Edinburgh is a well-connected city. Strategic road, rail, and air routes link Edinburgh with other major cities in the UK and internationally. Residents and visitors have a wide variety of options for moving around the city, including awarding-winning bus and tram services and an extensive active travel network.
Walking and cycling
Edinburgh is known as an easily-walkable city, with over 16% of residents travelling to work on foot and another 4% cycling. The National Cycle Network and the John Muir Way both run through Edinburgh. Work is currently underway on the City Centre West to East Cycle Link (CCWEL), a major new active travel route in central Edinburgh.
Trains and trams
Edinburgh is well-connected by rail, with trains offering swift journeys to destinations including Glasgow (42 minutes) and London (four hours 20 minutes). The city's 12 rail stations include the major city centre stations of Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket, while the Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park stations link the city centre with West Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh Trams connect Edinburgh city centre with Edinburgh Airport with halts including the West End, Murrayfield Stadium, and Edinburgh Park business park. Investment is currently underway to extend the trams northward to Newhaven via Leith Walk and Leith.
There are train-tram interchanges at Haymarket, Edinburgh Park, and Edinburgh Gateway.
Edinburgh and the surrounding communities are served by the bus operators Lothian Buses and First Bus. Intercity bus services are offered by operators such as Stagecoach, Borders Buses, and Megabus, with most services departing from and arriving at Edinburgh Bus Station. All residents of Scotland aged under 22 or 60 plus are eligible for free bus travel.
Several operators offer sightseeing bus tours of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Bus Tours, Bright Bus Tours, Ghost Bus Tours, and Red Bus Bistro.
The Edinburgh City Bypass links directly to the M8 leading to Glasgow (a one hour, 20 minute drive) and the A1 and A702 leading to London (both around a seven hour drive).
There are seven park-and-ride facilities on the outskirts of Edinburgh, enabling visitors to leave their vehicles and travel into Edinburgh by bus.
Edinburgh has dozens of public charging points for electric vehicles, along with a hydrogen refuelling station at Wallyford on the outskirts of the city.
Edinburgh Airport offers direct flights between Edinburgh and over 150 airports worldwide. Cities with direct flights to and from Edinburgh include Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Madrid in Europe; Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto in North America; and Doha and Dubai in the Middle East.
Edinburgh Airport is linked to the rest of Edinburgh via the Edinburgh Trams and the Airlink/Skylink buses.
Edinburgh is growing in popularity as a cruise destination. The Port of Leith has facilities for transit and turnaround cruise liners.
Port Edgar in South Queensferry offers 300 berths for boats of varying sizes, with plans for a new 400+ berth marina at Granton Waterfront.
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