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After London, Edinburgh is Britain’s most popular big city with backpackers. Although not everyone who visits London gets the chance to make it to Scotland, virtually everyone who visits Scotland will also visit Edinburgh.

The Scottish capital is a beautiful city with an imposing castle, Holyrood Palace and the majestic Royal Mile that connects the two. Apart from impressive old buildings and centuries of tradition, Edinburgh is a city that knows how to party. The city is home to an endless array of festivals including the Edinburgh Festival and the Festival Fringe, which has grown into the world’s largest arts festival plus numerous other arts, entertainment and music festivals. Strong Scottish tradition has fused with Edinburgh’s party culture to turn Edinburgh’s Hogmanay from a traditional Scottish celebration to the world’s largest New Year’s Eve party.

The city has plenty of things to do, including great pubs and world-class attractions that make this an unbeatable destination.

Local transport

Edinburgh’s transport network is made up of a tram line and a bus network. There are also suburban trains that run every 30 minutes during the day and hourly during the evening and on weekends. This is comprised of long distance trains passing through the city and stopping at local stations so it’s not a real suburban rail system like Glasgow’s and buses and trams are generally a cheaper and more useful transport option for most backpackers.

The tram line is a convenient option for many travellers as it connects the airport with the city centre with stops on Princes Street and Waverley Station.

Most tram fares are £1.50 for a single ticket, although trams to the airport cost £5. The single bus ticket is £1.50. A day ticket – valid on Edinburgh Trams and Lothian Buses – costs £4 (£9 including travel to Edinburgh Airport).

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