- Published: Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:26
- Written by Sharon Aitken
A Guide to green travel, to and from Assembly Rooms Edinburgh
It’s no secret that we’re big on being green here at Assembly Rooms and this is something we like to encourage our staff, clients and guests to incorporate into their travel arrangements. This could be anything from taking public transport, using Park & Ride, walking or cycling (we particularly encourage the latter because you really get the chance to absorb the Edinburgh atmosphere - it's an amazing city).
Read on for helpful advice on how to travel green.
We have a section on our website to show you where we are and lists our transport options. Our central location means we are accessible from all modes of transport in Edinburgh be it plane, train, tram, bus, car, cycle or on foot. If you're a visrst time visitor you may find this especially useful!
Walking and cycling
Walking and cycling are the greenest ways to get to us and are our personal favourites!
There is a fantastic resource at Edinburgh Council on walking and cycling showcasing routes, news, tips and more. You can find it here.
Walkers can use Walkit a website which allows you to plan your route, providing the number of steps, the time it will take, calories consumed and it even tells you how much CO2 was saved compared to taking train, car or bus for the journey!
For the cyclists amongst you, we highly recommend Cycle Streets for planning your cycle routes. Similar to Walkit, Cycle Streets gives you the best routes for cycling, estimates the time it will take and tells you how much CO2 emission were avoided compared to driving the same distance.
Did you know Edinburgh has an “inner Tube Map”? Taking inspiration from Transport of London’s iconic tube map design, the Edinburgh Inner Tube map provides a range of traffic free cycle routes with connection points. It’s fun and highly useful!
Edinburgh has an award-winning public transport consisting of buses and trams. Lothian Buses have won many awards for sustainability and have a Gold Standard for the Green Business Scheme, no mean feat, and you can find out more about their sustainability efforts here.
Over 25 Lothian busses stop within close proximity to Assembly Rooms, plan your route and find timetables here.
Edinburgh Trams, the newest transport addition to our city provides a clean and effective option for travel, especially for our visitors who fly in and out of Edinburgh Airport. The tram provides an excellent link between the airport and the city centre, our closest stop being St Andrews Square. More information about the trams can be found here.
We know that sometimes there is a need to drive. If you have to travel in a vehicle, there are some great car share schemes to consider, such as TripShare. You can also hire Eco Cars from companies like Green Motion.
Park & Ride is another great option for our visitors who have to drive from outside of Edinburgh meaning you can make the city part of your journey more sustainable. Edinburgh City Council have a handy guide with more Edinburgh Park & Ride options and information.