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Edinburgh to Galashiels by bus

Hello Everyone
My husband and I will be arriving in Edinburgh by train after a long plane ride. We will use a few days in Edinburgh to get accustomed to time change. We want to rent a car (we drive in the UK about once a year) but do not want to pick it up in or near a large city. It looks like we can take a bus to Galashiels where there is an Enterprise car rental. I am having a bit of trouble with the bus schedule and which bus and where to catch it in Edinburgh. The wilds of Arizona have very few buses...we usually travel by horse.

Can anyone help us out here? We would like to leave on the about 9 AM bus on Saturday which looks like it arrives in Galashiels about 1 1/2 hours later.

We want to visit some of the Border abbeys on our way down to Hexham.

Thank you.

Posted by
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I think the bus will leave from St. Andrews square bus station. it is right in the city center. you may be able to pick it up at other stops on the south side of the city if you are staying in that area.

Posted by
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Thank you.
And the Saturday is schedule is the same as M-F?
Okay to buy tickets at the bus station the day of travel or do we get them from the driver?
(I wasn't kidding about riding horses to get around )

Posted by
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I will try and find out the bus schedule for you in the next couple of days, been a while since I took a bus to Galashiels. You will be able to buy tickets at the bus station or from the driver.

Posted by
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Buying the tickets depends on the service and the bus company. Most scheduled bus services are pay the driver, exact money only. First Glasgow and Lothian Buses operate this way, but not sure about First Edinburgh

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BTW any bus that has an X in front of the number just means it is an express bus and only stops at certain stops on the route a standard number means it will stop where and when required at any stop on the route.

Posted by
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I feel ignorant of bus culture.
Our little carry on suitcases are okay on these buses?

Thanks for all your help....you are both "gooders".

Posted by
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yes no problem. even larger bags are ok they do have a storage area usually on the side of the buses they can put larger bags in.
You will find the whole public transport system really good in the Uk and in Edinburgh we have a really superb bus service to all areas of the city that runs from around 5.00am to midnight and even have late night buses that run through the major corridors of the city. £4 for a day ticket for unlimited travel is not a bad deal at all.
http://lothianbuses.com/
I use a 4 weekly travel pass that only cost £54 that cover me for all buses including the night buses and the airport buses as well as the trams, pretty good deal. early next year I qualify for a pass that give me free bus travel throughout Scotland, looking forward to using that a great deal.

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If the cases can get on a train, they can get on a bus.

The seating etiquette is to sit down on the seat with a look of 'what is happening with my life.' Or is that just me?

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I think that must be you MC. This morning I got on the bus with the look of a man that is looking forward to another wonderful day at work and with the fullfillment of what that work life gives me.
Actually It is annual appraisal time and I was in early doing mine on line.
filled in 2 objectives for next year.
1.To stay healthy enough to continue doing my job.
2. to get rewarded for the work I actually do and not just for the work I get paid to do.
don't think they will go down well but I don't care I just want to retire so I can go and use my Scottish entitlement card on the buses of Scotland.

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move to the east coast you will find your life will suddenly change.