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Scotland's historic capital is a city of endless possibilities for culture-hungry travellers, offering a phenomenal variety of things to do and see. Having recently been dubbed the first UNESCO City of Literature, it's one of the most diverse destinations in the world, offering artistic inspiration and sensational shopping opportunities for every kind of wanderer - a bucket-list travel destination.

Flight frequency: Daily

Currency: GBP (£)

Population: 782,000

Overview of Edinburgh

You don't have to visit during the famous Fringe Festival or Hogmanay to make the most of Edinburgh. This dynamic destination attracts millions of tourists across all seasons, boasting a truly vibrant atmosphere unmatched by other cities. Famous for being highly walkable, the city centre is easily accessible from the airport thanks to the newly opened tram. The city boasts a truly magnificent focal point that no other destination in the world can rival – Edinburgh Castle. All activity in the city pivots around this magnificent medieval stronghold. The Old Town, described by Lonely Planet as ‘the most gothic city outside of Transylvania’, is a photographer’s paradise with its characterful spindly buildings and opulent Reformation era edifices. The New Town, by contrast, offers a cool cosmopolitan vibe, and an amazing array of designer department stores, high street shops and one-off boutiques.

Restaurants and nightlife in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is undoubtedly a foodies’ heaven, and there’s something to suit all taste buds. If you’re new to Scotland and want to try some traditional fare, you can’t do better than The Doric, Edinburgh’s oldest gastro-pub. Here you can enjoy the national dish of haggis, neeps and tatties, a meat pudding served with turnips and potatoes. Vegetarians won’t want to miss out on Henderson’s, an Edinburgh legend that dishes up unforgettable meat-free fare. After lining your stomach, why not sample Edinburgh’s buzzing nightlife. The city is bursting with quirky basement bars just waiting to be discovered, and Under the Stairs is among the best of these. Their cocktails are award-winning – we recommend the one-of-a-kind Beetroot & Wasabi Margarita.

Shopping in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the best destinations for fashion fans in the UK. Take a walk down the picturesque 18th century Princes Street and you’ll come across a great range of big-name department stores such as Marks & Spencer and Debenhams. Jenners is a particular highlight, with an impressive main hall that is beautifully decorated every Christmas. If you’re looking to make some posh purchases, get yourself to George Street, the most stylish shopping area in town. Alternatively, there’s nothing like the convenience of a shopping centre, and the Ocean Terminal at Leith Docks is the best of its kind. The centre offers great shopping, eateries and a cinema.

Events and attractions around Edinburgh

To get the full Edinburgh experience, hop on and off the award-winning guided bus tours and visit attractions like the Royal Yacht Britannia and the botanical gardens. Stroll down the Royal Mile to the awe-inspiring Holyrood Palace, and you’ll pass a plethora of cute cafes, eccentric souvenir shops and ancient pubs. The Real Mary King's Close, a seriously spooky tour of Edinburgh's ancient underground city streets, will really bring the Old Town to life. Head to the New Town for your art and culture fix – the area is home to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Edinburgh offers plenty of options for outdoorsy types, too; those fit enough to trek up Arthur’s Seat will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the city.

Find Hotels around Edinburgh

With a vast number of visitors every year, it comes a no surprise there are a wealth of accommodation options to choose. Everything from the height of luxury to the best of the basics, find your perfect place to stay with our search tool below.

Travel to and from Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is located in Ingliston, which is 5 miles from the city centre. It’s just off the M8 motorway, making it easy to reach by car.

IATA code: EDI

Name: Edinburgh Airport

Address: Edinburgh Airport, Scotland, EH12 9DN

Telephone: +44 (0)844 571 7410


There are plenty of parking options at Edinburgh Airport, and you can get great deals by booking online. Long stay parking will cost you from £56.99 for 7 days, while the Terminal Multi-Storey car park starts at £92.99. Thanks to the ongoing expansion work at the Airport, a multi storey car park with a fast track bridge to the new security hall will open in late 2014. You can pre-book online with us:

Public Transport

Edinburgh Airport was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2013, so it’s no wonder that there are great links to the city centre, making it easy for all types of travellers to get to their destinations without hassle or delay. The 100 bus goes from the airport directly to the city centre, and there is also a night bus. Trams are another quick and easy way to access the airport from Edinburgh city centre. You can interchange with rail services at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket stations.


Edinburgh City Private Hire manages the taxi service at Edinburgh Airport. These taxis must be booked in advance, and their office is located by the pick-up area in the multi-storey car park. Call 0844 448 8576 or fill out the booking form on the Edinburgh Airport website.

Car hire

All the big-name car hire brands can be found at Edinburgh Airport, including Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, Avis and more. There’s a handy new car rental centre at the airport, so you’ll find all these companies conveniently in one place.