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london then scotland or vice versa

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london then scotland or vice versa

We are planning a trip this coming June to London then St. Andrews. Our plan is to fly from the states to London, 4 days later take the train to Edinburgh and drive a rental car to St. Andrews. Then depart to the states flying from EDI. Is there a logistical advantage to reversing the order? (fly fom US to EDI, then train to London, then fly home from London). Can we pick up the rental car at the train station and then return it at the airport?

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Makes no difference either way to be honest. Are the fares cheaper flying into London and out of Edinburgh? You can pick up a rental car at Edinburgh Waverley but I would prefer to take the 100 Airlink bus to Edinburgh airport and picking the car up there. Much better choice of car, all the rental companies are at the airport and it will be easier driving to St Andrews from there rather than driving through the city centre.

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Thanks for the reply. Is it likely we can rent a car at the airport and then drop it off at the train station? Is driving difficult in town near the train station?

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There's a few things missing here - are you staying in Edinburgh or St Andrews or both and are you doing any driving (except with golf clubs) once you reach St Andrews?

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Picking up a rental car in central Edinburgh and dropping it at the airport is likely to trigger a one way fee - between £30 and £50 depending on who you rent with.

Driving in central Edinburgh is not fun. May well be easier all round to take bus or taxi to Edinburgh airport. You'll avoid the one way drop fee and you'll avoid the worst of central Edinburgh traffic.

Airport "surcharge" fees are rarely an issue over here - don't worry about that making any significant difference to the rental price.

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Dicanio10 is right - driving (and parking!) in central Edinburgh is not fun if you don't need to do it. There are loads of car hire options at the airport but the train station is not really set up for car hire - though does a good line in taxis. However unless you have tons of luggage I'd still suggest the airport bus rather than a taxi as it is just as direct and better value.

Another option would be to fly to Edinburgh - Easyjet fly from London Gatwick which is well linked to central London and is quite cheap.

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We are gradually changing our plans as we learn more. We will probably stay in The Edinburgh area and just rent a car and drive up to St. Andrews for a day. My wife and daughter are experienced horse riders and would love to find a nice place to ride in the area. Any thoughts...?

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Hi

The Scottish National Equestrian Centre is just outside Edinburgh and may know of horse riding options http://www.snec.co.uk/ or point you to someone that can help.

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