Edinburgh Airport: How to Get There and Back

Traveling to and from the airport in a new city can be tricky and stressful, especially when you arrive late at night. Luckily for you, Edinburgh airport has a great and straightforward transport connection and you will always have several options available. In this post, we’ll try to keep your travel anxiety as low as possible by exploring all the available routes and help you choose the best one for your needs.

Bus (Airlink 100)

First up, the reliable and ever-popular bus. Our champion here is the Airlink 100, tirelessly operating 24/7, shuttling you directly between the city center and the airport. Pretty convenient, right? Let’s talk about prices. A one-way ticket will cost you £5.50, but I always recommend getting a return ticket, which is £8.00 as You don’t have to set a return date, and it saves you a couple of quid.

To note: Airlink 100 routes starts at the South St David street and it has several stops through the city center. 

Looking for a change of scenery or staying off the beaten path? Skylink buses – 200, 300, and 400 – connect various charming parts of the city to the airport, offering you slightly different routes. 

One important point to remember: don’t forget to thank your bus driver on your way off!


Don’t enjoy bus rides? Not to worry, I’ve got you covered! The Edinburgh tram is here to whisk you off on its silvery tracks. At £7.50 for a one-way ticket or £9.50 return, you can enjoy a speedy, effortless 25-minute journey from the city center to the airport. This is my preferred method of travel as it’s faster and offers a much smoother ride than the bus. Plus, it’s much easier to spot tram stops from a distance. The tram makes several stops in the city center, including St Andrews Square, Princes Street, West End, and Haymarket. However, bear in mind that our trams need their beauty sleep! They don’t operate past the stroke of midnight, so please plan accordingly.

One final note: every tram stop has a ticket machine where you can purchase your ticket (It’s cheaper than buying directly from a tram conductor). 


Too exhausted to share your space? A taxi is your answer. Available both at the airport and the city center, they offer a customised, comfortable journey tailored to your needs. Keep in mind, though, that such luxury comes at a price of £15-20, subject to the time of day, location and traffic. 

Apps like Uber and Bolt work absolutely fine. 

So don’t get lost, enjoy your stay and safe travels!

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