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How to get from Edinburgh Airport to City Centre

There are three different options when travelling from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre, taking a taxi, the bus or tram. The quickest transfer option is to take an Edinburgh airport taxi, which are available 24/7 at Edinburgh airport. This journey will take around 25 minutes in light traffic and costs approximately 22.83€ (£20). The cheapest form of transportation into the city centre is to take the Airlink 100 Express Bus, which costs 5.14€ (£4.50) one-way and takes 30 minutes. Your final option is to take the tram. Tickets for the tram come to 6.85€ (£6) one-way, and your journey shouldn't take longer than 35 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €10.28 30min 24/7
Taxi €22.83 25min 24/7
Tram €13.70 35min 06:18–22:48

How to get form Edinburgh airport to city centre by bus

Taking a bus from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre is a highly convenient and cost-effective transfer option. The Airlink 100 Express Bus runs 24/7, takes just 30 minutes to reach Waverly Station in the city centre and costs 5.14€ (£4.50) one-way.

How much is the bus from Edinburgh airport to city centre?

Taking the Airlink 100 Express Bus from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre will cost you 5.14€ one-way. You can buy your tickets in advance online, from the driver on the bus or from one of the automatic ticket machines found in the arrivals hall.

Cost

5.14€

Trip Duration

30 Min.

There's a waiting time of 10 minutes

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Airlink 100 Express Bus is available every 10 minutes 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the blue and yellow Airlink 100 Express Bus by waiting at stop D in the bus terminal of Edinburgh (EDI) airport. The Airlink 100 Express Bus stops at Waverly Bridge, next to Waverly Train Station in the city centre.

Convenience

The Airlink 100 Express Bus runs every 10 minutes 24/7, so no matter what time you land, you can hop on at a bus and make your way directly to the city centre, making it a highly convenient transfer option.

Editor’s Note

The Airlink 100 Express Bus stops at Waverly Bridge which is near Princes Street, Waverly Train Station and the main bus station, so it's very easy to travel onwards to your hotel.

Useful Tips

There's no luggage storage under the bus, however there are a few luggage rails available.
Book your tickets in advance online to avoid queues and additional time in the airport.
You cannot pay for your ticket in Euros, only GBP.

How to get from Edinburgh airport to city centre by taxi

Taking an Edinburgh airport taxi from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre is a highly comfortable and quick transfer option. The 'black cabs' at Edinburgh airport don't have a flat rate fee, so the price will be around 22.83€ (£20) for the journey into the city and shouldn't take more than 25 minutes in light traffic.

Taxi fare from Edinburgh airport to city centre

Taxis at Edinburgh airport don't have a flat rate fee into the city centre, instead, they work out the price using a taximeter based on the distance travelled. Your final fee may vary slightly but will be around 22.83€ (£20).

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM EDI - TO CITY CENTRE
€22.83
€22.83
25 min
FROM EDI - TO GLASGOW
€86.75
€86.75
45 min
FROM EDI - TO DUNDEE
€102.75
€102.75
70 min

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Convenience

Nothing beats door to door service, and the only way to achieve this when travelling from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre is with a taxi transfer.

Editor’s Note

Standard sized taxis can take up to 4 people, so when you split the cost, it becomes one of the cheapest transfer options from Edinburgh airport.

Useful Tips

You can ask your driver for an estimated fee into the city centre, but the final amount will depend on traffic levels and your hotel's location.
Some taxis in Edinburgh now accept card payments, look for the sign on the window of your taxi or ask your driver if you're unsure.
Standard sized taxis can hold up to 4 people with moderate luggage.

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How to get from Edinburgh airport to city centre by tram?

Taking a tram is a convenient and fun transfer option from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to Haymarket Train Station in the city centre. The journey will take only 35 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 6.85€ (£6).

How much does the tram cost from Edinburgh airport to the city centre?

Taking the tram from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre will cost you 6.85€ (£6) one-way, but children under the age of 5 travel for free.

Cost

6.85€

Trip Duration

35 Min.

There's a 7 minutes waiting time.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The tram is available from 06.18 to 22.48 at Edinburgh airport.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the Edinburgh airport tram stop by following the clearly marked tram icons in the baggage claim and terminal buildings. The tram stop is located on the ground floor. The tram makes a few stops in the city centre but the main stop is at Haymarket Train Station.

Convenience

A direct tram runs from Edinburgh (EDI) airport to the city centre every 7 minutes and takes only 35 minutes, which is highly convenient. However, if you arrive between 22.48 to 06.18, you will need to search for another form of transportation as the trams don't run.

Editor’s Note

The tram is one of the only transfer options that offers free WiFi on board, so you can let, your loved ones back home, know you arrived safely.

Useful Tips

There is limited luggage storage on the trams, so be sure to keep your luggage close and keep a grip on it during your journey.
The trams only accept payment in GBP, not euros, so have some cash with you.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Edinburgh airport to city centre?

Taxis at Edinburgh airport don't offer a flat rate fee to the city centre, instead, they charge using a taximeter that calculates its cost based on the distance traveled. The approximate cost for this journey will be 22.83€ (£20).

How long does the tram takes from Edinburgh airport to city centre?

There is a direct tram that runs from Edinburgh airport to the city centre. The tram runs every 7 minutes from 06.18 to 22.48 and takes 35 minutes to reach the city.

Is there a train from Edinburgh airport to city centre?

Unfortunately, there isn't a train that runs from Edinburgh airport to the city centre. However, there is a tram and a bus public transfer option. The Airlink 100 Express Bus takes 30 minutes and costs 5.14€ (£4.50) one-way, and the tram costs 6.85€ (£6) one-way and takes 35 minutes to reach the city centre.

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