Edinburgh Festival 2010: Getting around town

This article is from 2010.


Bus, Taxi, Bike and Rickshaw information

Those dusty, noisy roadworks getting in your way wherever you want to go? They’re called tramworks. The plan is to make the journey between Leith and Edinburgh Airport easier by installing a partial tram system by 2011, but this year the quickest way to a local’s heart is to complain about them. Although there’s been some disruption to the buses and roads, most routes have settled down into their new routines. Return visitors beware, though, the buses you thought you were getting from Hanover Street now all stop on St Andrew Square


Those looking for a cheap and easy way to get around during the festival need look no farther. With full timetables and schedules at every stop, even first timers at the Fringe should be able to co-ordinate their way round with ease. Explore the up-and-coming bars of Leith on the number 22 or for Dan Brown fans and historians alike there’s the number 15 to Roslin, moments away from the famed Rosslyn Chapel.

Alternatively, why not unleash your inner adrenaline junkie at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho (X48), with walls ranging from 12m, for the less adventurous, to 35m. Catching a late show on the other side of town? No problem, Edinburgh also offers night services to Tollcross (N27), Leith (N22) and a variety of other destinations. All buses are £1.20
single, £3 day tickets and £3 for night buses.

For further information such as maps and full timetables for each service go to www.lothianbuses.co.uk or phone 0131 554 4494. For further information such as maps and full timetables for each service go to www.lothianbuses.co.uk or phone 0131 554 4494.


For those wanting a more direct way to travel, there are over 1000 black cabs, and private hire taxis across Edinburgh. For those opting for speed and comfort there are three designated taxi ranks around the city centre (see below for details), as well as this there are private hire taxi firms, offering services such as eight-seater taxis. Note: only ever hail a licensed taxi with a clear numbered licence plate. The driver is required to have a visible ID tag.
Festival cars (for eight seaters) 0131 552 1777; Radio cabs 0131 225 9000; Central Radio Taxis 0131 229 2468. City centre taxi ranks situated at: Waverley Train Station, Lothian Road, Radisson SAS Hotel, Omni Centre.

Bike Hire

Edinburgh offers a variety of cycle hire shops around the central area, with options ranging from the traditional mountain bikes, slim city bikes and tandems to the more fashionable fold away Brompton Bike. For a faster green way to get around, opt for the rechargeable Powabyke, featuring a 200 watt motor.
Bike Trak: 11—13 Lochrin Place, 0131 228 6633; £16 a day, £75 a week; www.biketrax.co.uk
Edinburgh Cycle Hire: 29 Blackfriars Street, 0131 556 5560; £10—15 a day, £50-70 a week; www.cyclescotland.co.uk
Leith Cycle Company: 276 Leith Walk, 0131 467 7775; £15 a day, £75 a week; www.leithcycleco.com


Scattered around the major venues are one of the priciest modes of transport during the festival. For full enjoyment, keep it to a short distance and be sure to agree the price beforehand.


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