Edinburgh Skyline

HOW TO GET HERE AND HOW TO GET AROUND

As far as transport is concerned it seems that all roads lead to Edinburgh.

The city's international airport is only six miles from the city centre and there are two central railway stations Waverley and Haymarket with links all over the country - and now via St Pancras to Eurostar as well - and an extensive bus network runs both inside the city and connects with other places all over Scotland and England.

Parking is a perennial problem in Edinburgh so it people basing themselves in the city find it best to use the excellent public transport system. There is a cheap and frequent bus to and from Edinburgh airport and another that shuttles between the city and Glasgow airport every hour. Information about all planes, buses, trains and coaches running to, from and within Edinurgh can be found on Traveline Scotland.com.

In 2011 the city's transport system will also be augmented by a tram service running from the airport to Newhaven, via Princes Street and Leith Walk. The project will cost £498 million and work is currently going on with a certain amount of traffic disruption in the central city but the planners feel that the environmental benefits of a tramline will repay the trouble in the long run.

Visitors are advised not to use a car within the city but if they want to tour Scotland there are several car hire firms available. They include Easy Car; Arnold Clark, Budget, Avis and Alamo. Edinburgh is a very hilly place but walking is easy in the Old Town and along the High Street. Young and fit visitors might want to hire a bicycle because the city has also got an extensive off road cycle network laid out along disused railway lines. A map showing routes is available from spokes.org.uk.

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