How to get around Edinburgh
Flagging Edinburgh taxis is simple. Similar to Australia, if the light is on, it's available. If you're out in the city, then you might be best to queue at one of the licensed taxi ranks. They're dotted all over the city, but you'll always find taxis close to Waverly Station. All cabs are metered, charging a standard, city-wide rate. Ride-sharing apps are also popular and commonly used.
Edinburgh public transport
An excellent network of buses serve Edinburgh city and the surrounding areas. Ask the driver for a ticket and make sure you have the correct change. In Edinburgh for a while? It might be more economical to get a citysmart card instead. There's also a modern tram system running across the city and out to Edinburgh Airport. This is a great way to get around the sites.
Edinburgh bike hire
Bike hire in Edinburgh is plentiful and pedalling your way around the city is a great option to get from A to B. A lot of Edinburgh residents choose to do just this, making the most of the cycle paths. However, it's worth remembering that Edinburgh is pretty hilly in places and the charming cobbled streets are a lot less attractive when sitting on the seat of a bike.
Edinburgh isn't a small city – getting from central areas like Princes Street out to Holyrood is a good 45-minute stroll – but it's certainly walkable. Walking Edinburgh is also the only way you'll get to explore some of the intriguing narrow alleyways. Comfy footwear is a must if you decide to sightsee Edinburgh on your own steam as there are plenty of steep walkways and cobbled pavements to navigate.