City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Free Buses Return For Hogmanay Revellers in 2014


By edg - Posted on 10 December 2013

Lorraine Martin from Diageo and Sarah Boyd from Lothian Buses announce free buses at Hogmanay

Many Hogmanay revellers will be able to start 2014 with a free bus ride home or back to their Edinburgh accommodation.

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay have teamed up with booze company Diageo and Lothian Buses to provide the free bus service for the audience at the New Year's celebrations with the free services operating from 00:20am to 04:00am on Tuesday 1 January from the city centre to a range of destinations. Organisers Unique Events and Underbelly said details will be available on the event site.

Some of the 80,000 tickets to the Hogmanay Street Party on 31st December are still available, although the Concert in the Gardens and Keilidh have sold out.

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations are ready to launch 2014, Scotland’s Big Year, to the world. Last year the Hogmanay free transport helped nearly 20,000 revellers make their way home across Edinburgh quickly and safely and we would like to thank Lothian Buses and Diageo for providing this invaluable service to our partygoers.”

This is the second year that Diageo have been involved in supporting the free service. 

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Lorraine Martin said: “We fully endorse the responsible drinking approach and with something like 20 services leaving from eight departure points every 15, 20 and 30 minutes after midnight until 4.00am, we are expecting the free buses to be a useful and reassuring part of another memorable Edinburgh Hogmanay experience."