Edinburgh travel guide

Edinburgh travel guide

Country: Scotland (Scotland)
City: Edinburgh (Edinburgh)
Languages: English
Currency: GBP

Interesting facts about Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh became the capital city of Scotland in 1437.
  • The city was built on seven hills, just like Rome.
  • The nickname of Edinburgh, Auld Reekie (Old Smoky), comes from the constant burning of coals and wood in the city’s homes.
  • The Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano.
  • The Royal Mile Street is called in this way because it is a mile long street connecting two royal residences – Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace.
  • The beautiful Princes Street Gardens once was a lake, called North Loch. It was used for witch trials and executions.
  • Charles Dickens invented the famous character of Scrooge in Edinburgh. He misread the tomb of the merchant Ebenezer Scroggie in the Canongate Kirkyard. He read Meanman instead of Mealman (a corn trader).
  • J. K. Rowling was inspired for the name of her most famous character here in Edinburgh. She got the name of Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle) from a grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Edinburgh travel guide

Edinburgh airport

The Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is about 15km from the city centre. See how to reach it.

Airport map

Getting around

Major train stations

Edinburgh has two major train stations: Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station and Haymarket Railway Station.

To plan your journey use this online tool.

Scotland’s railway

Major bus stations

Edinburgh Bus Station is the major bus station.


There is no subway in Edinburgh.

Buses and trams

The Lothian Buses serve the city of Edinburgh.

Bus tickets and timetables

Tram tickets and timetables

Where to stay

Check out my guide where to stay in Edinburgh.

Day trips from Edinburgh

Check out these ideas for day trips from Edinburgh.

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3 days in Edinburgh

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Where and what to eat in Edinburgh

The 6 best Highland tours from Edinburgh

One day trips from Edinburgh

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass review