around the Scottish capital is best done by a combination
of bus and foot.
Edinburgh city centre is well served by a frequent and
somewhat reliable bus service. This may be due to the
fact that there are a number of different operators running
buses along popular city centre routes, however Travelline
Scotland offer impartial bus travel advice.
With more than 50 routes to choose from as long as you
are in Edinburgh’s urban area you’ll be nearby
a bus stop. Most services run every 10 to 15 minutes so
you shouldn’t have to wait too long.
The most common bus you’ll see on the streets are
the purple/maroon “corporate buses” operated
by Lothian Regional Transport (LRT) which are cheap
and easy to use, just pay the driver for your ticket as
you get on (so make sure you have plenty of change). However
you may also see First Edinburgh and First Lowland
buses around the city centre.
Ticket prices are generally cheap but if you are thinking
but if you are thinking of doing a lot of bus travel it
may be worth considering a ‘saver ticket’.
These vary in price according to the amount of time you
need them for and when you plan to travel but can be a
If you are venturing outside the city then your first
port of call should be the St Andrew’s Street
Station in the New Town. Located between George Street
and the St James Centre this is the main bus station in
Edinburgh. Here First Edinburgh services can be
taken to the Central and Fife regions, First Lowland to other parts of the Lothians, Scottish Citylink to more than 200 Scottish towns and cities as well as National Express who operate a coach service to
a number of locations around the UK.
Timetables and passes are available from the Traveline offices in Cockburn Street.
Get in touch with all the local and national bus companies