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About Edinburgh

As Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and its people are famed throughout history for their contribution to philosophy, literature, science, and industry, among many other areas. This incredibly diverse city promises to provide attractions and entertainment for people of all ages, budgets, and interests. Edinburgh is even ranked as the #6 city with the most historic sites per capita in Europe, and the #1 outside of Italy!

For those looking for outdoor adventure, take a walk up Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts that date back to over 2,000 years ago. The walk to the top will allow you to embrace some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes and wildlife, and you'll be rewarded with a dramatic view of Edinburgh at the top.

On rainy days, visit the National Museum of Scotland, where each floor provides information on several fascinating eras of Scotland's history. A trip down the Royal Mile will satisfy all your tartan and souvenir needs, while the world-famous Underground Ghost Tour will give you an entirely different view of this seemingly peaceful, quaint city.

If your trip falls during the holiday season, the Edinburgh Christmas Market is guaranteed to give you the festive feeling, while world-renowned Hogmanay celebrations will ensure that you ring in the New Year with a bang.

Edinburgh is easily accessible via train, plane, and bus. Edinburgh Airport provides global access to the city, while rail services connect the city to many other major towns and cities across the UK. In addition, numerous bus companies travel to and from Edinburgh, meaning that no matter your preferred mode of transport, the city is always within reach.

Station Information

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Edinburgh Bus Station is a local and long-distance bus station located beneath the luxury shopping area, Multrees Walk. It is less than five minutes on foot from Waverley train station, with the primary pedestrian access on St Andrew Square. Luggage lockers, a small convenience store, café, and pay-for restrooms occupy the underground waiting lounge. Megabus and National Express operate service to destinations such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast, and York. International travelers can reach the Edinburgh Airport via the tram at St Andrew Square.

Popular bus stations in Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Bus Station

  • Airport Bus Stop

  • St Andrew's House

  • Edinburgh Airport Arrivals Terminal

  • N St David St 26

What bus companies travel to Edinburgh, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Edinburgh is accessible by bus from 12 other cities. You can choose from 477 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Edinburgh on Wanderu. Megabus usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Edinburgh are also available..

Bus companies serving Edinburgh

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
National Express4310h 9m$65.97
FlixBus267h 15m$34.65
Megabus232h 17m$24.61
JET 74720h 33m$13.92
  • National Express is probably the UK's best-known bus company, offering intercity services to London, Manchester, Southampton, and Edinburgh. Onboard the single and double-decker vehicles, travelers enjoy a good amount of legroom – roomier than airlines have in coach class – alongside WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning.

  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Founded in 2003, Megabus UK was created to provide travelers with greener, more straightforward and smarter travel. The carrier has routes all across the United Kingdom in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Megabus UK fleet, easily distinguishable by its dark blue and yellow colors, has free Wi-Fi, outlets and charging ports, onboard restrooms, and 20 kg luggage allowances on each bus.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Edinburgh?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Edinburgh by bus with Megabus giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Megabus had the most comfortable bus service to Edinburgh taking into account the seats and amenities that Megabus offers. They rate Megabus a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Edinburgh punctually, travelers suggest that Megabus has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Edinburgh, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$4.42 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Edinburgh, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Edinburgh. In the last month, buses from Perth to Edinburgh had the lowest average price at $5.58.

The busiest bus station in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Bus Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Edinburgh are:

  • Edinburgh Bus Station
  • Airport Bus Stop
  • St Andrew's House
The closest airport to Edinburgh is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), it is located 7.2 miles from the city center of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is the most popular bus destination in Edinburgh, City of. It also ranks number 45 in United Kingdom. Edinburgh has the most bus connections in the region. There are 363 bus schedules arriving in Edinburgh each day.
The population of Edinburgh is 464990. Edinburgh ranks number 1 in terms of population in Edinburgh, City of and number 11 in all of United Kingdom.
Bus tickets to Edinburgh range from $4 for a short trip to Edinburgh, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Edinburgh starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Edinburgh can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $4.
Taking a bus to Edinburgh is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that bus travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the bus to Edinburgh a great option when planning your next vacation.
The closest bus station to the city center of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Bus Station, located just 0.2 miles away. Select Edinburgh Bus Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Edinburgh. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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