Planning a Football Trip to Edinburgh? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Edinburgh – How to get to Edinburgh & How to get around
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Fly to Edinburgh
Multiple airlines fly to Edinburgh every day and you are able to fly direct from Edinburgh from most large airports in the UK
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Directions from the Airport
Edinburgh Airport lies 8 miles (12 km) west of the city centre and is easy to reach thanks to reliable and frequent bus services. A range of taxi services and car hire options using major companies are also available. A taxi is likely to be around £20 from the airport to the city.
The Airlink 100 express bus service operates a 24-hour shuttle service between Edinburgh Airport and Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations), with designated stops en route. The service is frequent – every 10 minutes at peak times – with a journey time of about 25 minutes. Adult tickets cost £3.50 single and £6 return.
Taxis from the Airport
Passengers arranging pre-booked taxis from other areas will find the Pick-Up Zone is located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park, directly opposite the Terminal. A journey to the city centre typically takes about 25 minutes and costs around £20
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Football Trip to Edinburgh – Travel By Train
You can get a train to Edinburgh from all over the UK – try https://www.thetrainline.com/ for times
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Travel By Coach
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Football Trip to Edinburgh – Travel Around Edinburgh
Football Trip to Edinburgh – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Edinburgh – The Stadium
Hearts website gives a detailed history of Tynecastle Stadium
Hibs first played at the present site of Easter Road in 1893. The record attendance of 65,860, when the stadium had vast terracing sections, was set by an Edinburgh derby on 2 January 1950. he size of the terracing was greatly reduced in the 1980s. After the publication of the Taylor Report, Hibs considered leaving Easter Road and moving to a different site, but these plans were abandoned in 1994. The stadium currently has an all-seated capacity of 20,421, which makes it the fifth-largest football stadium in Scotland. Easter Road is also known by Hibs fans as “The Holy Ground” or “The Leith San Siro”.
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Getting to the Stadium
General Directions – Tynecastle Stadium is located close to the West End of Edinburgh and can be located from there by taking the Dalry Road fork at Haymarket and continuing until Dalry Road joins Gorgie Road.
From the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720), take the A71 Edinburgh West slip road and follow signs for City Centre.
Buses from Haymarket/Dalry to Tynecastle are Lothian numbers 1, 2, 3, 21, 25, 33 and First numbers 25, 27, 28 & 427.
Train – If travelling from the West and North, disembark at Haymarket Station (the last stop before Waverley Station) and proceed along Dalry Road and Gorgie Road.
Easter Road Stadium is approx. thirty minutes from Edinburgh Airport, five minutes from Waverley Station and within easy reach of the main routes to Glasgow, the South and North. The Stadium is situated on the north east side of the City of Edinburgh and is on the east side of Easter Road, in Albion Place/Road. Visiting Supporters will be accommodated in the South Stand.
Local Bus Service – The Lothian Region Transport buses depart Princes Street every few minutes and stop in London Road at Easter Road, which is only a few minutes walk to the Stadium. Route maps are located at most bus stops.
Train Service – Edinburgh Waverley is served by trains from all over the country and adjoins Princes Street. The Stadium is about a 20-25 minute walk from Princes Street. There is a taxi rank situated within the Station.
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Getting Tickets
Heart of Midlothian – Tickets are available online with a good website hosted by Ticket Master, you can select your own seat. https://www.eticketing.co.uk/heartofmidlothian/default.aspx. They usually sell a couple of matches in advance. Tickets can also be bought over the phone or at the Ticket Centre at Tynecastle is also open six days a week (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm). Hearts operates four seating zones: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each zone and price reflects the quality of view in relation to the pitch. Our seating zones apply to both season ticket and match ticket sales. Tickets are priced between £18 and £28 with discounts for under 12’s and 18’s, over 65’s and also people who are not working.
Hibernian FC have 2 categories of tickets A & B. A is for the higher profile games and tickets are only sold to people who are registered on the Hibernian FC database. In theory this means you have to to attend a Category B game before you can attend a Category A game. Once registered, tickets can then be purchased online: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/hibernianfc/default.aspx Tickets are priced between £18 and £28 with discounts for under 12’s and 18’s, over 65’s and also people who are not working.
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
Check the SPL website when planning your football trip to Holland for latest fixture information.
The schedule for kick-off times in Scotland can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Scotland page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Where to stay
This website has a guide to the different central areas, if you are there on a short trip then staying near to Princes Street means you can explore from a central location and have a good choice of bars.
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Football Trip to Edinburgh – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Edinburgh it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
The main Tourist Information Centre in Edinburgh sits on top of Princes Mall / Waverley Market. Opening hours vary throughout the year, with longer opening hours in the summer to deal with the extra tourists visiting the city.
Climb Arthurs Seat – Edinburgh’s Dormant Volcano – http://www.edinburgh.org/see-do/activities/walking/holyrood-park-arthurs-seat
The Edinburgh Dungeon is a single topic oriented museum, however, instead of focusing on art, culture, movies and many other, its main focus lies in horror, supernatural and gruesome history of Scotland. http://www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh/en/
Scotch Whiskey Experience (354 Castlehill) – an the hour-long tour where visitors are guided through a series of displays, exhibitions and finally a theme-park style ride, which together chart the history of whisky production since the 15th century. Scotland’s national drink is shown in all its constituent parts, with the tastes, smells and noises of its production cleverly intertwined in an educational (if light-hearted) sensory journey. If you’re over 18, the charge includes a dram, designed in part to entice drinkers down to the well-stocked bar below the exhibition. Admission £11; £5.95-£8.50 discounts; free under-5s; £25 family.
Hibernian FC Stadium tours can be arranged, If you are interested in the availability of a Stadium Tour then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart of Midlothian Stadium tours take place on Fridays at 12pm and 2pm. The cost is £6 and As part of the tour, visitors will get the chance to experience areas such as the players’ tunnel, manager’s office and directors’ suite.
Murrayfield is one of the great sporting stadia of the world, witness to many thrilling international rugby matches. You can walk round the stadium any day of the week, from 9am-5pm. http://www.scottishrugby.org/murayfield-stadium/tours
The National Galleries of Scotland are open between 10am-5pm and free to enter, and are housed in five beautiful buildings across the city.
Football Trip to Edinburgh – Eating & Drinking
Bow Bar (8 W Bow) An elder statesmen of the Edinburgh pub scene, The Bow Bar specialises in malt whiskey with over 100 bottles to take your pick from. There’s also an ever-changing selection of cask ales (mostly local and regional), pies at lunchtime and a no-music policy that keeps the mood intimate and peaceful.
Thompsons Bar (182-184 Morrison Street) Thomson’s has no music, several real ales and serves, at lunchtime only, a tight, affordable menu of three pies, a daily hot dish and a few panini.
Hollyrood 9A (9A Holyrood Road) 25 keg and cask beer pumps and a wide range of fancy burgers available for reasonable prices.
Red Squirrel (21 Lothian Road) Red Squirrel, a neat bar owned by Edinburgh’s Fuller Thomson group, is changing all that. On offer every day are two courses for £10. Burgers form a fair chunk of the menu with 10 different varieties. They offer 13 different brands of beer.
Port O’Leith (58 Constitution Street) Fridays and Saturdays are dancing-on-tables rowdy, with all boxes checked for cheap drinks, pumping tunes and impromptu sing-a-longs.
Teuchers Landing (1c Dock Place) Multi-award winning bar, Teuchters Landing situated in the popular Shore area of Leith. With over 90 varieties of malt whisky 18 beers on tap and 20 wines and bubblies by the glass this is one place you’ll want to visit whilst in Edinburgh. Home to the tasty Mug Menu (drinking food!), you can enjoy a drink with a mug of hand cut chunky chips, large pot of mussels or delicious macaroni and Mull cheese
The Brauhaus – (105 Lauriston Pl) – This German corner pub may be small, but the beer selection is anything but. The menu is like a guide that encompasses countless exported beers from all over the world. Just pick any country, study its assortment, and make a choice.
The Standing Order (62-66 George Street) is a Wetherspoons pub based in the former builing of the Union Bank of Scotland. The building was designed between 1874-1878 and is a Grade A listed building.
The Cumberland Bar (1-3 Cumberland Street) – The traditional Cumberland Bar offers an enormous variety of excellent cask conditioned ales and beers, some of the best in Edinburgh. It also has a beer garden recommended as one of Edinburgh’s best.
The Last Drop (74-78 Grasswmarket). The Last Drop is a macabre reference to the last hanging in the Grassmarket. Tenements once stood on this site, but these were rebuilt into the pub you see today using the old buildings’original 17th Century stone.
Haymarket Bar (11-14a West Maitland Street) Another Nicholsons Pub within a short stroll of Haymarket Station, Princes Street and Tynecastle and Murrayfield Stadiums. The pub, which is built in a late Georgian to early Victorian style, occupies a sweeping corner spot with a fine view of the world. Directly outside stands the Haymarket Clock, a memorial to the Heart of Midlothian football team of 1914 that signed up en masse to fight in the First World War.
The Auld House (23-25 St Leonard’s St) on the way from centre to Arthurs Seat, They serve Hobgoblin and Bitter & Twisted permanently, and a guest ale from craft breweries such as Cromarty Brewing, Dark Star, Fyne Ale, Magic Rock, Moor and Tiny Rebel. They also are famous for their huge Nachos and impressive juke box.
Berts Bar (29 William Street) A good real ale pub located on William Street in the West End. Simple food, good real ale and good service.
Malt & Hops (45 Shore, Leith) – Dating back from 1749 the ceilings are draped with golf clubs, fishing rods, old tap signs, notes from around the world and a collection of ceramic beer jugs. Beers are listed clearly of which there are about eight cask beers available.
Guildford Arms (1 West Register Street) Located at the east end of Princes Street this is a comfy old style pub with a few twists. Possibly the largest range of beers and largers on offer in Edinburgh and strangly one of the few pubs in Edinburgh that still has heavily patterned carpet.
Barneys Brewery & Bar (1 Summerahll) Edinburgh’s only Microbrewery. http://www.barneysbeer.com/
The Abbotsford (3 Rose Street) One of the best real ale pubs in Edinburgh with a bar carved in Mahogany and an ornate Jacobean ceiling.
Brew Dog Edinburgh (143 Cowgate). The industrial metal interior is suitably on trend for the Edinburgh outpost of this headline-grabbing brewery.
Café Royal (19 West Register Street). The Cafe Royal tucked away down a side street off St. Andrew Square is possibly one of the best bars in Scotland and the wider UK.
The Hanging Bat (133 Lothian Rd). Beer wise we have 6 cask, 14 keg lines and 120+ bottles and cans. The food menu consists largely of BBQ food and hot dogs prepared by their chefs on their own smoker and dog griddle. All the food used comes from independently owned UK companies.
The Vintage (60 Henderson Street). A new edition to the Leith bar scene, The Vintage serves up its beer in schooners (that’s a 2/3 pint or half pint to you and me) to keep the flavour going.
Caley Sample Room (Angle Park Terrace) Caley Sample Room is a gastropub named after the Caledonian Brewery down the road, it now reserves just one pump for Caley beer – Deuchars IPA – but stocks several guest ales and speciality beers, plus 24 wines by the glass and the same number of whiskies. It earned a nomination for Best Pub Grub at the 2010
The Regent (2 Montrose Terrace). East of the city centre on Abbeyhill, the Regent isn’t easily chanced upon, but those who know it are happy to go out of their way. It’s a gay-friendly real ale pub that has twice been voted Pub of the Year by Edinburgh Camra, thanks to its four ale pumps and intriguing bottled beers.
Mussel Inn, (61-65 Rose Street) – Mussels come many ways, so do scallops. Look out for langoustine, lobster and a fish of the day. Seafood chowder’s almost a meal in itself. Less than pounds 15 for food.
Valvona & Crolla Caffe Bar (19 Elm Row) Described as the best Italian deli in Britain, this serves probably the best coffee in the city. Bread is baked here. Other ingredients come direct from Italy. Antipasto is pounds 8.95 for two people; there’s pizza, frittata and pasta for pounds 6-pounds 8. Save space for chocolate cake or lemon tart (made with unwaxed lemons from Amalfi). Lunch can be booked except on Saturday
Hanams (3 Johnston Terrace) Charcoal-cooked shish kebabs, spicy curries and shawarma wraps made with fresh ingredients, plus an outdoor shisha balcony. It’s BYOB with no corkage fee, so you save loads on drinks
Mum (4a Forrest Road) Bangers and mash are a speciality, with a choice of different sausages, mashes and gravies to combine to create your perfect heart-warming dish. A selection of pies and school-dinner puddings like apple crumble with homemade custard also hit the spot
The Dogs (110 Hanover Street) Average spend: starters £4-7, mains £8-13, desserts £4-5. Modern British food.
The Tailend (14-15 Albert Place, Leith Walk) Hand-cut chips and fish cooked fresh and expertly in front of you
Baked Potato Shop (56 Cockburn Street) Fluffy baked-to-perfection tatties, generously filled with almost anything you fancy: baked beans and cheese, egg mayo, veggie chilli, haggis
Mosque Kitchen Restaurant. (Nicholson Square) The evening buffet is just £10-this is great value for money and an authentic Edinburgh dining experience not to be missed.
Le Sept (5 Hunter Square) Food is freshly prepared , service – brisk and attentive. Their 3 course lunch special at £8 for one course, £10 for 2 and £12.00 for all 3 courses is great value for money. Also their evening menu offer-2 courses for £16 is brilliant.
Los Cardos (281 Leith Walk) With Burrito’s come choices, chicken, pulled pork, haggis, and then choices of additional fillings such as black beans, rice, coriander, creme fresh, fresh chili salsa style sauce with a range of heat.
Ilegal Jacks (113-117 Lothian Road) The prices are reasonable, they serve beer (Brew Dog), soft drinks and teas and coffee. Recommended for their large portions