standard-title Getting around

Getting around

Edinburgh’s 2 mile long sandy beach with accompanying promenade is located on the East side of the city.

Read on to find out how to travel efficiently around Edinburgh using services running 24/7 and reaching Portobello every few minutes.

From Airport

Taxis

The 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh Airport to Portobello costs around £30. City Cabs provide “Black Cabs” which do not need to be pre-booked and can seat 5-6 people with modest amounts of luggage.

Private Hire

Edinburgh City Private Hire offers private hire cars for up to 8 passengers, these cars must be booked in advance, you can use the booking form on Airports’ website.

Public Transport

Edinburgh has a well established communication network with a whole fleet equipped in Wi-Fi and wheelchair accessible. To get to Portobello the most cost effective will probably be the Tram+Bus route. Get an Airport Zone Day Ticket (Adult £9, Child £4.50) and hop on the tram. Get out at the last stop and take bus 26 towards Portobello. Here‘s a little map to help you ensure you’re facing the right side of the road, you want to continue in the same direction as the tram route.

Car Rentals

All the major car hire brands can be found at the airport, with the new car rental centre you will find all car rental companies in one place.

To book on-line click here to visit the Easycar website and compare prices from various brands.

From City

Taxis

Taxi from city centre to the beach should cost about £15 and the trip will take around 15 minutes, all depending on the traffic.

Private Hire

Private hire cars are available from anywhere around Edinburgh, see ECPH website for more details.

Public Transport

Edinburgh has a well established communication network with a whole fleet equipped in Wi-Fi and wheelchair accessible. You can follow this link to read in detail about ticket prices and all buses serving Portobello. If you just want to get here quickly just then hop on bus number 26 towards Tranent or Seton Sands and get off when near the seaside.

Car Rentals

There are various car rental places around the city centre, you will surely find something that suits you.

To book on-line click here to visit the Easycar website and compare prices from various brands.

On Foot

Starting from Edinburgh castle you can follow the footsteps of 16th century Monks who used Figgate Muir (known as Portobello today) as a pasture. Enjoy the views of our city centre peak Arthur’s Seat and see Portobello from up high. This walk will will take up to 2 hours, is of moderate difficulty and is not suitable for bicycles or wheelchairs (there’s a long flight of steps off Arthur’s Seat). Click here for map.

From Portobello

By City Bus

Edinburgh has a well established communication network with a whole fleet equipped in Wi-Fi and wheelchair accessible. Operated by Lothian Buses our double-deckers can be easily tracked using mobile apps and are a reliable, cheap way of travelling around the city. Simply buy your ticket from the driver, just remember to have your correct fare ready as the drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change. Day/Family tickets are available (and very useful).

Edinburgh City BusIvica Drusany / Shutterstock.com

Tickets

For latest pricing, please double check Lothian buses website.

Single Ticket:

Adult: £1.60
Child (5-15): £0.80

Day Ticket:

Adult: £4
Child (5-15): £2

Family DAYticket:

All-day travel for up to 2 adults and up to 3 children at £8.50!

By Bicycle

The East side of the Promenade is a starting point of a main cycle path taking you all the way to the Pentland Hills on the south of Edinburgh.

While Portobello has a great BG Cycles shop happy to fix your bicycle you will have to take a short trip closer to the city centre if you want to hire one.

You can rent a bicycle at the following locations:

Check out this map of cycling/walking routes of the North-East Edinburgh for ideas.

On Foot

When the tide is low, you can walk right on the sand and when that’s not possible the 2 mile long promenade gives a great opportunity to enjoy the seaside views at any time.

This map of cycling/walking routes of the North-East Edinburgh provided for free by Edinburgh Council is a great source of finding your favourite path around Portobello.