How to get in and around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is easy to get to and a joy to get around, there’s no reason you shouldn’t come here for the Abaddon Anomaly! Here’s a quick round-up of your transport options and some recommendations for Anomaly day.

Getting to Edinburgh

Driving

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Photo by Alan Cleaver

There’s plenty of motorway to make the journey fast or if you want something scenic, take the roads less travelled and you will not be disappointed.
For those coming from the south and looking for a view, we can recommend
 that you get off the A1 and use the A68 for stunning scenery.
If you’re taking the M74, make sure to hop onto the A702 at Abington to avoid the boring motorway grind through the Glasgow outskirts, especially if you’d be arriving around peak hour.

You’ll want to make sure your hotel has parking, as the city centre is fairly restricted and if you do find a space it will be “pay and display”. With great public transport you are generally better off seeing the sights via bus or tram (see below), so if you’re just coming for the day and are not going to use your car during the Anomaly, consider one of the many Park and Ride locations in the outskirts of Edinburgh. The parking is free and you only pay for your bus journey.

Flying

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Photo by Moyan_Brenn

Edinburgh International airport has flights from most major UK and European airports, with Easyjet and Jet2 for the cheap flights, and British Airways for those looking for a more luxurious flight. Book your flights now for the best deals!
It’s easy to get into the centre of town from the airport, with both buses and the tram taking you right through to Princes Street. An open return for the bus is £7.50 and the tram is £8.

Train

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Photo by State Records NSW

Edinburgh is railway city with two stations right in the centre of town that are connected to everywhere in Britain. Basically, if you aren’t driving then get the train. Book your tickets now as they get more expensive the closer you get to your date of travel!

 

Getting about in Edinburgh

Bus and tram

edinburgh tram photo
Photo by Ninian Reid

Public transport is by far the easiest way to get around Edinburgh. A day ticket costs £4 and can be used on both buses and the tram. All public transport is wheelchair accessible. The much talked-about Edinburgh Trams are however useful only if your destination lies on its single route (or if you wish to tramgress Princes Street at a slower pace than a bus!).
You can download the Transport for Edinburgh app to help with journey planning and live timetable information.

Taxi

edinburgh taxi photo
Photo by roger4336

Edinburgh taxis are not the cheapest; only get one if you’re in a rush to get somewhere. As in London, all stoppable taxis are Black Cabs, and if the orange light is on you can hail them. All Black Cabs are wheelchair accessible.
Download the Gett app and you’ll get £10 towards your first hire.

Car

As mentioned before the city centre is very “pay and display” heavy for parking, so cars are only really good for seeing the sights or getting to portals a bit further out. Please also note that Princes Street is only accessible to buses and taxis.

Bike

edinburgh bike photo
Photo by downatthezoo

Biking is an alternative way of getting around town, and the city is well serviced by a lot of dedicated cycling paths, but please remember Edinburgh is a city of hills – great to go down but the coming up is harder! There are also some dedicated cycle lanes on the roads but as always be careful of other vehicles.
If you’re looking to hire a bike then check out Grease Monkey cycles who will deliver a bike to you anywhere in Edinburgh.

On foot

edinburgh walk photo
Photo by Strevo

The touristy parts of Edinburgh and some of the most densely-packed portal areas are all very central in the city, so as long as you have some good footwear you can walk to most places.

 

 


Edinburgh is not a large town - in fact the entire city is less than five miles radius – but there is a lot packed in, so for Anomaly day we definitely recommend leaving the car, getting a bus ticket and walking, or cycling.

As always leave any comments and questions below and we’ll get back to you!

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  1. Bikegress tips coming soon! Bike team could be crucial to drop into a hot zone or backup a team that are struggling.

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