The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are only about a 1.5 hour train ride apart. You can walk into the train station on the day of travel and pick up a train ticket for 12.60£ for “off-peak” or 13.90£ “anytime” from Glasgow Queen Street Station to/from Edinburgh Haymarket Station. All prices are GBP and from Jan 2017. GBP is Great British Pounds (or £ can be used) and is the currency used in the UK including Scotland.
Traveling to Glasgow city center from Edinburgh Airport via the train will take a bit longer. Since the trains don’t go to the airports, you will need to get from the airport to a train station. There are multiple ways to get from the Edinburgh airport to the city center:
1) Take a cab. This is the easiest but most expensive option – it will be about £20 but this does “not include any waiting time or parking charges”.
2) Take Uber. If you are already an Uber user, the same app works in Scotland. If you are not already using Uber, I wouldn’t advise using it for the first time over seas. (Every time I used it over there, they called me to verify where to pick me up. This incurred charges on my mobile phone.) This website Uber EDI tells you where and how to get picked up by Uber.
3) Take the Tram for £5.50. It depends on how tired you are when you get to the airport. If you are groggy, just pay for the cab or Uber. I personally prefer the Tram, but it is a bit of a walk and you buy a ticket at a kiosk before boarding the tram. “Ticket vending machines accept most debit and credit cards (£3 minimum spend) as well as 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins. No change is given.”
4) Or you can take the Airlink Bus for £4.50 to the train station.
Catching the Train at Haymarket Station Edinburgh to get to Queen Street Station in Glasgow
This is really easy because the tram lets you off right in front of the Haymarket train station is which above ground and not very busy.
Inside the Haymarket Station in Edinburgh, buy tickets from a person through the glass doors,
Alternatively, can take a coach (bus) from Edinburgh airport to Glasgow city center. The information is here: City Link You would get off of the bus at the last stop at the Buchanan Street Station and then need to walk to your hotel.
Here is the map to the Piper’s Tryst.
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