Transportation in Edinburgh

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Transportation in Edinburgh

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  • Flo12354
    Levenmouth, UK177 contributions
    Just returned from a two night visit to Edinburgh.

    Used trams on both days - the first day as a return ticket and the second day as a day ticket. Both very reasonably priced- much cheaper than taking your car into Edinburgh.

    Trams running every seven minutes. Very clean and efficient. Staff helpful and friendly.
    Written 14 December 2023
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  • Lynn M
    13 contributions
    Very efficient service runs every 10 min from the airport directly into Edinburgh City cost is cheap for a return fare £8. Takes approx 30min with a range of stops on the way. Would definitely recommend this mode of transport
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Happy221
    Prescott, AZ41 contributions
    Jon was reliable in picking us up at the airport and at our hotel for the return trip to the airport. But it was our conversation with him that we will remember forever. Very enriching and enjoyable and informative.
    Written 26 September 2023
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  • MarkJalanJalan
    Philippines129 contributions
    This was a great experience. Booking was simple and communication effective. My driver was Vinicios and he messaged me to say he would be about 15 mins late and kept me informed with GPS updates. I have not marked the service down because of this as the communication was excellent.

    Vinicios was courteous, protective, helpful and a good driver.

    The car internally was excellent but it clocked up 250,000kms on this trip. As far as fleet management goes, that's about the end of it's working life. It was sluggish, especially on the LPG. So it was "tired" and had the scars externally, reflecting it's long life.

    It was around $500 for the very short flight, plus around $90 for taxies each end.. Add two hours at each end for taxies and airport time. It's not much different. Not a lot to see sticking to the main route. So about half the cost of flying.
    Written 16 December 2023
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  • Debra S
    2 contributions
    We have used Butler's Chauffeur Drive for years fo airport transfers and private tours throughout Scotland and into England. Their service is always courteous, prompt, professional and helpful... going above and beyond to help when circumstances require it. We cannot recommend them highly enough for all your transportation needs.
    Written 9 September 2022
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  • Adam S
    2 contributions
    Thanks to Kenny for the early AM ride to Edinburgh airport. He arrived early for our 3:30am transfer and set our minds at ease about making our flight on time. Kenny helped with the bags and got us exactly where we need to go. Not to mention the friendly conversation. Enjoyed it Kenny and thanks again.
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • Cyndi S
    1 contribution
    We used Rogerson to bring people from Edinburgh city Center to our wedding venue in East Lothian. I can’t recommend them enough! Sharon was very quick to respond to any emails I sent and their prices are very competitive. When it came to the weekend of our wedding, we were provided the names and numbers of our drivers in case of issues but these were unnecessary as they were on time and everything ran smoothly. That’s really all you can ask for, no issues with your transportation on your wedding day! Our guests said the coaches were very clean and everything ran on time. Thank you very much to Sharon and the team! Can’t recommend this company enough!
    Written 27 April 2023
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  • Kazu
    Yokohama, Japan1 contribution
    My 5hours stay in Eidenburg, Mr
    Derek nicely took me to see St Andrews old course and Musium, took pictures.
    All the arrangements well done. Thank you.
    日本から9時間時差がある中出発3日前のリクエストにも素早く対応しアレンジしてくれました。当日も5時間だけの私のたいざいをデレックは空港での迎えセントアンドリュースゴルフクラブ観光そそして空港への送りを十分にガイドしてくれました。ありがとう。
    Written 14 November 2019
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  • Sarah L
    United Kingdom1 contribution
    Local pick up, great price, on time, comfortable and clean. One downside was how hot the bus was inside - even just wearing a T-shirt. Made me feel a bit sick and is a waste of energy. Other passengers saying the same.
    Written 28 January 2024
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  • Mary O
    1 contribution
    Fantastic Highlands and Islands tour in an amazing Mercedes V-Class
    Strongly recommended for anyone visiting Scotland in a truly 1st Class vehicle
    Written 25 January 2024
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  • lsil222
    67 contributions
    We were a bunch of Outlander fans and 1st timers to Scotland . Edinburgh Black Cab Tours gave us the trip of a lifetime. We spent 6days with Charlotte and Steve and couldn’t have asked for a better experiences. We took in as many Outlander filming locations as time would allow, with a lot of little bits of extra info and stories that Charlotte could supply. We traveled over a large part of Scotland, Inverness,Loch ness, Culross, Falkirk, Denny,Glasgow Edinburgh, and more. The whole team at Edinburgh BCT are fantastic people.They went out of their way to make sure we could see and have as much fun as possible . You won’t be disappointed in traveling with them. A few of us stayed a few day’s longer and took the tour with Steve to the Isle of Syke, which was also great and truly gorgeous. They really became friends by the end of our trip!
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Shaa H
    1 contribution
    5 star service !

    The driver Iain picked me up early from Edinburgh to take me to Prestwick for a work trip. He acted very professional and catered to my needs.

    Would highly recommend EMG Trasnfers. Best in the business.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Maureen
    1 contribution
    I booked over the phone at 11pm and a driver was waiting at 8am next morning for the transfer. Punctual, cheerful and accurate! We booked him immediately for the return journey, which was perfect as well.
    Written 24 February 2020
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  • Andrew G
    Melrose, UK31 contributions
    Hit or miss
    Toss a coin scenario
    Some drivers lovely
    Some obviously don’t want to walk this earth anymore!
    First class foul
    I’m off to Monte Carlo to see if I can get better odds
    Written 22 December 2023
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  • 777sirdon
    Greater London, UK511 contributions
    This was the first visit to Edinburgh in 2 years following Covid restrictions. We go February every year for a short city break, so we were really looking forward to it. We travel to Edinburgh primarilly by rail but have travelled by air a number of times also. There are pros and cons with both modes but on balance we prefer rail. Currently LNER (London and North Eastern Railways) run the franchise having taken over from Virgin a few years ago who themselves bid for the franchise from previous holders.
    LNER trains run a half hourly direct service out of London Kings Cross. I prefer and always buy my tickets direct from the LNER website. I also have the LNER app on my phone. Not only is this convenient for e-tickets, it provides a range of services (eg reserve a seat up to 5 mins before you board), information and critical updates - more on this later!
    King's Cross , along with Paddington, is my favourite terminus. It is a beautiful airy station - a harmonious combination of the old and modern - with ample facilities. As the journey to Edinburgh is long we treat ourselves to first class - expensive but worth it in my book. One of the advantages travelling First is the use of the First Class Lounge. This is located just past the cash dispensers. You could miss it as, unless you are travelling very early/late, there will be a long queue of Potterheads queuing to have their photos taken next to the sign for Platform 9 3/4 (which it is not). If you go through the indistinct door and up the lift you will have to present your train ticket to the attendant before allowed entry. The lounge has had a refurb since we last travelled and it is in a tasteful grey and purple. It isn't anything special but is an oasis of calm, compared to outside, containing ample comfortable seating and private areas with complimentary hot and cold beverages and snacks (crisps and shortbread biscuits) and complimentary wifi. The windows look out onto the platforms and there are departure boards throughout so you can keep check.
    A tip when your train is called, don't take the lift back downstairs to go through the ticket barriers. Rather avoid the crush by turning right and following the raised concourse which takes you to lifts for each platform.
    LNER run the relatively new high speed Azuma trains, I had long want to travel on these. I have heard a lot about the discomfort of the seats but I have to say I had no issues with these. Perhaps people easily over 6ft or a certain weight may have issues? Compared to the previous 225 trains, that had tables for every seat, there are fewer tables and more airline style seats so bear this in mind if this is important to you though all seats have AC power/USB sockets. The 2-1 configuration remains the same. On a standard 11 coach train, First Class is coaches K, L and M - remember the tradition: First class coaches are always nearest to London ie always first on and first off.
    We usually catch the 9am train which is generally one of the fastest clocking the journey in circa 4 hours 15L non-stop to York then only 3 stops after. However we caught the slower 10.30 which took half an hour longer stopping at 6 stops. It may be due to Covid but it appears you are not offered complimentary newspapers anymore.
    LNER's catering originally consisted of a vastly superior weekday menu and a weekend menu (which was essentially light meals/snacks). We discovered this first time and have never travelled weekends since. During Covid, LNER like everyone else, offered a restricted service but since have announced the return of their renowned hot breakfast. They have reorganised catering and now have 3 meal plans: Deli (light meals/snacks), Dish (more substantial meals/snacks) and Dine (the premier service offering 'gourmet' meals and notably the return of the LNER cooked breakfast). Here comes my gripe. The problem is they advertised this to much fanfare on their website and refer customers to a link to find out which menu will be served on their train. However this leads to a notice informing this was not available but they were 'working hard behind the scenes' to get this ready. I tried researching online and best answer was one forum that suggested it would be Dine as Edinburgh was a long journey. To make it worse, when we boarded we were told it was too late for breakfast (their site said breakfast is served up till 11am) but would have to choose from the rest of the day menu. When menus were given out only then did we discover we had the Dish menu. Disappointed! I had feasted on the Dine menu on their website and this was a definite step down. I had the beef & ale casserole with champ potatoes. It was tasty but I was disappointed with the small portion. Another change I noticed pre-Covid, after I finished breakfast I was offered more food, but on this journey that was it - save for a salted chocolate pot given to some children which I seized the opportunity to grab (it was delicious btw). I have to say though the LNER staff were great - as I usually find - cheerful and efficient. They were constantly passing through serving complimentary hot and cold beverages, shortbread and alcohol.
    Where the train really scores is taking you right into the heart of Edinburgh on arrival. The other is the journey. Unlike the twisting West Coast line that can be unstable on the Pendalinos, the East Coast line is relatively straight and comfortable. The East Coast line imo is one of the great UK scenic routes. Make sure you sit on the right hand side heading North (away from Kings Cross). The journey is indistinct up until York but after that it's time to take pictures and tick the landmarks off: York Minster, Durham Cathedral, Angel of the North, Tyne Bridge, the North Sea coast, Almouth, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Berwick-upon-Tweed - surely one of the most stunning sights as the train slows and curves crossing the viaduct over the River Tweed, The Border - challenge yourself if you can catch it much less take a picture at 125mph, the dramatic Scottish Borders coastline, Eyemouth Lighthouse and finally Arthur's Seat approaching Edinburgh.
    On the return journey there is a First Class Lounge at Edinburgh in the same style as London. We had to cut out trip short owing to the storms/heavy snow. Luckily I had the LNER app and discovered all trains would be cancelled the day we were due to return, so we had to get out the next day or just get refunded the money and be stuck for days. We went to Waverley Station that evening and transferred our ticket without fuss. So I recommend it enough even if it's just to save the hassle of searching for your tickets/going through the gates. On the journey back we had the Dish menu - again - so hungry when we returned, The attendant on the train was not even awre the menus were not on the site, he even went and checked himself!
    So LNER you need to get your menus sorted out and clearly communicated. Also one meal is not enough considering what people are paying. At least offer snacks like sandwiches or wraps. One only has to look at Avanti West Coast's First Class offering to see the gulf between the products.
    Written 4 March 2022
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