Getting here

Edinburgh Castle is easy to spot from most parts of the city. The mighty fortress has dominated the skyline of Scotland’s capital for centuries.

Location

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG.

Information Point telephone: +44 (0)131 225 9846

Air

Edinburgh Airport is within easy reach and has good bus and tram links to the city centre. Visit edinburghairport.com

Rail

Waverley is Edinburgh’s main and most central station. It’s just a short walk to the castle, which can be seen from the station exits – though it’s uphill all the way.

Haymarket Station, also in the city centre, is to the west of Princes Street.

Bus

The Airlink 100 express bus runs from the airport to the city centre. It takes 25 minutes to reach Waverley Bridge, next to the main railway station.

Visit lothianbuses.com

Some hop-on, hop-off bus tours make a stop by the castle.

Visit edinburghtour.com

Or look for local buses with the Mound or George IV Bridge on their route.

Tram

Trams leave the airport every 7 minutes from early until late. The journey to Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping street, takes about 30 minutes.

Visit edinburghtrams.com

Car

There is no public parking at Edinburgh Castle. Castle Terrace and Johnston Terrace have the nearest on-street parking zones.

The NCP Castle Terrace car park offers a discounted rate for castle visitors (except in August): £10 for 5 hours. You must validate your parking token at the castle’s audio booth during your visit.

Blue Badge holders can request one of the limited number of accessible parking spaces on Castle Esplanade on a first come, first served basis.

Bicycle

There is no bicycle rack at the castle.

Bike racks are available nearby at:

  • Victoria Street
  • Waverley Station
  • Chambers Street