How to Get Around in Edinburgh
Forget driving drama and painful parking—Edinburgh’s wealth of immersive tours and affordable transportation make it far easier to explore without a car than with one. From double-decker sightseeing to city walks, here’s how best to navigate the Scottish capital.
Buses, trams, and taxis will likely be your main modes of public transportation while in Edinburgh. Bus tickets must be purchased onboard, so exact change is a must. Tram tickets can be purchased at stops using exact change or a card. For larger groups, a black cab may be more cost efficient—these can be prebooked or hailed on the street.
Walking and Biking Tours
The green spaces and historic streets of Edinburgh, once named the UK’s most walkable city, are easily traversed on foot. Walking tours are a great way to check off the centrally located sights that interest you—whether that’s major landmarks, spooky spots, or whisky bars—while bike tours widen your reach, allowing fast and hassle-free access to the city’s more rural surroundings.
Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
Hop-on hop-off tours allow you to familiarize yourself with Edinburgh’s unique layout without the hassle of hurry. Whether you want to ride the entire double-decker route for a holistic overview or alight at the next stop for a closer glimpse of top attractions, the city is yours for the finding.