From Edinburgh to Manchester
In a couple of months, when the advance fares go on sale, I will be looking for a train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester.
Virgin runs the route between Edinburgh and Manchester, they don't sell tickets until 13 weeks before travel but I'm seeing some fares as low as 13£ for a one way ticket.
First Pennine also runs the route but I'm having trouble getting it to load
I had to get from the city centre to Leith earlier this month, and downloaded an iPhone app to help me end up where I wanted to be.
It's great. Told me what bus to take, where the nearest bus stop was, when the next bus would be along etc. Ideal. I was even able to track my progress on a map, and be aware when my stop was coming up.
It's free. Highly recommended. You can even buy tickets with it. Saves fussing about with change etc as you board the bus.
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Autobuses - Lothian - Buses
We did the transport from hotel to the airport , and we considered that the ride is certainly not too expensive, especially if you divide by 5 or 6 people.
For other transport we used the municipal buses with the daily ticket fare , that cost 3.50 Pounds and allows unlimited travel, while a single trip ticket cost 1.5 Pounds
The ticket can be bought from the driver, but you have to have the exact amount%
Aparte del viaje del hotel al aeropuerto , que lo hicimos en taxi, que por cierto no es demasiado caro, sobre todo si lo divides entre 5 o 6 personas, para el resto de transportes utilizamos los autobuses municipales con la tarifa del billete diario que costa 3,50 Libras y permite hacer viajes sin límite , mientras el billete de un sólo viaje costaba 1,5 Libras
El billete se puede comprar directamente al conductor , pero hay que llevar el importe exacto
A very fine station.
There are two train stations in Edinburgh but if you want to be right in the Centre you want to aim for Edinburgh Waverley. I am not sure if it is because I mentally associate it with great travels in Scotland but it is one of my favourite stations in the UK. I have always found it aesthetically pleasing and it is very large, indeed the second largest UK rail station after London Waterloo.
Waverley stands between the "Old Town" and the "New Town" and is actually in the drained Nor Loch, the remainder of which was used to create Princess Street Gardens. It was initially a complex of three different stations, each serving a different rail company but these were torn down in 1868 and replaced with a single building. This single entity was extensivly re-modelled in the late 19th century to give us the elegant place we have today.
The station has all the facilities you would expect from such an important transport hub and here is a precis of them
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 05:30 - 23:59
Sunday 07:00 - 23:59.
Advanced Tickets can only be purchased between 09:30 and 18:30 Monday-Sunday.
There are ATM machines, a Bureau de Change and a First Class Lounge (opposite platform 11), a good range of food and drink outlets (the bar is very good), and even a passport photo machine. There are free wifi hotspots at various locations. The left luggage facility is located on Platform 2 and is open Monday to Sunday 07:00 - 23:00.
The station is fully accessible for mobility impaired travellers and accessible toilets are available (national key system).
Edinburgh 'Waverley' Station
Edinburgh Waverley Railway station is the cities central and main station,the other being 'Haymarket' which is a few miles south and serves the Airport.Covering an area of 25 acres,Waverley is right bang in the centre of the city between the old and new town districts.It is the second largest mainline station in the U.K in terms of area after 'London Waterloo'.It is one of eighteen stations managed by 'Network Rail' and only 'Glasgow's Central station' manages more passengers per year in Scotland,over 19 million passengers pass through or arrive at Waveley every year.Its central location means its perfect for visitors to the city with all major hotels and sights within walking distance of the station.Excellent facilities include cafe's,bars,shops,banks and luggage departments.
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The best way to see Edinburgh is to make sightseeings by bus in the way of "hop-on hop-off". Go to the bridge over the railway, between Waverly Station and the Scott Monument, and there you will find the "Edinburgh Bus Tours" who run 4 different lines. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.
You will also find the Tourist Information Office in the corner of the bridge and Market Street.
East Coast Trains
I caught the 0710 East Coast direct train from Leeds to Edinburgh. The journey took around 3.5 hours and stopped at York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Morpeth, Berwick Upon Tweed, Dunbar and finally Edinburgh, where I got off, then the train continued onto Aberdeen.
I purchase an advance standard class single ticket for 13.80 gbp (September 2012) and the journey was comfortable although busy between Darlington and Newcastle because of rush hour commuters. We had pleasant weather and as seen in the pictures we were awarded with stunning scenery on the Northumberland Coast.
Servisair Executive Lounge
If you have a Diners Club card, you can get free use of the Servisair lounge at the airport whichever airline you’re using and whichever class.
Complimentary drinks & snacks, TV, work areas etc - the usual stuff.
At times it can be busy - close to KLM & Air France flights especially. Then you may be better off looking for peace & quiet elsewhere.
Located close to gate 3.
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One option for getting to/from the airport from/to the city centre is the Airlink 100 express bus. I tried it for the first time in April 12. £3.50 single fare or £6 return.
It runs every 10 minutes at peak times. Journey time for me was 40 minutes against the promised 30 minutes. That was mid week mid afternoon. Lots of roadworks at that time, so an excuse. But I wouldn’t count on 30 minutes in the rush hour.
The bus leaves from right outside the airport terminal or Waverley Bridge (opposite Waverley Station) in the city.
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Edinburgh bus station is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from Princess Street where long distance buses depart late evening and early morning to London. Usually if you book far ahead in advance you can get some good deals with National Express and particularly Megabus.
The city has 2 downtown railway stations (as well as suburban ones).
Waverley is the main one, and is at the east end of Princes Street. Haymarket is the other - in the west end of the city centre. They're about 2-3 minutes apart.
Almost all trains will stop at Haymarket if they go west after leaving Waverley, but check. Occasionally one will flash right through.
They were busy laying a tramline in front of Haymarket when I took the photo. The road works are temporary.
Express Bus 100
Edinburgh does not have an underground (subway) system, so buses are the main form of local public transportation.
The blue double-decker buses in this photo (taken from the Scott Monument) are the ones that leave Waverley Bridge every few minutes to go to Edinburgh Airport. They aim to get there in 25 minutes, which is quite realistic at night, somewhat less so during daytime traffic.
A one-way ticket costs £ 3.00 and an open return ticket (round trip) costs £ 5.00.
Update 2012: A single ticket now costs £3.50, return £6. (There are reductions for children).
Edinburgh's main railway station is cleverly situated in a valley between the Old Town and the New Town ("New" meaning 18th century) of Edinburgh. The original station was first opened in 1846, and was rebuilt from 1892 to1902.
An unusual feature of Waverley Station is that there are two ramps for taxis, so they can drive in and deposit their passengers right in the middle of the station, on the station floor so to speak.
The building in the background off to the left is the Balmoral Hotel, formerly the North British Hotel, which was opened in 1902.
The name Waverley Station comes from the "Waverley Novels" by Sir Walter Scott.
Trains to Birmingham
Another company which provides rail service from Waverley Station is Virgin Trains. Their trains leave Edinburgh twice an hour for Birmingham.
Like the London trains, the ones to Birmingham take somewhat longer than four hours to reach their destination.
Click below for schedule information:
Return of the trams?
Edinburgh had a system of tram lines (streetcars, on tracks) beginning with horse-drawn trams in 1871. These were replaced by cable-drawn trams starting in 1899, and by electric trams in 1919.
They made the mistake of phasing out the tram system in 1956, so for nearly fifty years they have had to make do with buses -- lots of buses!
Now, though, there are plans to start building a modern new tram system. If the Scottish Parliament approves, construction will begin in 2006, and the first new trams should be running by 2009 or 2010.
Update 2012: According to their website, the tram “is expected to be operational in 2014”.
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