Edinburgh is a beautiful city in the heart of Scotland, making it a very desirable vacation destination. Your cheap flight to Edinburgh will arrive at the Edinburgh International Airport, which boasts plenty of shopping, dining, and even lounges for relaxing. Take advantage of the commission-free currency exchange and the complimentary WiFi to catch up on emails after your Edinburgh flight lands. When you are ready to head to your hotel, there is a dedicated airport bus service called Airlink Express, which offers free WiFi service on the bus and electrical sockets for charging electronic devices.
Edinburgh is a fairly compact city making it easy to explore on foot. There are some hills, but overall the views make it worth it. The public transportation system relies heavily on buses. There are two companies that operate using the same stops but different routes and fee structures. Lothian is owned by the City Council and offers an all-day ticket and a Bus Tracker with real-time updates for your smart phone via apps. First is a privately owned system that tends to service more outlying areas. Car rental is not really recommended, as parking is difficult and there are many confusing one-way streets. Edinburgh offers two types of taxis: black cabs which can hold up to five passengers and can be hailed on the street, or mini cabs which must be pre-booked.
If you took a flight to Edinburgh so you could do a lot of sightseeing, the Edinburgh Pass might be a worthwhile investment, because it allows for admission to 27 top attractions. There is plenty to see and do in Edinburgh. You can't visit without going to Edinburgh Castle, a royal fortress on one of the highest points in the city. Be sure to explore Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Giles' Cathedral, and the Royal Botanical Garden. There are also plenty of museums to check out like the Museum of Scotland and the Royal Museum. You might also want to check out the Edinburgh Zoo and Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano.
Princes Street is the main shopping street and has plenty of tourist-oriented shops. If you are looking for something more upscale, try George Street or head to Cockburn Street for eclectic wares. The food lover will delight in Edinburgh with the wide range of choices guaranteed to suit every taste and budget. Everyone should try fish and chips at least once during their stay. Check out The Elephant House, one of Edinburgh's most famous cafés, as it is where JK Rowling wrote most of the first book in the Harry Potter series. For a fine dining, try The Witchery Restaurant next to the castle. There are plenty of traditional pubs to choose from if you want a drink, or for a more modern dance club go to the Cowgate district with plenty of nightclubs to choose from like Base and Diva. Go ahead and book your airfare to Edinburgh, because you are sure to find something you will love.
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