General information on Edinburgh

General information on Edinburgh

Here we will tell you all you need to know to prepare for your trip to Edinburgh: money, language, history, the dates of the famous festival and much more.

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Edinburgh facts & figures

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most visited city in the United Kingdom after London.

An estimated 506,000 people live in Edinburgh. However, during Edinburgh's Festivals, the population doubles.    

Health insurance

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 getting health travel insurance before travelling 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

Quirks and Traditions

Edinburgh is one of the most fascinating and surprising cities of Europe. Packed with oddities and eccentricities, it captivates all tourists’ hearts.

Edinburgh's Festivals

Edinburgh's festivals refers to the various events and shows that take place in the city. Find out what festivals there are and when they take place.