About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and its also as one of the prettiest cities in Europe. Edinburgh is not only famous for its stunning landscape and rocky hills, but also because of the scenic views of the shimmering ocean. The city skyline is made up of buildings from different periods and endless cliffs.

It is also considered one of the most lively cities in Europe. It is a city that urges you to explore it on foot, through narrow streets, passageways, stairs, and hidden churchyards. Be sure to explore away from the main streets.

A visit here will definitely be worth it, considering the numerous things you can do and see. There's a lot you can do here with year-round festivals, exciting nightlife, and an entertaining arts scene. Edinburgh never falls short of interesting travel ventures for tourists.

Public Transport System

Edinburgh is a relatively small city, and it's more convenient to travel by foot. The public transport in the city comprises of taxis, trams, buses, and trains.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency- Very High Cleanliness- Very High

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • Edinburgh is a relatively small city, hence it is ideal to visit on foot. You'll still find taxis, buses, and trams to help you get around.
  • When it comes to transport Edinburgh has an excellent public transport system. Buses and trams are frequent and reliable, and cycling is pretty common. 
  • The main buses that operate in and around Edinburgh are Lothian Buses and First Edinburgh.
  • Lothian Buses offer different ticket types:
  • Single Fare - £1.70 per journey
  • Day Ticket (unlimited travel for one day) - £4.00
  • Ridacard (unlimited travel for one week - one year)
  • You also have an option of Airlink Bus
  • Airlink (Lothian Buses service 100) is a 24-hour express service between Edinburgh Airport and the city center. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.
  • Trams
  • Trams link Edinburgh Airport to the city center. The journey takes around 35 minutes.
  • Taxis
  • You can easily find a black taxi in Edinburgh which can be hailed in the street, booked by phone, or found at one of the many central taxi ranks. But, when it comes to Private Hire Cabs you must book it by phone in advance. It's important that they display their taxi license inside the car on the dashboard and usually on the outside of the car too.
  • Trains
  • Waverley Station is the main station of Edinburg to buy tickets, make reservations and get travel information at the Edinburgh Rail Travel Centre 
  • Cyclists can use the bus lanes and cycle paths around the city.
  • Edinburgh has a good network of cycle routes as well. 

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.00
Cup of Coffee USD 3.87
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.29
Rice/Kg USD 2.58
White Bread USD 1.29
Eggs (12) USD 2.58
Combo Meal USD 6.45
Fine Dining USD 19.34
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.29
Domestic Beer USD 1.29
Imported Beer USD 1.29
Bottle of Wine USD 10.32
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 12.89
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.29
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 2.58
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 973.49

Try restaurants when you are in Edinburgh as they say, "Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than anywhere else in the UK."

  • You can check out the city’s arts scene. It is the home of the world’s largest arts festival, after all. To name a few the Scottish National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, independent cinemas, and a number of renowned theatres. 
  • Please do not go out without a suncream, sunglasses, an umbrella, and a poncho on the same day out in the city. This is Scotland, and its weather is… indecisive!
  • Feel free to walk from A to B. As capital cities go, Edinburgh is pretty compact. If you can bear a few hilly bits along the way, Shank’s pony is an efficient way to get around.
  • Please don’t say “You’ll have had your tea then” to the person you’re with. This is an idiom used in Edinburgh (and on a certain radio programme) that pokes fun at Scots being careful with money. 
  • Don’t forget to explore the little closes (streets with no through access) dotted around the Old Town. There’s no better way to get in touch with Auld Reekie’s murky past. Don’t be afraid to go off-piste – you’ll never end up too far away from a recognizable landmark, and you can always navigate by the castle.
  • If you plan to go to Scotland in the winter buy one of those Harris Tweed “cowl” scarfs that really keeps out the wind

Night Life

Scotland is not the only famous for its football, here you will also have some of your best nightlife. The night sparkles with a list of things to do as midnight approaches. Nights out in Edinburgh are as vibrant and electric as you would want them to be. The clubs here include music which adds hip-hop, techno, and soul to jazz, blues, and folk music too. All of the dance lovers can just keep time with the music and hit the dance floor. If you just want to spend time watching some shows check the Usher Hall, the Queen’s Hall or the Jam House for world-class concerts and gigs. There's also a Cabaret Voltaire, Shanghai Club, Lulu and the Edinburgh Folk Club for those who are insane about that electrifying music and just want to get on to dancing.

Must See

  • Visit the city’s iconic medieval castle because it is pretty famous for climbing an extinct volcano.
  • Visit some of the world’s largest monuments, or exploring the city’s medieval past.
  • The Scotch Whisky is world famous and here is your opportunity to experience it at the Royal Mile where you can take master classes, training sessions, or simply enjoy some food and whisky at the restaurant.
  • Haggis is the national dish of Scotland and a must try for all visitors. It's made of sheep parts (heart, liver, lungs) that are mixed with onion, spices, fat, oatmeal, and stock, and then stuffed in a sheep’s stomach.
  • Some of the most popular attractions are the penguin walks and getting to see the resident giant pandas. However, you will also find tigers, lions, wallabies, chimps, red panda, and monkeys.
  • The famous J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter while she was here in one of the cafes as she worked on the book series and an entire post is devoted to Harry Potter sites in Edinburgh.
  • Festival celebrations in Edinburgh.where you get to indulge in some art, music, film, theatre, storytelling, books, military tattoos, science, and even the arrival of the New Year. Edinburgh is known as the World’s Festival City, and the city hosts around 11 major festivals throughout the year.
  • The Dungeon is located a  2-minute walk from Waverley train station and provides a quick 80-minute tour of Scotland’s history to visitors  It gives you an in-depth study of the darker side and more gruesome aspects of Scotland’s history like the plague, murder, cannibals, witches), and uses plenty of special effects and some scare tactics to give you some chills.

Experiences

  • For all those interested in outdoor activities and extreme sports, Scotland is the right place for you to indulge in the topmost adrenaline sports to definitely make your trip worth remembering. Scotland is perfect when it comes to bungee jumping because of the high places and scenery it has, the open ocean for scuba diving and fast flowing rivers for white water rafting.
  • Bungee jumping is the perfect adrenaline activity in Scotland where you can choose between free-falling into the lush surroundings of Highland Perthshire at Killiecrankie or leaping off Titan Crane in Glasgow.
  • There's nothing better than feeling the thermal currents as you gracefully glide like a bird through Scotland’s open skies. Through paragliding, you can view Scotland’s stunning landscapes and scenery. The Isle of Arran is a great place to get started. 
  • Nothing beats the high octane thrill of motor racing when it comes to extreme activities. If bikes are your passion and you’ve always dreamt of getting behind the wheel of a racing a Ferrari F430, an E-Type Jaguar or an Aston Martin,  you can experience it all in Scotland.
  • Scotland is famous as one of the topmost mountain biking locations because of its landscapes. You can just get off the road and feel the air as you tackle your obstacles and jumps in some of Scotland’s most beautiful places. 
  • Land yachting: it's like fun challenge activity where your fellow land yachters race along the sands.
  • You must try snowboarding, white water rafting, kite surfing, canyoning, and scuba diving.

Activities

Shopping

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  • Souvenirs are something that always reminds you of the good times spent. As you leave Scotland you can take some of the precious memories back home with you. Scotland is famous for its music, traditional fashion, craftsmanship, signature whisky, and much much more. But, while you are in Edinburgh, you can take back something special. Here are some ideas: 
  • Edinburgh Crystal
  • Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Cairn O'Mohr Wine
  • Kilt
  • Heathergems Jewelry
  • Tartan Scarf
  • Ghillie Brogues Shoes
  • Scottish Tea
  • Toiletries and Fragrances
  • Scottish Heather Honey

Official Language

English

Other Language

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Spoken Language

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Currency

Pound Sterling (GBP)

Population

8.2 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 8.85°C

TimeZone

23:02 PM (GMT +01:00)

 

Ambulance

999

 

Police

999

 

Electric socket

Type G
Type G ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Scots: Edinburgh Airport, Scottish Gaelic - EDI

Airport Name / IATA Code

Scottish Gaelic: Port-adhair Dhùn Èideann - ICAO: EGPH

Best time to visit

January, FebruaryJanuary and February are the quietest months and the easiest time to find accommodation, so the best time to visit.

Moderate time to visit

September, October, NovemberIt's less busy between September, October, and November so average on visiting.

Worst time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, and August It gets increasingly busier from March, April, May, June, July, and August which are considered as peak months so not advisable to visit during this time.

Taxi

Start Tariff: GBP 3.00

1 Km. Tariff: GBP 1.35

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: GBP 24.60

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