Edinburgh Bus

Whether it be for commuting into the centre of Edinburgh, taking a trip outside of the city or simply getting from A to B, the bus probably has it covered. Whilst it may not be the quickest way to get about, the low prices make up for that.


The Airlink service runs from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre in less than half an hour. It departs (from outside the terminal building and Waverley Bridge) every 10 minutes during the day and is replaced by the N22 night bus service which operates every half hour through the night. Tickets can be purchased from inside the terminal building for just £3.50 (£2 children) for a single and £6 (£3) for a return.

City Centre

Lothian Buses (identified by their red and white vehicles) operate the majority of services that run through Edinburgh. Their flat-rate fares are some of the lowest in the UK at £1.40 (70p) for any single or £3.50 (£2.40) for unlimited travel for one day. Tickets are purchased from the driver when you board the bus, but do note that Lothian Buses do not offer change so make sure you are carrying the correct amount! A night service also runs on selected routes for £3.

First Bus Route Map

Lothian Bus Route Map

Further afield

First Buses connect Edinburgh with the rest of the Lothians and beyond. They can be used to travel within the city limits but most of their passengers are heading out of the city. First Buses serve all the major towns in the Lothians and continue on to Falkirk, Stirling, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders.

Coach travel

National Express and Scottish CityLink operate out of Edinburgh Bus Station offering regular coach travel to cities all over the UK.

Further details and timetables for all bus services can be found at Edinburgh Bus Station. Alternatively, follow one of the links below.

Bus Service



Lothian Buses|http://lothianbuses.com/|+44 (0)131 555 6363**

First Buses|firstgroup.com/ukbus/scotland/sescot/home/|+44 (0)8708 727271**

National Express|nationalexpress.com/|+44 (0)8717 818178**

CityLink|citylink.co.uk/|+44 (0)8705 505050**

Edinburgh Bus Station|Map|bus.station@edinburgh.gov.uk****