There are a few ways to get from Edinburgh airport to the City Centre. There is a direct tram service that runs from Edinburgh airport to the city centre during the day time. There’s also a shuttle bus between Edinburgh and the airport that operates 24 hours a day. Finally, private transfers offer the most comfortable and stress-free way of travelling.
It takes under 35 minutes to get from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. Trams run every 7 minutes from approx. 6.18am to 10.48pm (you can see live timetable here) and are a fast and efficient way of traveling. The tram goes to major locations in the city.
The major tram stops include:
Haymarket, which is one of Edinburgh’s two main train stations. Nearby hotels include the Travelodge Haymarket, Apex Haymarket and Edinburgh Grosvenor. There are also plenty of connecting bus routes that go to various locations in the city
West End, which is located in Edinburgh’s upmarket neighbourhood. Hotels within walking distance include The Bonham and Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
Princes Street, which lies in the heart of the city centre. This is the perfect place to get off if you are looking to go from Edinburgh Airport straight to the city centre. Princes Street is the major shopping area, and the stop is within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Nearby hotels include the Travelodge, Mercure, and Royal British Hotel
St Andrew Square is where you’ll find a lot of restaurants. It’s a good place to get off if you are looking to eat lunch or dinner. It’s within walking distance of Waverley, the other major station in Edinburgh, as well as Edinburgh bus station. Nearby hotels include Ibis Styles St Andrew Square
The final tram stop is York Place. There are a lot of restaurants and bars in this area and bus connections to the Port of Leith. Nearby hotels include the Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and York House Hotel.
There are also several buses that go from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. The main bus is the Airlink 100 which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s a great option if your flight arrives early in the morning or late at night when the tram doesn’t operate. The journey from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre takes around 30 minutes, with stops at Haymarket, West End, Princes Street and Waverley Bridge.