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  • Edinburgh is a very compact and attractive city - the best way to see it is on foot, by bicycle or using the excellent public transport network.

    Walking & Cycling

    Although Edinburgh is quite hilly, the city centre is very compact - which explains why 23% of Edinburgh residents walk to work! Much can be seen on foot and in fact many places can really only be accessed by walking, for example the historic closes (alleyways) branching off from the Royal Mile.

    Cycling for transport and leisure is very popular in Edinburgh, so you won't be alone in taking to the streets on two wheels. Edinburgh Council has produced some excellent leaflets mapping a selection of cycle routes in Edinburgh with things to see along the way. Click through to their cycling page for more details.

    Railway

    There are two train stations in the city centre: Edinburgh Waverley (the city's main station) and Edinburgh Haymarket. Outlying areas and neighbouring towns like Musselburgh and Prestonpans are served by some local services - a regional rail map shows the local network, and you can plan your journey at www.networkrail.co.uk

    Buses & Trams

    Edinburgh has a very effective bus network; buses are frequent and coverage of the city is good. Edinburgh Council's bus information page has good information on bus services within Edinburgh as well as inter-city bus travel. A really useful tool is Traveline Scotland's excellent journey planner, which will work out your journey from door to door in detail via any mode of public transport. One thing to remember: buses in Edinburgh don't all give change, so you might need to make sure you have the right money.

    One standout service is Lothian Buses' Airlink bus, which runs between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre - see www.flybybus.com for details.

    Taxis

    Edinburgh has London-style black cabs, which can be hailed in the street or booked in advance by your hotel or restaurant. You can also arrange taxi transfers in advance online with First Travel taxi and chauffeur service.

    Driving

    Edinburgh has excellent park and ride facilities, so even if you're driving you needn't bring your car into the city centre.

    Edinburgh Council collect real time information on spaces in off-street parking facilities. More information can be found at the Council's parking resources page.

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