There are many, many visitors to Edinburgh both new and returning and what we find as accommodation-finders for these visitors is that once we have found them a great place to stay, often they have any number of questions about this great city, most of which are nothing to do with accommodation!
Therefore we have put together this "Toolkit" of useful information and websites which will we hope offer some help with these questions and provide visitors to Edinburgh with the information they need to make their stay in Scotland's capital city all the more pleasureable.
Beginning with travel, this is the most common question we hear, "how do we get from A to B in Edinburgh"?
Beginning with air travel, Edinburgh has its own International airport, Edinburgh Airport. Many global destinations are accessible directly from here, and this website offers all the information you need to plan the next leg of your journey or to find real-time arrival and departure information. This excellent website also has a comprehensive "Transport Links" page which directs visitors to all the different means of taking the next stage of your journey away from the airport.
If you have hired a car from the airport, or from any other place in Edinburgh it is likely that for peace of mind you would like to know how to plan your route. The AA Route Planner website offers the ultimate detail-based route planner which you can peruse prior to starting your journey.
There are two mail railway stations in Central Edinburgh, Edinburgh Waverley Train Station and Haymarket Train Station, both within walking distance of Edinburgh's primary shopping area, Princes Street. In addition we have included links to some of the primary rail companies' websites to allow for ease of planning your next excursion. Many great Scottish attractions are accessible easily by rail, and no more than 3 hours on a train can take you places you've only ever dreamed of seeing! ScotRail East Coast Rail Cross Country Rail.
Getting around Edinburgh city itself couldn't be simpler - the council runs its own dedicated Edinburgh bus company and here's the website: Lothian Buses. The drivers are (usually!) very friendly and offer great advice on what to do and see in the city.
For more bus travel information CityLink buses offer routes further afield.
Finally for more general travel information in Scotland this website, Traveline Scotland is very good.
If you feel like catching up on local news then the online site of Edinburgh-based The Scotsman newspaper has country-wide news stories as well as sections focused on the east of Scotland and Edinburgh in particular.
This television-based station, STV Local, provides an alternative local news source.
Currency & Clock
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