A city of contrasts

Edinburgh consists of a medieval Old Town with cobbled streets and the New Town with its Georgian avenues, shops, gardens and relaxing cafés and restaurants. Scotland's capital is said to be built on seven hills and boasts some panoramic views from its peaks. The city is home to Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park. Edinburgh Castle sits on a hilltop and looms over the city. Edinburgh is also home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny that was traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.

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Best Edinburgh travel times

This city can be wet and windy all year round. However, the best weather is between May and September when days can be warm and sunny.

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Preparatory travel information

Book accommodation a year in advance if planning to visit during the festival season. At Edinburgh Festival time the city is extremely busy. The cost of living in Edinburgh can be less expensive than London. Prices are approximately average for the UK. An inexpensive meal in a restaurant or café will cost about £10 and a beer costs about £3.50.

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Arriving in Edinburgh, getting around and hotels

Transport from Edinburgh airport to the city centre is straightforward. The airport is situated 10 miles from the city centre and the Edinburgh Tramway takes 35 minutes for the journey from airport to central Edinburgh. The price is about £5 for an adult single journey and £8 or so for an open return ticket. The Airlink express takes 25 minutes, at an approximate price of £4 for a single fare and an open return of £7 or thereabouts. There is a bus service but it is slow. The Lothian bus number 35 takes takes 1 h 35 minutes to travel from the airport to central Edinburgh. The cost is approximately £1.50 for a single journey. 

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