly for bike riders as the cyclists may use the green lanes of the buses in the center of the city. The city has a great number of bike routes that are free of traffic. Edinburgh is also easy to explore by walking. The city is constructed on several hills, but they are easily to take on. The city has many parks to visit.

Edinburgh has two primary bus systems. Lothian is operated by the city council, and First is a private company. The two systems use the same bus stops, but the tickets are different.

Lothian buses have a burgundy and cream color design. The routes are identified on the buses by designated colors on the roofs and fronts of the buses. Lothian sells single tickets for each ride, and new tickets must be purchased if travelers change buses. The bus drivers do not have change for these tickets.

However, Lothian also sells a comprehensive ticket for riding all day. This provides visitors a chance to view the city without the cost of a tour bus. These tickets do not include the airport express and night bus service.

The First Bus lines provide service to the east and western sections of Edinburgh.

Train routes run to the suburbs from the Waverly station. Most of these stations are in the southeast and southwest suburbs as well as a connection to Edinburgh Park near the Gyle shopping mall. The prices are the same as the National Rail fares. The cost for storing luggage at the Waverly train station is more than the lockers for storage at the bus station at St. Andrew's Square.

Edinburgh has choices in cabs, similar to most cities in Britain. The Black Cabs can transport five people and can be summoned on the street. These cabs have an orange light above the windshield to designate when the cab is available. These cabs are easily located at the center of the city and on main routes around the city. The taxi stands are around the city, including outside the entranced of the Waverly and Haymarket train stations, near the Sheraton Hotel, the Caledonian Hotels, the George Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel, in St. Patrick's Square and at Leigh Bridge. Minicabs have to be reserved ahead of time.