Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second-largest city in the country after Glasgow. It is famous for its rich culture and exquisite architecture. The city is home of the Scottish parliament and hosts one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom, The University of Edinburgh.
Must-see attractions in Edinburgh
The most popular attractions are the Edinburgh Castle on an extinct volcano, the Royal Mile busiest tourist street, the Holyrood Palace (official residence of the monarch) and The National Gallery of Scotland. The famous Edinburgh castle looks down on the shopping district Princes Street, and other famous castles include Blackness, Crichton, Dirleton, Craigmillar, Lauriston and Tantallon Castle. In the west of the castle is the financial district, with all the banks and insurance companies.
Edinburgh and the Lothians have many fascinating museums. You can see a T-Rex at the National Museum of Scotland, a Concorde at the National Museum of Flight and Steiff Bears at the world's only dedicated Museum of Childhood.
Best things to do in Edinburgh
For shopping in Edinburgh, there are several great spots beside Princes Street, located on George Street and St James Centre.
From the end of July until early September each year one of the world's largest festivals is held and is called The Edinburgh Festival. It offers cultural events including art, theatre, opera, music and dance, as well as the traditional Military Tattoo.
Edinburgh is also a beautiful city for playing golf, and within a short distance, you will find some of Scotland's most famous and historic golf courses.
Railway, bus and taxi transportation
Edinburgh public transport network consists of local buses allowing frequent travel throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. A small number of suburban rail routes run from the central Edinburgh station called Waverley station.
Both Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket station offer transportation from Edinburgh to Glasgow and other destinations, as well as GNER service to London King's Cross. There is a single tram line currently being built in Edinburgh that will link St Andrew's Square in the centre of Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport on the west, passing through the New Town to the city centre.
Regarding Edinburgh taxi service, the city offers a choice between Edinburgh cabs that are available on the streets and Edinburgh private cab which you can book in advance. Book your private taxi, mini-bus or a bus with City Airport Taxis for a comfortable, fast and low-cost transfer in Edinburgh.
How to get from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh?
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is just 8 miles west of the city centre. It serves 50 airlines flying to about 85 destinations in Europe, the UK, Ireland and a few North American hub cities. It has one passenger terminal with a ground and first level.
Edinburgh Airport does not have a train station, but there are regular bus routes between Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh station. National Express bus operates at many destinations like Corstorphine and the city centre which are close to EDI.
The bus stands are outside the UK arrivals lounge right in front of the terminal building. Bus line 100 runs from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city centre (close to the bus and train stations and the high street).
Taxis are a convenient and efficient way to get from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city centre. By booking a private Edinburgh Airport taxi in advance with us, you can save a lot of money and time.
Booking a private Edinburgh airport transfer
A private Edinburgh Airport transfer includes a meet and greet, so the driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals with a sign showing your name. Regardless if you are travelling for holiday or business, City Airport Taxis offer different types of vehicles that you can choose from and book your airport transfer according to your schedule.
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