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Bus Travel in Edinburgh Travelling 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 real bargain.

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 below:
Bus Company Telephone Website
Lothian Regional Transport 0131 555 6363 or 0131 554 4494 www.edinburghbuses.co.uk
First Edinburgh Bus 0131 663 9233 www.firstedinburgh.co.uk
First Lowland 0131 663 9233
Scottish Citylink 0990 50 50 50 www.citylink.co.uk
National Express Tickets on - 0990 010104, Credit Card booking on 0990 808080 www.gobycoach.com

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