From the airport

Tram + Bus

Length: 1-2 hours depending on time of travel.
Available: Day & Night, 7 days a week.
Price: £9 for the Network DAYTicket (Airport Zone). This ticket can be used on all Lothian Trams Buses until 4:30am the next day. Family tickets available for up 2 adults and 3 children. Kids under 5 years old go free.

Up to date info about the tickets can be found on the Lothian Trams website.

Buy your tickets as you enter the tram platform, you can also get them online or use the app.

Details: Use tram from the Airport (1) and go right to the last stop – York Place (2). Then change to bus 26 that stops in many places along Portobello Beach (3).

Go upstairs for the best views of the city, all 26 buses are double-deckers. You can ask the driver to inform you when you reach Portobello Beach.

Don’t worry if you miss the first bus stop after reaching Portobello, there’s 9 bus stops along The Beach & Promenade. Return trip is easy, just cross the street and take any bus no.26, they all go via Princess Street.

This route is suitable for wheelchairs. Did you know that there’s an opportunity to book a free beach wheelchair in Portobello?

Tram + Train

Length: Around 1 hour.
Available: 7am – 9pm, 7 days a week.
Price: Around £6 per person, one way. Kids under 5 years old go free. There’s few ways to obtain the tram tickets, see Edinburgh Trams website for details and prices. Train tickets can be bought online, see more info below the map.

Description: Take the tram from the airport to Edinburgh Gateway. Next catch a train from Edinburgh Gateway to Waverley Station in the city centre, here catch a train to Brunstane Station.

Note, you will arrive at Brunstane Station which is 15 min away from Portobello on foot (mostly down the hill).

This trip is NOT suitable for wheelchairs as there’s no ramp for train access available at Brunstane.

TransPennine Express website allows you to book train tickets online without any extra fees. If you would like to help our website, please book your tickets using the advert below.

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Taxi

The trip should take about 30 minutes and at a cost of about £30. The driver is most likely to take the city bypass to reach Portobello quickly avoiding the city centre.

There are 2 leading taxi companies covering Edinburgh:

City Cabs: Visit website

Central Taxis: Visit website

You will probably find few taxis available outside the airport.

Private hire cars, work like a taxi but must be pre-booked. These cars are sometimes smaller than taxis.

Capital Cars: Visit website

All The Fives: Visit website

Car Hire

There’s a number of car rental partners listed on the airport’s website.

You can also book your car using the adverts below and help this website, thanks.

easyCar (from the easyJet family) allows you to compare the prices from various providers.

Thrifty is a car rental company based in England covering many airports in the UK. You can book directly on their website and they accept PayPal.

Europcar is a French company established in 1949, renting cars in almost 4000 locations worldwide.

From Edinburgh City

Bus

Length: around 30 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley railway station (near Princess Street).
Available: Day & Night, 7 days a week.
Price: £1.70 Adult, £0.80 Child. Day tickets are a good choice and family tickets are also available for up 2 adults and 3 children. Kids under 5 years old go free.

See latest prices on the Lothian Buses website.

If buying tickets from the driver make sure to have exact amount of money as the drivers do not give back any change.

Details: When you leave the Waverley station (1) head over towards the tall and easily recognisable Scott Monument.

The bus stop (2) is on the street across the Scott Monument.

If you’re travelling after midnight use Night Bus N26 stopping opposite the Scott Monument on Printess Street, “stop PK”.

Go upstairs for the best views of the city, all 26 buses are double-deckers. You can ask the driver to inform you when you reach Portobello Beach.

Don’t worry if you miss the first bus stop after reaching Portobello, there’s 9 bus stops along The Beach & Promenade. Return trip is easy, just cross the street and take any bus no.26, they all go via Princess Street.

This route is suitable for wheelchairs. Did you know that there’s an opportunity to book a free beach wheelchair in Portobello?

Train

Length: Around 10 minutes.
Available: 6am – midnight, 7 days a week.
Price: Around £3 per person, one way. Kids under 5 years old go free. Train tickets can be bought online, see more info below the map.

Description: From Waverley Station in the city centre catch a train to Brunstane Station.

Note, you will arrive at Brunstane Station which is 15 min away from Portobello on foot (mostly down the hill).

This trip is NOT suitable for wheelchairs as there’s no ramp for train access available at Brunstane.

TransPennine Express website allows you to book train tickets online without any extra fees. If you would like to help our website, please book your tickets using the advert below.

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Collect 2 points per £1 spent

Taxi

Taxis can be found outside the Waverley Station on Market Street. The trip should take about 20 minutes and cost around £20.

There are 2 leading taxi companies covering Edinburgh:

City Cabs: Visit website

Central Taxis: Visit website

Private hire cars, work like a taxi but must be pre-booked. These cars are sometimes smaller than regular taxis.

Capital Cars: Visit website

All The Fives: Visit website

Car Hire

There’s a number of car rental partners listed on the airport’s website.

You can also book your car using the adverts below and help this website, thanks.

easyCar (from the easyJet family) allows you to compare the prices from various providers.

Thrifty is a car rental company based in England covering many airports in the UK. You can book directly on their website and they accept PayPal.

Europcar is a French company established in 1949, renting cars in almost 4000 locations worldwide.