Edinburgh’s Need to Know
Getting Into Edinburgh
To get into town from Edinburgh airport, a taxi will cost £20-£25. A return on Edinburgh Trams is £8.50, and a return on Lothian Bus’ Airlink is £7.50. It’s roughly a half hour journey on each.
If you are landing in Glasgow airport, take Citylink bus 500 to Buchanan Street Bus Station where you can then board a Citylink 900 bus to Edinburgh city centre (or catch the train).
Citylink are the main providers of intercity travel in the central belt of Scotland. The bus takes a little longer than the train between Edinburgh and Glasgow but is considerably cheaper as they offer an open return, whereas the trains do not.
Trains in Scotland are ran by Abellio Scotrail. They have an app you can use to check times and prices. There are two main train stations in Edinburgh, Waverley and Haymarket. The stations themselves are about a half hour walk from each other on either end of Princes Street. Waverley is the larger, main station. If travelling from Glasgow, there are also two main stations, Queen Street and Central. It is advised that you take the train going from Queen Street to Edinburgh as it is faster.
Trains from Glasgow Queen Street run every 15 minutes on Fridays and every 30 minutes at the weekend. Please note that on Friday they run an on/off peak service and travel should be avoided before 0930 and between 1630 & 1830 as it is both busier and more expensive.
Transport in Edinburgh
The main bus network is Lothian Buses. They have a route planner available on their website but here are some of the lines that drop you close to Murrayfield. Any driver will be happy to shout when it’s time for you to get off the bus!:
12: Seafield - Gyle Centre
22: Ocean Terminal - Gyle Centre
26: Tranent / Seton Sands - Clerwood
30: Musselburgh - Clovenstone
31: Hopefield - East Craigs
You can also use Edinburgh Trams. There is only one tram line which takes you from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city centre, including a stop at BT Murrayfield.
A one-way bus/tram ticket is £1.60, and a day ticket is £4. The buses only take exact change and you cannot pay by card. Tickets for the tram must be purchased before boarding on one of their on platform machines or using the m-tickets app. The app covers both the bus and tram network, the only issue is you have to spend over £10 to purchase. A day pass for Lothian Buses can also be used on Edinburgh Trams. If you purchase a tram ticket on the app, you need to validify it using the QR code available at every tram stop. If you do not do this, or if you ride without a ticket, you will be subject to a £10 fine.
You will also see First Buses operating in Edinburgh. These, more than likely, will not go anywhere you want to go and can be ignored.
Taxi companies in Edinburgh are varied now. We have both Uber and Gett. If you download Gett and use the code “GOOGLE” you should receive £10 credit. Both companies often also have offers on first time downloaders. Otherwise, here are some other numbers:
0131 229 2468 - black cabs
0131 297 1262 - black cabs
0131 777 7777 - cars
0131 555 5555 – cars
Other Stuff on Edinburgh
BT Murrayfield will have lots of food and drink vans in the grounds on the day, however to access these you must have a ticket. It’s better to meet people outside the gates than inside! Once in the grounds, you can’t leave and come back so make sure you bring cash inside with you as there may be no facilities on site. There is a maximum of 4 drinks that can be bought per person so if buying in bulk then bring a friend! Phone signal in the stadium can be pretty ropey (ironically…) and it’s normally freezing so bring layers. It might be a hot balmy Scottish 12 degrees outside but inside it’s Antarctica.
While it is totally illegal to drink on the streets in Glasgow, you are allowed to drink “peacefully” on the streets of Edinburgh but you must stop if asked by a member of the police.
There are no late night food stops, most chip shops will close at around 11 or 12 so make sure you have some drunken snacks ready at home! If you do go to a chip shop, they will ask if you want “salt n sauce”. This is a brown sauce and vinegar mix which you’ll surely enjoy...
Fun in Edinburgh
Pubs & Grubs Near BT Murrayfield
Platform 5 is opposite Haymarket train station and tram stop. It’s a normal, Wetherspoons-esq pub. All the standard pub grub you can imagine, reasonably priced and also large enough to enable big groups.
The Murrayfield Hotel is one of the closest pubs to the stadium. If you want to eat here, you ought to book. It will likely get busy pre match.
The Roseburn Bar and Murrayfield Bar are at the end of the street that leads to the main entrance of Murrayfield. Always busy on match days but very convenient. No food, but definitely beer. Get there early!
Ghillie Dhu is a favourite in Edinburgh. Great Scottish food and beers, and next to a tram stop that will take you to the stadium. Booking is definitely necessary.
The Cambridge is an excellent burger and beer bar also close to a tram stop for BT Murrayfield.
Presidents’ Suite, BT Murrayfield is the best bar inside the stadium. A must for before and after the game to meet a mixture of fans. With it being right next to corporate functions, you also get the chance to meet players after the game. It’s also right next to where the players bus will arrive. Please note this may be at least partially closed for hospitality pre match.
Up & Under Bar, BT Murrayfield. Located up the South East stairwell, under the stand.
The Beer Kitchen is on Lothian Road, a short walk from a tram stop to the grounds. Great beer, unsurprisingly!
Pubs and Grubs Around Edinburgh
Angels with Bagpipes is on the High street and makes for some excellent Scottish fine dining.
The Three Sisters is a quality, large pub in the Grassmarket. Major kudos also for agreeing to host the Sarries Supporters on Saturday 13th!
The Albanach is also on the High street for some standard Scottish fare.
Whiski Rooms on North Bank street. Can you guess what their specialty is?
Angels’ Share on Hope Street. Tasty, tasty food and lovely setting.
Boozy Cow. Just off George Street, this place does killer burgers and alcoholic milkshakes.
Cafe Royal. An Edinburgh classic, bit posh but lovely.
Rose Street is a street of pubs and grubs just behind Princes Street. Highlights include The Rose Hip.
Dishoom is new to Edinburgh serving up some quality tapas style Indian food.
Wahaca is another new addition to the capital. Head there for excellent Mexican cuisine.
The Witchery is perfect for a bit of fancy Scottish food. Excellent quality restaurant situated next to the castle.
Holyrood 9A is another great burger restaurant. Try the venison and black pudding burger.
George Street is the main street running behind Princes Street. A street full of restaurants and pubs. Highlights include The Dome, The Standing Order, Cafe Andaluz, Las Iguanas.
Ghost tours! Mary Queen’s Close, Mercat Tours, City of the Dead Tours.
Dynamic Earth is an interactive history of the world.
Open Bus Tour. There are many options to choose from, head down to Waverley Bridge to find out more.
Museums & Galleries. There are hundreds of these in Edinburgh. The National Museum of Scotland is both free and a highlight.
Edinburgh Gin Tour
Scotch Whisky Experience
What’s On in Edinburgh
Challenge Cup Final, BT Murrayfield
Summerhall Beer FestivALE
Prides, Liquid Rooms
The Ladykillers, Assembly Roxy
CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL, BT MURRAYFIELD
Official Sarries Support pre match meet up, The Three Sisters, Cowgate, 11am
Official Sarries Support post match meet up, Harry’s Bar, Randolph Place
Summerhall Beer FestivALE