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Getting to Edinburgh

By Air: Edinburgh Airport is about 10 miles west from the city centre and about 7 miles from the stadium. The list of airlines serving Edinburgh is growing rapidly with new routes constantly being added.

Travellers from the UK and Ireland will probably fly direct to Edinburgh, but some travellers from the continent may need to use a connecting service:

  • From France: via London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Southampton and Birmingham
  • From Italy: via London, Paris and Frankfurt

There are two main ways to travel from the airport into the city: bus and taxi. The Airlink 100 bus service takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the city centre or 10-15 minutes to reach Murrayfield stadium. £3 Single, £5 Return. See route map (showing the stadium) and timetable. Taxis may be picked up from the rank at the airport. A taxi to the city centre should cost less than £20; to the stadium less than £15.

If there's no direct service to Edinburgh and you want to avoid connections there are two possible alternatives. The first is to fly to Glasgow Airport, which is about 50 miles from Edinburgh. To get from Glasgow Airport to Edinburgh you first need to get to Glasgow from the airport, then by train or coach to Edinburgh. NOTE if travelling by train: services from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow terminate at Glasgow Central. There is a service from there to Edinburgh, but it's a slow and relatively infrequent one. The express service to Edinburgh runs every fifteen minutes from Glasgow Queen Street.

Finally, for the truly adventurous, there's Prestwick Airport. Prestwick's great claim to fame is that on 3rd March 1960 Elvis Presley alighted there during a stop-off as he was flown home to the United States from Germany, where he had undergone military service. It was the only time The King ever touched UK soil. Sometimes it seems that, in commemoration of that momentous event, Prestwick is stuck back in the 60's. Check the décor. The good news though is that the prices of flights to Prestwick are also stuck in the 60's, since it is now the home to a number of low-cost airlines. To get to Edinburgh by public transport you again have to go via Glasgow.

By Road: Edinburgh is the northern end of the A1, some 400 miles north of London. However, for most people heading north to Edinburgh the best route will probably be the M6/M74/A701. You can get the directions you need from Multimap; to get directions direct to the stadium the postcode for Murrayfield is EH12 5PJ. Alternatively you can get directions to the ground from the SRU website.

Rather than drive, you might prefer to travel by coach. National Express runs long-distance services from England and Wales to Edinburgh. Scottish Citylink provides long-distance services within Scotland. The recently refurbished bus station is on St. Andrew's Square, next door to Harvey Nichols.

By Rail: The principle main-line station in Edinburgh is Waverley, which is where you should alight for the city centre. However, if travelling by train direct to the stadium alight at Haymarket and make your way to the stadium by bus, taxi or on foot. Services to Edinburgh are provided by GNER, Virgin Trains, and First Scotrail. For a complete timetable of UK train services consult National Rail Enquiries.

NOTE that you can't use the train to travel from Waverley to Haymarket or vice-versa, so don't plan on using the train for part of the journey from the city centre to the stadium.