General information on Edinburgh
- What documents do I need to travel to Scotland? Is an identity card sufficient or do I need a passport? Do I need a visa?
- How much does a restaurant for two cost? How much are the museum's admissions tickets? Is accommodation expensive? Is it cheap to get around the city on public transport?
- What is the climate like in Edinburgh? When is the best time to visit the city? Does it rain more than in London or Paris?
- What currency do they use in Scotland? Is it better to pay with cash or with card? Do you they use pounds in Scotland?
- What public holidays do they have in Edinburgh and Scotland? When is the patron saint of Scotland?
- When do shops normally open and close in Edinburgh? Are restaurants open until late?
- What are Edinburgh's festivals? How many festivals are there? When do they take place?
Edinburgh facts & figures
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most visited city in the United Kingdom after London.
An estimate of 492.680 people live in Edinburgh. However, during Edinburgh's Festivals, the population doubles.
If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), we encourage you to travel with your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you are from outside the European Union, we recommend hiring a health travel insurance before traveling to Scotland.
Electricity, plugs and sockets
The power sockets used in Scotland are the same as in the rest of the UK (Type G) with three prongs. If in your country the sockets are different, you can either buy an adaptor or borrow one at your hotel.
Helpful telephone numbers
- Emergencies: 999
- Edinburgh area code: 131
- United Kingdom’s area code: 44