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Edinburgh is the Capital city of Scotland and is well served by transport to, from and around the city. Detailed information on getting to our Edinburgh International Festival venues by foot, bicycle, bus, tram and car can be found on our venue pages.

Getting around Edinburgh
Travelling to Edinburgh

Getting around Edinburgh

We encourage you to think green and explore the City on foot, by bike or by public transport wherever possible.

Walking and Cycling
Edinburgh is very compact, which makes it ideal to explore on foot or by bicycle. The City of Edinburgh Council is an excellent source of information on cycle paths and routes, bike security and bike parking options.  

Edinburgh has a comprehensive local bus service that covers all of our International Festival venues. Visit Lothian Buses for up-to-date information on all local buses including Edinburgh Bus ToursAirlink, Edinburgh Shuttle and Night Buses. Visit First Buses for information on bus services to Edinburgh from in and around central Scotland.

Find out the latest information about the Edinburgh Trams and how they integrate with the bus services.

Edinburgh Taxis
Computer Cabs: 0131 272 8000
Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468
City Cabs: 0131 228 1211
Taxis are also available from ranks throughout the city.

We strongly recommend that where possible, you leave your car behind and either walk, cycle, or use public transport. Edinburgh is one of the world’s most attractive cities for walking, but its ancient streets are not ideal for driving or parking. Parking in the city centre is limited, but there are some pay and display on-street parking opportunities as well as NCP car parks around the city. You can find out more information about parking on the City of Edinburgh Council website.

Travelling to Edinburgh

Plan your journey with the help of Traveline Scotland or download their app.

If you are travelling from another UK city, please consider the environmental impact of your chosen form of transport. Travelling by train or bus can often take the same length of time as flying when you consider check-in times.

By Road
Reduce your carbon footprint, and save money in the process, by considering a car share. Information about car sharing can be found at GoCarShare and Tripshare Edinburgh.

You can easily get to Edinburgh by road from around the rest of Britain using coach services. StagecoachNational Express and Megabus all provide frequent services to Edinburgh.

By Rail
Waverley Station is located in the heart of the City. Edinburgh enjoys frequent direct train services from London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and other main towns and cities. These services are provided by East CoastVirgin TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressScotRail and others. For all train times and fares to Scotland, visit National Rail Enquiries

For current information on disruptions visit National Rail's Service Disruption page.

Services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are very frequent and operated by ScotRail. There are four direct routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow: via Shotts, via Bathgate, via Falkirk High, and via Carstairs. They will be running more services, late night trains, and extra carriages to help get you to and from the festival. However, trains will still be busy, so plan your journey and buy your travel tickets in advance at or on the ScotRail app. You can get discounted tickets with a range of RailCards.

Read more about additional services to Edinburgh on Scotrail blog.

Follow them on Twitter (@ScotRail) for updates.

Top five tips for taking the train during the festival:

1. Buy your ticket before you board. You’ll need a valid ticket for travel, and checks will be in place at many stations.
2. Check your train times. Remember to leave time to catch any connecting services that you need.
3. Listen up! We’ll have extra staff on the ground to help things go smoothly. To help them help you, please listen to their instructions.
4. Download the ScotRail app. You can use it to buy tickets, check train times, and see live service information.
5. Don’t leave it too late. Services will be very busy, and you might not be able to board your first choice of train.

By Air
Edinburgh Airport is a short bus or tram ride away from the city centre and Edinburgh Waverley station is very central and has frequent arrivals from all over the UK. 

Useful links
Traffic Scotland
Official Edinburgh Tourist Information

You can find information on where to stay in Edinburgh during August here.