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Edinburgh city guide

Written by on 29th August 2014
Category: City guides

Edinburgh has a wealth of history and is a world-class business and tourist destination, which attracts around 3.6 million visitors every year. It has the strongest economy outside of London, making it one of the UK’s most important cities. Don’t forget to give us a call or take a look at our range of Edinburgh serviced apartments when your next visit rolls around.

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Transport information

Edinburgh is a compact and walkable city, making it easy to explore by foot. However, keep in mind that it’s also hilly, so be prepared for long and steep walks.

Alternatively, Edinburgh has a network of bus services, which offer fast and effective travel around the city. An adult day pass, which offers unlimited travel, can be purchased for around £3.50. All ticket information can be found on the Lothian Buses website.

Airport & Lounges

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest, handling almost 10 million passengers a year. It’s located just over six miles away from Edinburgh city centre and offers both domestic and international flights. A full list of all destinations and airlines can be found on the official Edinburgh Airport website.

Airport Lounges

Servisair Executive Lounge: available to book at an extra cost

BA Terraces Lounge: available to British Airways passengers who are travelling first/business class

Flybe Lounge: available to Flybe Plus and Loganair Plus passengers

Transfer Details

Bus – the Airlink 100 express and Lothian No. 35 offer direct services to the city centre.

Car – Edinburgh city centre can be reached in 25 minutes (traffic dependent). Several car hire companies operate directly from the airport.

Taxi – you can pre-book a taxi (via the link provided) or take one of the black cabs located at the airport upon arrival.

Currency Information

GBP = Great British Pound (£)


Edinburgh has a temperate climate, meaning that it’s a relatively stable climate with minimal temperature change between seasons. Generally, the average temperature sits between 6°C and 13°C throughout the year. This temperate climate also means that rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year.

When in Edinburgh make time to visit

Edinburgh Castle: this historic fortress dominates the city skyline and is a must see for anyone visiting Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Zoo: Home to Tian Tian, a giant panda who’s rumoured to be pregnant.

Arthur’s Seat: the extinct volcano now offers a great opportunity to see Edinburgh from its highest point.

Royal Botanic Garden: explore plants and greenery from across the world in one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.

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