Eco-friendly travel to and within Edinburgh

Travel around Scotland's capital the green way.

Low Carbon Double Deckers

[Image courtesy of Lothian]

Being a capital city, Edinburgh is connected to the rest of the UK via plenty of low carbon transport options. And once you get here, there are lots of ways that you can get around quickly and easily without leaving a huge carbon footprint.

Getting here.

Edinburgh boasts regular connections to many other parts of the UK through the bus and rail network. Travel the green way to Edinburgh and arrive in one of the city's main transport hubs right in the centre of town. 

By Rail.

Edinburgh Waverley Sign

[Image by Network Rail]

Edinburgh is home to two of the UK's busiest railway stations: Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley. Depending where you are coming from, your route may stop at one or both. Haymarket is located at Edinburgh's West End and is the best option for hotels such as The Leonardo Royal Hotel, Staycity Aparthotels and The Edinburgh Grosvenor, as well The EICC, the city's principal convention and conference centre. 

Discover more about Edinburgh's West End > 

Edinburgh Waverley is the most central railway station, located right beside The Balmoral Hotel and within easy walking distance of hotels such as Mercure EdinburghHotel Indigo and The Old Waverley Hotel. Princes Street is also the city's main shopping thoroughfare, where you'll find a variety of high-street names, as well as an excellent range of cafes, bars & restaurants. 

Discover more about Princes Street in our guide to Edinburgh's New Town > 

Scotrail offers local services to Edinburgh for the rest of Scotland, from locations such as Glasgow, Inverness, The Borders and Fife. You can also get to Edinburgh from various locations across Scotland and the North of England via the Transpennine Express, serving cities such as Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Hull.

LNER connects Edinburgh with the East Coast railway, with stops at Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle, York, Darlington, Peterborough and London King's Cross, to name a few. It is only a short walk from London King's Cross to St Pancras International, where you can travel even further afield to Europe via Eurostar.

By Road.

Another low-carbon way to arrive in Edinburgh is via bus or coach. Edinburgh's main bus terminus is located on St Andrew Square, right in the heart of Edinburgh's East End.

Scottish Citylink connects Edinburgh to five of Scotland's main cities: Aberdeen, Perth, Glasgow, Dundee and Inverness at least once an hour during peak times. There is also a daily service to Fort William which stops at some of the most popular destinations in the Highlands including Glencoe and Bridge of Orchy. You can even get the bus to Belfast and Londonderry with a connection via the Stena Line Ferry. 

If you're coming to Edinburgh from England and the South, Megabus and National Express connect Scotland's capital with major cities across the UK, including London, Bath and Birmingham. 

Getting Around.

Once you arrive in Edinburgh, it is very easy to get around the low carbon way. Most of the city's main attractions are within walking distance of each other, and longer journeys are well served by our extensive bus, tram and cycle network.

By Bus.

Lothian Buses is one of Edinburgh's biggest public transport providers, and has continually invested in low-emission solutions like hybrid and fully-electric buses. As part of their Bus2020 Pledge, they are committed to having their entire fleet operating at Euro 5 or above, to reduce particulates by 75%, reduce harmful nitrogen oxide emissions by 98%, and meet the Scottish Government's target of 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Read more about Bus 2020> 

All this means that bus is one of the most convenient and greenest ways to get around Edinburgh.

By Tram.

Haymarket Station And Tram

In addition to the comprehensive bus network, Edinburgh Trams offer another safe, reliable and efficient way of getting around the city. The tram route currently runs from Edinburgh Airport to York Place in Edinburgh's city centre, stopping at Murrayfield Stadium, Haymarket Station and Princes Street along the way. 

By Bike.

Just Eat Cycles Grassmarket

Discover Edinburgh by pedal power. Edinburgh’s cycle hire scheme, Just Eat Cycles, offers visitors and residents alike a unique and wonderful way to explore the capital in a simple and affordable way. Experience a different side of Edinburgh and its many hidden gems that you might never have found. Hop on a bike with friends and see what you might find! 

Bikes can be hired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days year so you can always access the bikes when you need one. Find out more >


Trains, planes and automobiles. Find out more about Edinburgh's transport options and find the best way into the city for you >