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Traveling within the city can be done by either local bus, driving or taxi.

Several local bus companies exist, the best selection coming from Lothian Regional Transport (LRT) who operate to nearly all regions within the city. Fares are some of the cheapest available costing between 45p to £1.40, which are paid with exact change on entering the bus. Lothian Regional Transport have a travel shop giving information on services and fares, it can be found at ;

27 Hanover Street, Edinburgh
(open Mon-Sat 8.30am-1800)
Tel : 0131 - 555 6363
(24 Inquiry Line)

If driving into the centre of Edinburgh limited on-street parking is available. Places are charged at premium rates however (approx. 80p-£1.20 per hour), all areas are signposted.

A cheaper and safer option is to use an off-street car park. There are currently 20 off-street car parks situated around the centre of Edinburgh providing up to 4,200 parking spaces. Average prices are approximately £1.00 for 2 hours up to a maximum stay of 24 hours costing between £6.00 to £12.00.

Of the car parks the main ones included in the cityís parking guidance signposting system are as follows;

City Centre (W) - Haymarket
City Centre (W) - Castle
City Centre (E) - Princes Street
City Centre (E) - Royal Mile
City Centre (S) - Southside
Haymarket Terrace, Morrison St
EICC, Castle Terrace, High Riggs
Greenside, St James Center
St Johnís Hill, Waverly Station, The Waverly
Euro Car Park, Chambers St, Crichton St

If taxi is your choice many local taxi companies are available within the Edinburgh area, most offer a 24-Hour 7 day a week service. Within the city distinctive black cabs can be found at marked taxi ranks (approx. £5.00 for a two mile journey). A slightly cheaper alternative is to use one of the private taxi operators. Some of the main companies are as follows;

  • Airport Taxis : Tel 0131 344 3344, Fax : 0131 333 5455, flight information available in taxi
  • Central Radio Taxis : Tel 229 2468, Facilities for the disabled
  • City Cabs : Tel 0131 228 1211, Disabled Access, Visit their Web Site
  • Radiocabs : Tel : 0131 225 9000, Disabled Access
  • Newtown Radio Cabs : Tel : 01506 43 43 43 Fax : 01506 433 807
  • Festival City (Executive) Cars : Tel : 0131 552 1777 Fax : 0131 552 7284

Lothian Regional Council have set up an information centre for further information on the cityís bus and train services. They are situated at ;

2 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh
Tel : 0800 23 23 23 (locally)
Tel : 0131 225 3858 (nationally)
Open : Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm, a minicom service is available.


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