Commuting in Edinburgh
Most residents of the Edinburgh city region are employed within
the city centre, however, work locations are also spread into the
wider city region and other Scottish cities. In comparison with
other European cities, commuter times are still considerably
Currently around 90,000 people commute into the city from the
areas around Edinburgh, though commuter traffic goes both ways. For
example, 20,000 Edinburgh residents choose to commute to Glasgow,
whilst 25,000 Glasgow residents commute into Edinburgh.
The express train link between Glasgow Queen Street and
Edinburgh Waverley serves commuters from either city in less than
one hour, whilst the M8 motorway transports commuters in
approximately 50 minutes. In addition, regular bus services operate
between the cities of Scotland’s central belt.
The possibility of improved rail links with the Scottish Borders
will inevitably lead to faster commutes from the region.
With direct air links to the rest of the UK, Europe, North
America and beyond, Edinburgh city region is one the best connected
areas in Britain.
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