Cruise arrivals at Newhaven HarbourNavigate the city with Lothian during your visit ashore

Newhaven Harbour with a blue sky in the background. The lighthouse stands out in the centre of the photo.
Newhaven Harbour with a blue sky in the background. The lighthouse stands out in the centre of the photo.

Newhaven will be a hive of activity this summer as various cruise ships from around the world drop anchor, and visitors descend on the harbour.

If you’re arriving into Edinburgh and are looking for information on how to take in as much of the sights as possible in a limited time frame, look no further.

There are frequent departures from Newhaven Harbour, taking you directly into the city centre where you can explore the Scottish capital’s vibrant history, ancient buildings and stunning landmarks.

Services 11 and 16 provide fast and comfortable links into the heart of Edinburgh from the shore. The Service 7 departs from the nearby Craighall Road just a couple of minutes’ walk away.  To view timetables for these services, visit our Timetables page.

Contactless is the best way to pay for travel on our buses! Adult passengers can benefit from discounted daily and weekly capping when using TapTapCap from as little as £4.80 per day and £22 per week.

For adult passengers, tap the same card or mobile payment device for every journey across our entire network, and the following morning we’ll automatically charge you the cheapest adult daily fare for the journeys you’ve made. On Lothian city buses, this is capped at £4.80 per day!

You’ll never pay more than you need to, even if your plans change. Learn more about tickets and fares.

Please note that we accept Visa and Mastercard (including Maestro) cards that display the contactless symbol, or that have been added to Apple Pay and Google Pay. American Express contactless payment cards are not accepted. Cards issued outside of the UK may incur overseas transaction fees applied by your bank or card issuer.

Edinburgh Bus Tours – one of Scotland’s most popular paid-for visitor attractions – operates the Regal Tour with frequent departures from Newhaven Harbour 7-days a week. The Regal Tour is a multi-language tour filled with the history of the city and takes you to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus from your driver, or in advance via the Edinburgh Bus Tours website or app.

You can also download the Edinburgh Bus Tours Summer Brochure.

To learn more about cruise ship arrivals into Newhaven Harbour, please visit the CruiseForth website.

If you require journey planning support or have questions about tickets and fares, please reach out on our social media channels:

You can also phone the 24/7 bus information line on 0131 555 6363.