Flights to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport lies 8km to the west of Edinburgh and is the third biggest city in the UK in terms of airport passenger numbers, following London and Manchester. Visitors can get to and from the airport by bus, car and taxi. Subject to the time of day, the average journey time can take approximately 25 minutes.
A regular airport bus is operated by Airlink 100 and runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day departing from Waverley Bridge. Tickets can be bought at the airport information desk, at the bus stop, from the driver or online. Full airport bus details are available to view at: http://www.edinburghairport.com/transport-links/buses-and-coaches
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Trains to Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s two major railway stations, Waverley and Haymarket, operate regular services to other parts of Scotland and the UK on a frequent basis.
LNER provide links from Edinburgh to London, Newcastle, York, Leeds and Aberdeen. Rail travellers can travel to London in approximately five hours.
TransPennine Express has services into Edinburgh from Manchester Airport, Manchester, Preston, Leeds, York and Newcastle. Save over 50% on train travel to Edinburgh when you book in advance.
Virgin Rail operates a service on the west coast to London via Lockerbie, Preston, Birmingham and Coventry.
Caledonian Sleeper is a popular overnight service operating between Edinburgh and London (Euston) every night (except Saturday). With a range of accommodation types, guests can wake up in Edinburgh refreshed and ready to start their day. For more information and to book visit sleeper.scot.
Scotrail operates a full schedule of trains throughout Scotland. Visit Scotrail’s website for full details.
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Lots of cruise ships dock near Edinburgh every year, and there are plenty of links to get you from your ship right into the city centre.
Most of the larger ships dock in South Queensferry, offering a fantastic view of the Forth Bridges on your arrival. To get into town from Hawes Pier, simply hop on the Lothian Buses X99 (running May to September). The journey will take around 45 minutes. Find out more information and take a look at the timetable here.
Many cruise ships also dock at Leith, which is very well connected to Edinburgh city centre. Head to Ocean Terminal (5 minute's walk from port) and you can get Lothian Buses 22 or 300 to the city centre and Royal Mile.
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For those visiting the UK from overseas, the Home Office website provides useful information on the types of visas available. Further information is available on their website . . .
Many of the foreign consulates based in Scotland are located in Edinburgh, whilst Embassies and High Commissions are largely based in London.
Edinburgh's consulates work to promote contacts between their countries and Scotland, and to support their citizens who are temporarily or permanently resident in the Scotland. For UK Residents wishing to travel they often help with arrangements for visas.
Consulates can also fulfil a crucial role in public diplomacy, in facilitating cultural and academic links, and in promoting trade - assisting companies to invest and to import and export goods and services both inwardly to their home country and outward to their host country.