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bookshop. Outside the building there is a 24 hour computer screen to access essential information (addresses and tel nos etc) when the office is closed. I Citizens Advice Bureau 58 Dundas Street. 557 1500. Mon—Fri 9.30am—4pm (Wed closed 12.30—2.30pm). Evenings 6.30—8pm. Free legal advice available.
I Media Local radio station is Radio Forth. 197.3 FM. 1548 MW. which broadcasts 24 hours. 7 days.
I On 1001 Best way to see the city centre. and the only way to explore the Old Town. I Trains Waverley. at the east end of Princes Street. is the main BR station. The clock on the adjacent North British Hotel is considerately kept 3 minutes fast so as to let you arrive in good time for your train. Telephone enquiries (556 2451) are answered promptly and efficiently. Ring 556 5633 for reservations and sleepers. There is another. very small station (llaymarket) at the west end of the city. I Buses Edinburgh prides itselfon its bus service and most routes are well supplied. Only disadvantages are that you need the exact fare and you cannot hop on and off between stops. as you can. albeit at your own risk. on London buses. Maroon and cream coloured buses are run by Lothian Regional Transport and cover all city centre routes. (Information and tickets from LRT Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge. 226 5087 Mon—Sat 7am—8pm. Sun 8am—8pm. Weekly seasons £5). Eastern Scottish buses (coloured green) run through the city. to outlying districts. and an . inter-city service. (Fares are generally below those ofthc train). Tickets and information: St Andrew Bus Station. St Andrew Square. 556 8464 (tours: 5581616). Express service to Glasgow and Glasgow Airport from here.
Both companies offers an extensive range of tours. Contact above numbers for details.
I Bicycling The city centre is a bit hilly for bicycling but the outlying area is well worth exploring by bike. Central Cycle Hire. 13 Lochrin Place. Tollcross. 228 6333 offer a wide range of bikes. and are well equipped with routes. maps and general information. Hire prices
I Taxis If you can‘t find a black cab in the street try the taxi ranks at Waverley Station. South St David Street (outside St Andrew Sq. Bus Station) orthe Caledonian Hotel at the west end of Princes Street. Tipping is optional and less common than in London. Extra 50p call out charge if you order by phone. Central Cabs 229 2468 (and others in yellow pages) offer 24 hour-service.
I By Air Edinburgh Airport. Ingliston. 333 1000 is about 8 miles west ofthc city centre. Flight Enquiries 344 3136. Regular shuttle service to London. and flights to Europe. Eire and partsof the UK.
Getting to the airport: by taxis costs roughly £7—10 and takes up to 30 mins to 45 mins depending on the time ofday. Cheaper but less convenient is the airport bus run by LRT (no. 100) which leaves Waverley Bridge roughly twice an hour Mon to Fri from 5.45am to 22.05pm (once an hour at weekends). Buses run from the airport at similar intervals between 6.05am and 22.35pm. Cost: single £1 .75.£3 return.
I WHERE TO STAY
I Tourist Information and Accommodation Desk Waverley Market. 557 2727. Mon—Sat 8.30am—8pm. Sun
I 1am—8pm (until 9pm during Festival) and Edinburgh Airport. 333 2167 Mon—Sat 8.30am—9.30pm. Sun 9.30am—9.30pm. The most difficult accommodation to find is a single room and the worst time to find it is during the Festival; booking in advance is the only real answer. but if you haven‘t these offices will do their utmost to find you a bed. even ifit is outside the city. Approximately 600 hotels. guest houses and private houses pay to be registered with the tourist office and prices range from approx. £10 to £60 per person per night. There is a £1 booking fee. plus a 109? deposit ofthe whole stay. payable in advance.
The Book-a-Bed Ahead scheme (also available from the Scottish Travel Centre South St Andrew Street) offers a reservation service which covers most of Scotland and some places in England. Fee £1.75. plusa deposit of 10% ofthc price of the ﬁrst night. The ofﬁce also has details of camping and caravan sites.
I Youth Hostels 18
Eglinton Crescent. 337
1120 and 7 Bruntsfield Crescent. 447 2994. Members only. but membership is available to anyone over the age of5 at the hostel (£6). Advance booking (by post) essential during the
I Police Station Lothian and Borders 1 IO. Fettes Avenue.31 l 3131. Emergency Services: Dial 999 (free) and ask for the service you require - Fire. Police or Ambulance.
I Left Luggage Waverley Station. Waverley Bridge. 7 days 6am-10.45pm. Charges 50p—£1 .50 per day. depending on size of locker.
I Casualty and Emergency (24 hours) Services Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. 1 Lauriston Place. 229 2477 and Western General Ilospital. Crewe Road South. 332 2525.
I Emergency Dental Clinic Edinburgh Dental Hospital. 31 Chambers Street. 225 9511 (weekdays); Western General Hospital. Crewe Road South. 332 2525. every evening 7.30—10pm. Sat and Sun 10am—noon. I Contraceptive Advice Family Planning and Well Woman Services. 18 Dean Terrace. 332 7941.
I Aids Helpline contact the City Hospital. Greenbank
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Drive (41 bus). 4470411 or Scottish Aids Monitor. 23 Dublin Street. 558 1167. I Samaritans 54 Frederick Street. 225 3333.
I Money Bank hours are 9.30am—3.30pm. though some shut at lunch time. All branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland open Mon—Wed and Fri 9.30am—4.45pm and an extra hour on late closing day. Thursday. from 4.30—5.30pm. The Clydesdale Bank in Waverley Market. 556 7306 is unique in the centre of town in its 1 extended hours: Mon—Sat I | 8.30am—7.30pm; Sun 11am—3pm. Nearly all the Scottish and English banks have reciprocal arrangements for using cash-dispensing machines. but beware the extra fee some ofthem impose for the service. It‘s well worth checking with your own bank before you find yourself with extra bank charges at the end of your holiday.
I Jenners. Generally acknowledged as Edinburgh‘s premier store. and located at the east end of Princes Street. It was one of the biggest department stores in the UK when it was built and its vast central mock
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