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Getting Around in Edinburgh Driving to Edinburgh should be a straightforward activity as the city is well place in the Scottish main road network:

From the West
Take the M8 eastbound, then follow signs for the city bypass, A720.

From the North
Approach Edinburgh on the A90, just off the Forth Road Bridge

From the South
Follow A1 north, which will bring you into Edinburgh city centre and Princes Street.

However, it is a well-acknowledged truth that driving in Edinburgh city centre is ‘mission impossible’ at best. Although the city centre does have a number of multi-storey car parks it can still often be a frustrating exercise to find a parking space especially with the strict street parking restrictions.

If you want to take on the challenge there are car parks in the following areas: Lothian Road, Castle Terrace and several around Princess Street.

If you do want to drive, a better idea would be to park a bit further out in the free-to-park "peripheral zone" and then walk into the city centre.

For getting from A to B by car around Edinburgh a taxi will prove to be a less traumatic experience. Like London, Edinburgh has black cab taxis which can be hailed as they pass if the ‘for hire’ light is lit or picked up at a taxi rank.

If you would rather phone for a taxi the two main providers are City Cabs and Capital Castle.

Limousines are also available for those who want to travel with class and style, Cars for Stars provide this service across the city.

Leaving Edinburgh by car is a lot less hassle as the city is at the hub of an extensive road network. Cruising along the M8 west for about an hour will take you to Scotland’s largest city – Glasgow. The A1 will take you south to the Borders and England and taking the M9 will find you venturing towards Stirling and Perth. If you want to drive down to the other end of the UK – London is around seven to eight hours away.

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