There are several ways to get into Edinburgh, but the tram is a frequent, reliable and inexpensive option.
The tram takes you into the city in around 35 minutes, and runs every 8-12 minutes. You can connect with rail services at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket stations. All trams have free Wi-Fi.
Cost: GBP 5 one-way, GBP 8 return
Buying tickets: Ticket machines at the tram stop
The number 100 airport express bus service takes you to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations) in around 30 minutes, and runs every 10 minutes. You'll need to take the number 22 night bus from 00:00-04:00.
To save money, you can take the number 35 bus to the Royal Mile, but the journey is a lot longer.
Cost: GBP 4 one-way, GBP 7 return (GBP 1.40 one-way, GBP 3.50 for a day ticket on the 35 bus)
Buying tickets: Online, at the airport information desk, at the bus stop or from the driver
A trip into the city centre takes about 25 minutes and all taxis are wheelchair accessible. When travelling back to the airport, your taxi can drop you off in one of two locations:
Cost: GBP 20-25 (plus drop-off fee)
Location: Directly opposite the terminals, ground floor of the multi-storey car park
Edinburgh Airport lies around 10km west of the city centre and is a small but pleasant airport - winning Second Best Airport in Europe in the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International in 2011. There have, however, been reports of difficulties and queues going through security, so allow plenty of time.
It has one terminal building on two levels:
Eat and shop airside
There's only a Costa café and a Starbucks landside, but plenty more eating options airside, so it's best to check in before grabbing a bite. The same goes for shopping, there's a lot more choice after security. However the landside M&S Simply Food shop is a good place if you want to buy something cheap yet good quality to eat once you're through security.
Car Rental Centre is available across from the main terminal, provided by Europcar, Dollar, Hertz, National, Thrifty, Alamo, Avis, Budget.
The Edinburgh Castle, with its rich history and fantastic views of the city, is well worth a visit. You can get there in 30-45 minutes using any mode of transport. Explore the castle on your own or take a guided tour. Tickets cost GBP 16 on the door, but you can avoid the queues by pre-booking online.
You can deposit your luggage in a safe storage faciltiy on the ground floor of the UK Arrivals area. The facility is open from 6am to 10pm every day. Luggage storage costs £7.50 per day.
The Airport Gallery features an extensive collection of contemporary art, craft and design by some of Scotlands most renowned talents. Most items are available for sale. The gallery is located near Gate 12.
You can recharge your electronic devices for free at designated areas of the airport. Power outlets are located at Caffè Nero on the first floor (before security) and at WHSmith Café near Gate 16 (after security).
Edinburgh Airport has baby change rooms in the following locations:
Before security, in UK arrivals (behind Costa). Before security, on the first floor near WH Smith After security, near Gate 11. In the international baggage reclaim hall (for arriving passengers only).
The airport offers three soft play areas for children. You will find them in 1) the main departure lounge opposite The Liquorice Tree, 2) opposite Gate 2, and 3) in the south-east pier beside Gate 15 .
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