Free late-night trams are set for a return as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.
Last year thousands of revellers took advantage of the offer that saw services running through the night and into New Year’s Day.
To help customers enjoy a packed programme of celebrations, Edinburgh Trams has teamed up with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay organisers, Underbelly, to run free trams from every 20 minutes (from midnight on December 31 to 5am on January 1) between the West End and Edinburgh Airport.
Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams Managing Director, explained:
“Thanks to its famous Hogmanay, Edinburgh is arguably the best place in the world to celebrate the New Year, and the city attracts tens of thousands of visitors from across the globe. The introduction of free night trams for the first time at the turn of 2017 proved a huge success, and we’re delighted to once again be able to help visitors to make the most of a very special night and to enjoy a safe journey home afterwards.”
Charlie Wood & Ed Bartlam, Directors, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said:
“After enjoying the BEST PARTY EVER, revellers will be able to glide home safety with Edinburgh Trams’ free, overnight services. We’re absolutely delighted Edinburgh Trams is again running this service for the thousands of locals and visitors who’ll be attending Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events.”
Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener, said:
“Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the busiest night of the year in the city centre, with over 75,000 people counting down to midnight at our official celebrations alone. After enjoying a fantastic night with us, we want to get everyone home safely. We are thankful for the generous support of Edinburgh Trams, whose hard-working staff will be on duty throughout New Year’s night to help make this happen.”
Produced by Underbelly on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, the celebrations start on December 30 with the Torchlight Procession in the heart of the city before reaching a spectacular climax with a stunning firework display against the historic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle as the bells ring in the New Year. The full programme can be viewed here.
Please note: overnight parking is permitted at Ingliston Park & Ride on Hogmanay.