Transport for English Language Students - Getting around Edinburgh and further afield

Getting around Edinburgh & surrounding areas

Edinburgh has an exceptionally good travel network, but as with any unfamiliar place it can take a while to get used to the best methods of moving around and discovering places to visit. This section tells you a bit more the main transport systems and where to find out more information.

Bus Travel

Buses are the most common method of travel for many people in and around the city and there is an extensive network. The main bus station in central Edinburgh is in the city centre, only around 10 minutes walk from the School.

The principal bus company is Lothian Busses and you can plan journeys on their website - here. 

Other major bus companies, including those who run some of the longer-distance routes include:

Edinburgh's Tram System

Edinburgh has a new tram system, connecting the airport with the city centre.  The tram system is modern, clean and easy to use.  You can find out more information here.


Rail Travel

Waverley is the main rail station for destinations to the east and west and throughout Britain, with trains to London running regularly and taking about four hours.   There are regular trains to Glasgow Queen Street station every 15 minutes during the business day and every half hour outside of peak times.  There is also a limited suburban train network around Edinburgh, with local stations throughout the city. 

There are several rail companies operating across the UK.  The main company in Scotland is Scotrail and you can buy tickets for any journey in the UK (even by other rail companies) from their website, or any of the others listed below.


Air Travel

Edinburgh International Airport: Edinburgh's main airport with routes to the USA, and Canada, Spain and major hubs such as Amsterdam and Heathrow. It also handles flights to the small Scottish islands. There is a tram connection and also frequent bus connections into the city centre.  You can find the airport's website here.




Everything about the School is wonderful. I could hardly speak a word of English when I arrived but the teachers are so patient and helpful.
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