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Transportation from Edinburgh airport to Edinburgh Park Station

I read somewhere (may be a review from tripadvisor.com) that the Premier Inn located near Edinburgh Park Station has easy access to/from Edinburgh airport and the city centre. As we will be arriving late in the afternoon into Edinburgh airport from London, I took the advice and booked a night at that Premier Inn. However I just found out from edinburghtram.com that the journey is much complicated than just one tram ride. One has to "board service undefined and travel to Maybury, then walk 11 min to Gyle Centre, then take the tram to Edinburgh Park Station". Is there an easier way to get to the inn besides taking a taxi?
I also plan to board a train (by Scotrail) from Edinburgh Park Station to Queen Street Station in Glasgow the next morning.

Has anyone had that experience to share? Thank you very much in advance!

Posted by
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Well, I am having trouble with what edinburgh tram.com told you.....

This was my experience on the Edinburgh tram last July: The tram from the airport stopped at the Edinburgh Park Station which was directly next to a beautiful new Premier Inn. I took this tram ride 4 times, and each time it was the same. I am trying to account for the information that you received....

I would suggest you that email the hotel directly and seek clarification from them.

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I thought a little bit more, and wondered if you wouldn't want to just consider taking the tram all way into Edinburgh and stopping at the Premier Inn at York Place instead. The tram has its last stop directly at the front door of this hotel so there is a tram arriving or departing about every 10 minutes. It is about a 10 minute walk to Central Train Station, or take the tram back to Edinburgh Park Station.

You will be closer to the action in Edinburgh. We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go from this location. If you get a room on the harbor side on a higher floor, there is an amazing view of Edinburgh harbor.

Posted by
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Hi Carol, thank you for the useful information. I am assuming you are saying that the tram does stop at Edinburgh Park from Edinburgh Airport without any transfer nor getting off to a long walk in between.

When I went back to edinburghtram.com and searched again, I found out that I was supposed to "select a journey" from 3 different travel times. Two of them did tell me to board tram X with a few min. walking before boarding and after getting off, the third one was the service undefined one with a lot more walking after getting off. In short, I found the answer now, it is as you said.

Thank you on the tips on staying near York Place.

Posted by
2540 posts

I can assure you the tram stops at Edinburgh Park station ( there are several stops inbetween)and does take about 11 minutes from the Airport, I used this route just over a week ago and have used the route on numerous times since it's inception.
I would however say that it is not the best place to stay for visiting the city and is used more as a business hotel for those working at the nearby Gyle business park.,The tram to the city centre will take less than 20 minutes from there and the no2 bus will take you to Haymarket in about the same time.

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and don't worry about selecting time etc, just turn op, buy a ticket before you board ( there are machines that take credit card and folk at the Tram area to help you. Trams runs around very 10 minutes and more often at busy times.

Posted by
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Unclegus is spot on. Been there, done that.

Posted by
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Unclegus: Your informative message is very much appreciated.

As our booked itinerary is flying into and out of Edinburgh, we decide to visit Edinburgh at the end of the trip after a clockwise driving tour around Scotland. Since all hotels/inns nearest the airport were already fully booked, staying close to Edinburgh Park Station was our next choice for its convenience of just a short tram ride from the airport, also it is where we can hop onto a train heading to our next destination (Glasgow) the next morning.

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sounds good.not much about that area for food at night,just some fast food places Krispe Creme dounuts caused quite a stir in the area several years ago but I am not sure if they still operate there, but jump on the tram to Haymarket and you have numerous places to eat and drink around that area within 2 minutes walk of the tram stop.

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Thanks TC for confirming that.
Thanks again Unclegus, that's wonderful to know!