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How to Get Around in Edinburgh

How to Get Around in Edinburgh

Forget driving drama and painful parking—Edinburgh’s wealth of immersive tours and affordable transportation make it far easier to explore without a car than with one. From double-decker sightseeing to city walks, here’s how best to navigate the Scottish capital.

Public Transport

Buses, trams, and taxis will likely be your main modes of public transportation while in Edinburgh. Bus tickets must be purchased onboard, so exact change is a must. Tram tickets can be purchased at stops using exact change or a card. For larger groups, a black cab may be more cost efficient—these can be prebooked or hailed on the street.

Walking and Biking Tours

The green spaces and historic streets of Edinburgh, once named the UK’s most walkable city, are easily traversed on foot. Walking tours are a great way to check off the centrally located sights that interest you—whether that’s major landmarks, spooky spots, or whisky bars—while bike tours widen your reach, allowing fast and hassle-free access to the city’s more rural surroundings.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Hop-on hop-off tours allow you to familiarize yourself with Edinburgh’s unique layout without the hassle of hurry. Whether you want to ride the entire double-decker route for a holistic overview or alight at the next stop for a closer glimpse of top attractions, the city is yours for the finding.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option

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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults—aka South Bridge Vaults—18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. See evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$24.80
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

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Even if you’ve only got limited time in Edinburgh, its still possible to see the breadth of the city’s natural landscapes. Cover more sights in less time during a 3-hour bike ride which takes you from Arthur’s Seat to the beaches of Portobello and the Port of Leith. Plus, you’ll be able to choose between an electric or manual bike depending on your fitness level.
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  • 3 hours 50 minutes
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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  • 3 hours
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JK Rowling's Edinburgh & the Writing of Harry Potter

JK Rowling's Edinburgh & the Writing of Harry Potter

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Learn about J.K. Rowling and the origins of the 'Harry Potter' books during a walking tour of Edinburgh. See places that inspired Rowling such as the Balmoral Hotel and University of Edinburgh's Old College; locales that shaped the Dementors and Ministry of Magic; and cafes where Rowling liked to write. Your guide is a 'Harry Potter' fan who shares fascinating details about the wizarding world in Edinburgh.
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  • 4 hours
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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales

Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales

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This walking tour of Edinburgh is a great choice for first-time visitors who want to get their bearings of the city and learn more about its history. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll be able to stop looking at a map and focus on enjoying the sites around you. Your guide will teach you about secret places locals love, as well as the Old Town’s most famous sites. Highlights include St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, Edinburgh Castle, and much more. 
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  • 2 hours
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Scotch Tour Edinburgh with a Local Expert: Private & 100% Personalized

Scotch Tour Edinburgh with a Local Expert: Private & 100% Personalized

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Follow a local whisky enthusiast to the best watering holes in Edinburgh with this Scotch whisky experience. Taste several single malt whiskys from across Scotland and learn how Scotch whisky is made. Visit a traditional whisky cellar and a historic pub to get a feel for Edinburgh’s bar atmosphere as you try whisky selected by your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Learn about Edinburgh past and present on a private walking tour with an insider guide, who shares information about the city’s royal history and colorful characters, some of whom have inspired books and well-known stories. Get tips on where to eat and drink around the city, and see sights on and off the Royal Mile and near Greyfriars Kirk. You’ll enjoy one-on-one attention from a private guide on this tour that caters to couples, families and small groups looking for a more personal experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s ghoulish side with an 80 minute early evening walking tour of the city’s eeriest sites!  As you venture down the historic  Royal Mile you will hear tales of torture, witchcraft, plague and mayhem from your local ghoslty guide – Mr Alexander Clapperton (deceased) – a former Edinburgh cemetery director.  Learn about and meet infamous apparitions such as the Mad Monk of Cowgate, the witch Agnes Fynnie, and the wild and bloody Higlander Rhuari McLeod.  Prepare yourself for a night of good fun in the shadows!
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Edinburgh Hidden Gems Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized & Private

Edinburgh Hidden Gems Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized & Private

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Discover the hidden secrets of one of Scotland’s oldest cities on this Edinburgh walking and sightseeing tour. Take in top attractions such as the UNESCO–listed Old Town and the ancient Royal Mile, and listen as your guide shares insight into their colorful—and sometimes gruesome—history. Plan your itinerary to hit the highlights of most interest, and learn about sides of Edinburgh many visitors miss.
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  • 3 hours
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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