Getting to Edinburgh and the Lothians
An extensive network of road, rail and flight links makes travel to Edinburgh from London and the rest of the UK, Continental Europe and North America quick and convenient.
Edinburgh Airport lies 8 miles (12 km) west of the city centre and is easy to reach thanks to reliable and frequent bus services. A range of taxi services and car hire options using major companies are also available.
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport, with over 25 airlines offering direct and connecting flights to and from more than 100 UK, European and international destinations.
As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh enjoys easy access to the Scottish motorway network as does the Lothians, so it can be surprisingly quick and easy to get here by car.
If you're on a budget then buses and coaches are a great travel option. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network, so getting here by bus or coach could be easier than you might think.
Although there are no direct passenger ferry services to Edinburgh, it can be reached easily by road from ports in the north of England and in south west Scotland.
Edinburgh is easy to reach by train. Regular services run to the capital from around the country and the East Coast line is the fastest intercity railway in the UK, meaning trains from London to Edinburgh take less than 5 hours.
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.