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Edinburgh Airport to Grassmarket & back

What’s the best option for getting from Edinburgh Airport to my AirBnB in the Grassmarket area and the return trip for my flight out?

Will have minimal luggage (lightweight duffel) but for my flight out I will need to be at the airport by 6:15 a.m. Female traveling solo so safety is important. I’m ok taking tram or bus.

Posted by
2085 posts

Take the tram to Princes street, from there it is a short but hilly walk to Grassmarket, or a slightly longer but flat walk.

Posted by
2732 posts

For just one person with light luggage a taxi might seem like a splurge, but OTOH for your early morning airport run it would mean not having to take public transportation in predawn darkness. We took a taxi from the airport and our driver gave us a 5-pound coupon good toward the return trip. I don't know if that was a special deal or if many taxi companies do it, but it was nice!

Posted by
5546 posts

I too did a taxi for my early morning flight. It's a bit of a haul from Grassmarket to the Tram. It didn't seem too bad to me. But I do take taxi's a lot in NYC and am a bit used to the expense.

Posted by
222 posts

It's a long walk from Grassmarket area to either the tram or the airport bus . We also had an early morning flight and needed to leave at 6 am and decided to take a taxi. It cost us £22.50 plus tip (I generously rounded up to £25 cash)

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5546 posts

Okay, I do live in NYC but that £25 translates to less than $33.00 which is a conservative exchange rate and is about $20 less than it cost me to get to the airport in NYC. Of course, like in Edinburgh, I could take the A train to 125 and take the bus to LGA. At 9 at night, it comes in at over an hour. I would plan on an hour and a half. The taxi ride is 18 minutes. I would do the same calculation in Edinburgh. To get to JFK it will take 1.5 to 2 hours by subway and AirTrain without a cushion so I would plan on the taxi for a half-hour ride at $60. It comes down to looking at the timing, cost, and safety.