Edinburgh Airport To City Centre Transfer Options

Edinburgh Airport may only be eight miles (12km) from the city center, but if it’s your first time to visit this beautiful city, even getting out of the terminal can be quite daunting. There are various options to get you from Edinburgh airport to the city center, where you have most likely booked your accommodations.

Depending on your preference or budget, you can rent a car with a chauffeur or take the bus and get you started right away on ‘feeling’ the city. Here’s a quick guide to transport from Edinburgh airport to the city center. 

Edinburgh Airport To City Centre Transfer Options

Bus from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Bus from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Airlink 100

Lothian is the main bus company in Edinburgh, which provides reliable public transportation to and from the airport with its Airlink 100 express bus service. 

These buses are conveniently located outside the main airport entrance, making it easily accessible even for those arriving and visiting Edinburgh for the first time.

Airlink 100 buses offer frequent departures, comfortable seats, and free Wi-Fi. Depending on the traffic, the average travel time from the airport to the city center is around 25 minutes. 

Route / Stops:

Edinburgh Airport to Waverley Bridge (this is close to Princes Street as well as the main rail and bus stations). Stops include Edinburgh Zoo, Haymarket Station and Princes Street (shopping street in the city center).

Schedule:

This express bus service operates 24/7 and departs every 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. 

Tickets:

£4.50 for a single journey £7.00 for return. 

Reductions for Children apply.

Where to buy tickets:

Tickets can be bought at the bus stop, or from the driver. You can also pre-book an Airlink bus ticket through this site

Skylink 200

You can also choose Skylink 200 if you’re going from Edinburgh airport to the North of the city center. These buses are found at Stop B on the terminal forecourt, outside the main entrance.

Route / Stops:

This service runs from the Edinburgh airport to Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Stops at Clermiston, Blackhall, Drylaw, Muirhouse, and Newhaven. 

Schedule:

From 04:55 and 00:00, seven days a week.

Departs from Edinburgh Airport every 30 minutes.

Tickets:

Single £4.50, return £7.50 (reductions for children).

Where to buy tickets:

On the bus

Skylink 300

Another option if you’re going to the Southern part of the city center, via West Edinburgh. These buses are found at Stop F on the terminal forecourt, outside the main entrance.

Route / Stops:

This bus runs from Edinburgh airport to Ocean Terminal in Leith 

Passes through  West Edinburgh with stops at Slateford, Fountainbridge, Surgeons’ Hall and Newington to Cameron Toll.

Schedule:

This service leaves every 20 minutes from Monday to Friday on daytime and every 30 minutes on evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets:

Single £4.50, return £7.50 (reductions for children).

Where to buy tickets:

On the bus

N22 Night Bus

You can also travel via the N22 from Edinburgh Airport. This bus is found at Stop D on the terminal forecourt, outside the main entrance.

Route / Stops:

This bus runs from the Edinburgh airport via South Gyle to the city centre to Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Schedule:

Operates between 00:45 and 04:15, seven nights a week.

Leaves Edinburgh airport every 30 minutes.

Tickets:

 £3 flat fare (unlimited travel for one night).

Where to buy tickets:

On the bus

Tram from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Tram from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Another option when going from the airport to the city center is via Edinburgh’s reliable train system. 

You can find the tram stop at the east side of the terminal building, within a  short walking distance from the departures and arrivals areas.

Travel time is consistently at 35 minutes from the airport to the Edinburgh city center.

Route / Stops:

Edinburgh Airport to Princes Street Tram Stop or St Andrew Square Tram Stop

Schedule:

Trams run from 06.18 to 22.48 

Departs every 8 to 10 minutes. 

Tickets:

5.50 for a single journey and £8.50 for return, 

Reductions for Children apply. 

Where to buy tickets:

You can buy tram tickets from ticket vending machines at the airport tram station, ticket machines at every tram stop or you can purchase a ticket online before you travel.

Taxi from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Taxi from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

If you want relatively more private transport from Edinburgh airport to the city center, you may avail of taxi service. You may choose between an airport taxi or one of those city ‘black cabs’. They have separate ranks located outside the east end of the terminal building.

You can opt to pre-book Edinburgh Airport’s official taxi service by calling 0844 448 8576. You can find this taxi rank on the ground floor of the multi-story car park. You can also just pick up a black cab at the rank on the ground floor of the multi-story car park. 

Travel time depends on the traffic, but the average is 25 minutes from the airport to the city center. 

Fare:

Taxis at Edinburgh airport do not charge a flat rate fee but they instead use a taximeter to figure out the price depending on the distance traveled. The usual fare may vary slightly but will be about 22.83€ (£20).

Car Hire from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Car Hire from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

If getting on a can isn’t your thing and wanted a more relaxing, fuss-free transfer from the airport to Edinburgh’s city center, car hire is the best option. Almost all of the top international car hire companies, as well as the local Scottish operators, are at the Edinburgh airport.

You may book right after you have landed, but it’s recommended to book in advance online via rentalcars.com where you can easily compare car companies and choose the best deal. Rates per day depending on the season (peak / off-peak tourist season) or month of the year.

By car, travel time from the airport (via the A8 Glasgow Road) to the city centre (St. Andrew Square) in Edinburgh takes at least 20 minutes. 

 

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