This Edinburgh guide in one day It will help you design a route through all the essential places, making the most of the time, of a city that we are safe, will make you fall in love at first sight.
The Scottish capital, welcomes all travelers with open arms and offers you a huge variety of charming places as well as countless leisure and cultural activities. Seeing the contrast between the new and the old city, strolling through the alleys and courtyards of the historic center, taking a good look at a tavern, entering its old churches and abbeys, or going up to the Calton Hill viewpoint to watch the sunset, are just a few of the things that will make you never forget this city.
Based on the experience of the time we spent in the city our trip to Scotland in 11 days, we have made this Edinburgh guide in one day. We start!
How to go from the airport to the center of Edinburgh
The best ways to get to your hotel or downtown Edinburgh from the airport, located 13 kilometers from the city, are the following:
- Bus: The Airlink 100, which operates 24 hours, will take you in half an hour to Princess Street or Waverley Bridge, for about £ 4 per person. You also have urban buses 35 and N22, which are cheaper, although they take more than an hour to reach the center. You can book the Airlink here in advance.
- Trolley car: The tram takes you in just over half an hour to Princes Street for a price of £ 5.5 per person.
- Cab: For a price of about £ 25 it may be a good option if you are staying away from a tram or bus stop.
- Private transport: It is the most comfortable option and that can be more profitable if you are a large group by having vehicles of 8 and 12 seats. You can book it here.
For more information on the transfer you can check this post on how to go from Edinburgh airport to downtown.
Recommended hotel in Edinburgh
Our recommended hotel is the Canon Court Apartments, located in a quiet area of Edinburgh, about 15 minutes walk from the center and the castle. The apartments are spacious and have free parking, which is perfect if you want to rent a car and take an excursion from Edinburgh.
If you do not have a car and want to be closer to the center we recommend the Old Waverley Hotel located next to the Waverley train station and with a good connection to the airport. In addition to its fantastic location on the famous Princes Street, it has one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.
Practical advice for Edinburgh
- An excellent way to get to know the history and curiosities of the city is to book this free tour of Edinburgh, free! With guide in Spanish. If you are a follower of the Harry Potter saga you can book this free tour in Spanish that passes through the places of the historic center that inspired its author J.K. Rowling
- Take enough coins if you are going to take an urban bus, since they do not return the change. A good option if you are going to make more than two trips a day is to buy the Day Ticket.
- Be very careful when crossing crosswalks and streets, look both ways as in Scotland, as in the United Kingdom, you drive on the left.
- Remember that the plugs are of the three-pin type and adapters are needed.
- If you do not have much time it may be a good option to book the tourist bus, which stops at the main points of interest in the city.
- Most museums in Edinburgh have free admission.
- If you are going to make a route through the country we recommend you follow this list of essential tips for traveling to Scotland.
- In matters of money, we recommend paying by card or withdrawing money at ATMs in the city, before opting for exchange houses. We use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to withdraw money from the cashier, with which all commissions will be returned and you will also receive 10 euros if you sign up from this link.
You can find much more information on this subject in the post we publish «The best cards to travel without paying commissions».
For more recommendations you can consult this essential tips for traveling to Edinburgh
What to see in Edinburgh in one day
This route on what to see in Edinburgh in one day It starts early in the morning with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which opens at 9:30 a.m. This huge 12th-century castle, which dominates the city from a hill in the historic center, is the most visited place in the city and one of the most essential places to visit in Scotland. Inside you can enjoy several points of interest such as the chapel of Santa Margarita, the Scone Stone, the Honors of Scotland, the One o'clock Canyon, the Mon's Meg, the National War Museum, the pet cemetery or the old prisons in addition to the magnificent views of the city that you will have from the top of its walls.
If you plan to travel to Edinburgh in August, it can be interesting, to match your visit with the famous parades of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which are held in the square in front of the castle and thus also enjoy this incredible experience.
To know the history of the castle and not miss anything, it can be interesting to book this visit with a guide in Spanish, although if you want to visit on your own, you can also book tickets in advance and save your queues.
Edinburgh map in one day