Edinburgh in two days


This guide of Edinburgh in two days It is designed not to miss anything important in one of the cities with more atmosphere in Europe, making the most of a weekend or for your first 2 days.
Although we know that it is difficult to know the capital of Scotland in such a short time, if you take into account that the historic center is not very large and all the points of interest can be reached on foot, we can assure you that by charting the itineraries well, you will be able to know the most important places in the city.

After touring during the first day the most interesting places of the Old Town, such as the Castle, the cathedral, the Royal Mile, Victoria Street and the Palace of Holyrood, on this second day you will know several points of interest of the new part of the city ​​and you will end the day going up to the Arthur's Seat to see the best sunset over Edinburgh.

To make this guide to know the best of Edinburgh in 2 days we have based on the time we spent in the city during our trip to Scotland in 11 days. We start!

Recommended accommodation in Edinburgh

Our recommended accommodation for touring Edinburgh on a weekend or two days, is the Canon Court Apartments, located about 15 minutes walk from Old Town. In addition to their excellent location in a quiet area, these spacious apartments have free parking and one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.
If you do not have a car and want to be closer to the center we recommend the Old Waverley Hotel located next to the Waverley train station and with a good connection to the airport. In addition to its fantastic location on the famous Princes Street, it has one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.

Transfer from the airport to the hotel or to the city center

The best means of transport to get from the airport to your hotel or to the city center are:

  • Bus: The Airlink 100, which operates 24 hours, will take you in half an hour to Princess Street or Waverley Bridge, for about 4 pounds. The 35 and N22 city buses are cheaper and less comfortable, taking more than an hour to reach the center. You can book the Airlink here in advance.
  • Trolley car: The tram takes you in about 35 minutes to Princes Street for a price of 5.5 pounds.
  • Cab: The taxi costs about 25 pounds and is only a good option if you are staying away from a bus or tram stop.
  • Private transport: This is a comfortable and profitable alternative if you are a large group by having vehicles with 8 and 12 seats. You can book it here.

For more information on the transfer you can check this post on how to go from Edinburgh airport to downtown.

Tips for traveling to Edinburgh

  • Book this free tour of EdinburghFree! With a guide in Spanish, it will allow you to know the history of the city and its most interesting places.
  • Buy the Day Ticket if you are going to do 3 or more city bus trips during the day. If you are going to make fewer trips, remember to bring enough coins since they do not return the change.
  • Remember that the plugs are of the three-pin type and adapters are needed.
  • A good way to save time is to book the tourist bus, which stops at the most important places in the city.
  • Most museums in Edinburgh have free admission.
  • If you are going to complete your trip to Edinburgh with a route through the country, we recommend following this list of essential tips for traveling to Scotland.
  • Check if you find it profitable to book the 48-hour Royal Edinburgh card that includes the tourist bus and the entrance to several attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • It is advisable to pay by card or withdraw money at ATMs in the city, before going to an exchange house. We use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to withdraw money from the cashier, with which all the commissions will be returned and you will also receive 10 euros if you sign up from this link.

For more recommendations you can consult this essential tips for traveling to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's first day on a weekend

The first day of Edinburgh in two days Start early in the morning with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, one of the most essential places to visit in Scotland. In addition to visiting all the interesting points of its interior, it is worth approaching its walls to enjoy fantastic views of the entire city.
A good option to get to know the history of the castle firsthand is to book this guided tour in Spanish or book tickets in advance to save your queue and make the visit on your own.

Edinburgh route map in 2 days