Edinburgh Airport is located approximately 6 miles or 9 kilometres from the city centre. When flying in, bus and tram airport transfers to the city are available for passengers. There are some interesting quirks to these services that are worth mentioning.

Airport Transfers by Bus

The Airlink service which is timetabled as Route 100 operates between Edinburgh Airport and Waverley Bridge in the middle of the city. This bus service operates every 10 minutes or more throughout the day. There is a reduction to half hourly between 1am and 4am which is understandable.

Services are timetabled to take approximately 21 minutes each way which is quite a snappy journey time. Tickets are priced at £7.50 return and the buses are operated by coaches which have ample space for passengers and their luggage.

Airport Transfers by Tram

Edinburgh Trams have a terminus at the airport and service commenced in 2014. This runs from the airport to York Place in the city centre which is very close to hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express and The Glasshouse.

Journey times are around 37 minutes end to end and tickets are £8.50 return. The tram has many stops which may be more convenient for your hotel and it does connect to rail stations along the way.

Overall Thoughts

What is interesting to me is the tram takes longer than the bus and costs more. In most places in the world I have visited, any kind of rail connection is usually faster than travelling by road and often cheaper. Despite this, I recommend either service. The bus is quick, convenient and popular while the tram does not take much longer and is just as convenient while not being as busy.

Scotland is a wonderful place to visit with both Edinburgh and Glasgow having very different scenery and nightlife to enjoy. There is also the highlands and Loch Ness and many other sights to see and experience. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions please leave them below.

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