You will be anchored and tendered to South Queensferry, within sight of the famous Forth Railway Bridge.
Most cruise lines offer shuttles to the center of Edinburgh (16.90 Euros), but only announce this the night before, so not to disturb their excursion sales.
A local coach operator (Cramond Coaches) offers an alternative shuttle service to the city. There are members of the company staff waiting by the pier to accept payment. It costs £10, or Euros 15 or $15 and it drops you in Charlotte Square at the west end of Princes Street. From there it is easy to catch the green hop-on, hop-off bus (the Edinburgh Tour)
The ship's shuttle (25 minutes trip) will drop you off at Waterloo Place, just a few steps from the point where all hop on/off buses start. Just past Waverley Station.
Taxis have a fixed one way rate per taxi (not per person) for 25 Pound.
Climb a small hill (110 steps!) to the railway station at Dalmeny and spent the day in Edinburgh . Trains are every 20 minutes with a journey time of 15 minutes, and cost just over £8, for a return ticket.
By public bus: Once you come off the ship at Hawes Pier you will then need to walk approx. 10 minutes to the Police Station in S. Queensferry where you will be able to get bus #40 or 40a to Edinburgh City center. The service operates abour every 15 minutes. The bus will take you into Edinburgh bus station and from there it is a short walk to Princes St. On your return journey get the same bus again from Edinburgh bus station from stance 14 back to S. Queensferry and just ask the driver to inform you of the best stop to get off to get back to the ship. About £4 for a return ticket.
Video of the tender into South Queensferry.
Printable map to take along.
Watch a destination video.
You can walk the waterfront, admire the little Priory Church of St Mary, browse the handful of remaining shops and relax on the sidewalk cafes.
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The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Please make sure you get change in English notes as Scottish notes are not everywhere accepted in the rest of the UK.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
The Rail Bridge Cafe offers good Wifi, Ask the waiter or bartender for the password. Have a icecream or drink on their inviting terrace overlooking the tender pier and famous railroad bridge.
For free WiFi you can download the app FastConnect which lets you connect to thousands of The Cloud WiFi hotspots across the UK, located in popular places such as restaurants, cafés, bars, train stations and shopping centers.
There is also free WiFi on the public bus 40 and 40A.
The local emergency telephone number is 999, however the EU-wide 112 can also be used.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open til' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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