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The main thing to avoid when driving in Edinburgh is, driving in Edinburgh. The 'Old Town' was built around the 12th century, and the 'New Town' was built around the 18th century. So horses were not being catered for, not cars (or buses, for that matter!).
As you would expect, the old town is virtually undrivable, and even the new town has many streets only for pedestrians. The bypass road (the A720) is helpful if you need to get somewhere on the city's fringes, but it can be congested at peak times. The other thing to note is that parking in the town can be costly.
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In May 2022, the Edinburgh Council introduced a clean air zone around the city. It is not being enforced until the 1st of June 2024, when a penalty would mean a £60 fine, going to £30 if paid within 14 days. The emission standards will be Euro 4 for petrol cars, Euro 5 for diesel vehicles and all petrol or diesel taxi and private hire vehicles.
To get more information on the Low emission zone for Edinburgh, click here.
Through the Scottish Government scheme, Chargeplace Scotland, Edinburgh has many charge points around Heriot Row and Fettes Avenue. You can see these here. Most are 7kWh chargers, so if you need something more substantial, like a DC rapid charger, you should head out of town (just a little) - check out ZAPMAP to get you topped up in no time.
Edinburgh has plenty to do and see, a city rich in history and culture. It's probably best explored on foot and using public transport. It's one of the few UK cities to have its own publicly owned bus service, the LRT, so the prices are still reasonable. Many roads in Edinburgh now have a dedicated bus lane ensuring that the buses get a clear run, so they are relatively reliable too.
Edinburgh now has a state-of-the-art tram system. Going from the west of the city into the centre and back, it can take you from Edinburgh Airport if you are flying or from the Ingliston Park and Ride and drop you into the city's heart with no hassle. Trams are every seven minutes, and it is ideal if you want to drive to Edinburgh but prefer to avoid parking in the town itself. The rail links are bountiful, as well as the trams and buses; check out our handy links to help you get around Edinburgh below.
Although a busy place to drive around, Edinburgh offers some decent parking options; it can be pretty pricey.
Multi-storey options include St James Quarter, Castle Terrace and Edinburgh Park. On-street parking is metered, and you can use the Ringo app to pay from your phone and top up without going back to the meter. Check the locations here. Whenever parking in the street in Edinburgh, it pays to read the signage, there are a lot of parking permit areas, and many roads can't be parked on (or even stopped on) at all, like the dedicated bus lanes or 'double red' lines.
Below you can find answers to our most commonly asked questions about car leasing in Edinburgh. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Get in touch.