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Find Your Way to Edinburgh Castle: Transportation Routes & Tips

Where is Edinburgh Castle Located?

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Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh Castle is strategically located on Castle Rock, a volcanic rock formation that towers over the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland. This vantage point provides commanding views of the city and its surroundings, making it a historically significant and visually stunning landmark.

Nearest Landmark: St. Giles' Cathedral (0.2 miles)

Getting to Edinburgh Castle by Public Transportation

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By Train

Best For: Saving time

Travel time: 40 minutes ( from Edinburgh Airport ) 

Nearest station: Waverley Station

  • From Waverley Station, it's a manageable walk to Edinburgh Castle. 
  • The route is picturesque and takes you through the historic Old Town, up towards Castlehill. The walk typically takes around 15-20 minutes, but may vary depending on individual walking pace.
  • If you prefer not to walk, you can easily find taxis or use ride-sharing services near Waverley Station for a quick and convenient ride to the castle.
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By Bus

Best for: Budget travel

Travel time: 30 minutes ( from Edinburgh Airport ) 

Nearest stop: Waverley Station

  • If arriving at Edinburgh Airport, the Airlink 100 bus service offers a direct link to the city center, including a stop near Waverley Station. From there, it's a manageable walk to the castle.
  • Night buses N22 and N41 also pass close to the castle, providing transport after regular hours. Additionally you can take buses 2, 23, 27, 35, or 41 during regular hours.
  • Many tour buses, both hop-on-hop-off and guided tours, include Edinburgh Castle as a major stop on their routes. 

Getting to Edinburgh Castle by Car

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Driving Route

Best for: Convenience

Travel time: 35 minutes (from Edinburgh Airport)

Distance: Approximately 9.9 miles

  • Depending on your starting location, use major roads like the M8, A720, or A1 to head towards Edinburgh.
  • Follow signs for the city center and Castle Terrace NCP parking facility.
  • Note that the city center may have restricted traffic zones, so follow signs and be aware of any regulations.
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Parking Facilities

  • Edinburgh Castle does not offer public parking facilities. 
  • The closest option is the Castle Terrace NCP car park. Limited parking spaces for visitors with Blue Badges are available on the Castle Esplanade, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Consider using alternative parking facilities in the city center if Castle Terrace NCP is full.
  • Parking availability may vary depending on the time of day and season, so plan accordingly.
  • Keep in mind that parking fees are subject to change, so it's advisable to check the current rates before your visit.

Cycle to Edinburgh Castle

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Best for: Eco-friendly travel

Travel time: 6 minutes ( from Edinburgh City Centre ) 

Distance: 0.7 miles

  • Bike racks are available close by, in Victoria Street, Waverley Station and Chambers Street.
  • Begin your journey from the city center, taking advantage of the well-marked cycling lanes and paths available. 
  • Cycle along The Mound, a historic street connecting the New Town and Old Town of Edinburgh. It provides a picturesque route towards the castle.
  • Use George IV Bridge, a main road with a designated cycling lane, to ascend towards the Royal Mile
  • Once on the Royal Mile, continue cycling uphill towards Castlehill and Edinburgh Castle.



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Frequently Asked Questions About Getting to Edinburgh Castle

Where is Edinburgh Castle located?

Edinburgh Castle is located on Castle Rock in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

What city is Edinburgh Castle in?

Edinburgh Castle is located in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

What are the different ways to reach Edinburgh Castle?

The different ways to reach Edinburgh Castle include taking a train, taking a bus, driving, or cycling

How do I get to Edinburgh Castle by train?

To get to Edinburgh Castle by train, you'll want to arrive at Waverley Station, the main railway station in Edinburgh. From there, it's a manageable walk to the castle, approximately 15-20 minutes, through the historic Old Town.

Which is the closest train station to Edinburgh Castle?

The closest train station to Edinburgh Castle is Waverley Station. It is located in the heart of Edinburgh's city center, 15 minutes away from Edinburgh Castle.

How do I get to Edinburgh Castle by bus?

Take a public bus with routes like 2, 23, 27, 35, or 41, or use the Airlink 100 bus service  from the airport; you can also consider a guided tour bus that includes the castle as a stop.

Which is the closest bus stop to Edinburgh Castle?

The closest bus stop is Waverley Station, which is around 15 minutes away from Edinburgh Castle.

Is parking available at Edinburgh Castle?

No, there is no public parking available at Edinburgh Castle, but there are several parking options available nearby.

What is the best way to get to Edinburgh Castle if I want to sightsee on my way?

The best way to sightsee en route to Edinburgh Castle is by walking or cycling through the historic Royal Mile from Waverley Station, allowing you to explore the city's rich heritage along the way.

How do I get to Edinburgh Castle by car?

To get to Edinburgh Castle by car follow signs and directions from the city centre and head towards Castle Terrace NCP, the nearest car park.

Can I walk to Edinburgh Castle?

Yes, you can walk to Edinburgh Castle, especially if you're in the city center, it's a manageable stroll to the castle grounds.

What is the easiest way to reach Edinburgh Castle?

The easiest way to reach Edinburgh Castle is by walking or cycling from the city center, especially if you're near Waverley Station, as it's a manageable stroll to the castle grounds.