The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is home to almost 480,000 people. About 100,000 of who are students at one of the city’s four universities, including the University of Edinburgh.
Most visitors make stops at the Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Krikyard. The city has an excellent variety of restaurants with cuisines ranging from Indian to traditional Scottish to French. Some of the highly touted restaurants are Grain Store, Jasmine, Il Tricolore, and The Vintners Rooms.
Edinburgh Airport (airport code EDI) sees the seventh most passengers of any UK airport (over 9 million in 2009) and the fifth most flights (about 116,000 in 2009). It acts as a major hub for BMI, EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2 and Ryanair, all low cost carriers. 34 other airlines fly through Edinburgh Airport, with the most popular international routes being Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Newark and Alicante . The majority of the domestic routes, including flights to five different London airports, are more popular than any of the international routes.
The city and the airport are planning to complete the construction of a light rail running from the airport to the centre of Edinburgh in the next few years. The city is about 9 kilometres away from the airport.