MOVING FOR EDINBURGH
Photo, 2007 DavidArthur
The Scottish Lothian manages the road network with which it is possible to move to Edinburgh. From the 2014, next to the buses, it is also possible to use the tramway line, although the tramline has been criticized for the excessively long times, and the high costs for the construction.
Obviously, the best way to get around the city center is on foot. The historic center, quite concentrated, is ideal for walking and admiring the surrounding beauty.
Over 50 bus lines, active early in the morning, ideal for getting around Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. Of these lines, there are the express lines and the line serving the airport. Along with the traditional lines, there are East Coast buses, which serve the areas of Macmerry, Haddington, Dunbar, North Berwick, Ormiston and Pencaitland.
Buses are generally active every day, from 04: 00 approximately, until midnight. After this time, night service is active. 12 bus lines, perform service from 00: 15 to 04: 00, with a frequency, even, of 10 minutes. A truly remarkable service. Night buses are identified by the letter N before their numbering; serve the center and the suburbs, including the airport (N22). IMPORTANT: night buses have different rates.
Despite the criticism, the tram is an excellent solution to move around Edinburgh, with many positive elements. The only tramway operates from the airport to York Place, with a total of 16 stations.
The tram, by its characteristics, is accessible by all people with reduced mobility, wheelchair users and, of course, families with strollers. Each tram stop can be used at 100% by the disabled, thanks to the presence of lifts and moving walkways.
The first tram leaves from York Place to the 05: 30, while, in the opposite direction, from the airport, leaves at 06: 15. Last ride from York Place to 23: 30; last run from the airport, at 22: 48. The frequency is 7 minutes.
Taxis and tourist buses are an alternative to traditional public transport. There are, among other things, several buses that make special tours within the city.
There are different types of tickets, suitable for different uses and needs. For those who occasionally used public transport in Edinburgh, the SINGLEticket It is the ideal solution. In this case, the ticket is different for buses and trams; the cost is the same: 1,60 £ per adult and 0,80 £ from 5 to 15 years. On buses, it allows you to make a single run on the day lines. On trams, you can take a trip from York Place to Ingliston Park; It must be used within 30 minutes of validation.
Il NIGHTticket, allows the use of night buses. It costs £ 3,00, and is purchased exclusively on board the vehicle
Il DAYticket - City Zone, is the equivalent of a daily ticket, and allows you to make unlimited transfers during the day of validation, on all buses and trams in the city, excluding the airport and East Coast Zone; costs 4 £. Furthermore, there is the DAY & NIGHTticket which allows unlimited use of buses (including night buses) and trams in the CITY area from 18: 00 to 04: 00 in the morning.
Il SINGLEticket AIRPORT ZONE, costs 5,50 £ (adult), and allows you to make a ride on the entire tramway line, from the airport to York Place; children from 5 to 15 years, pay the reduced rate of 3,00 £.
Il Network DAYticketin our opinion, it is an excellent solution. It costs £ 9,00 per adult, with 50% discount for children from 5 to 15 years, and allows you to use all means of the entire network. Also included are transfers from the airport by tram, Airlink, night bus, East Coast bus.
The best solution, however, for those wishing to move to Edinburgh by public transport, is RIDACARD. It is a sort of real subscription, really convenient, ideal for those who use the means in a non-occasional way. It costs £ 18,00 per adult, in the one week version. With the RIDACARD you can use, for the whole period, buses, trams, night lines, airport transfers with Airlink, and Skylink. It can be purchased, as in the case of tickets, at the numerous points of sale and agencies that display the brand.