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The best times to drive in Edinburgh

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When and where you drive is entirely up to you. Uber will never tell you to get behind the wheel, but we do try and help you make choices that work for you. Knowing when and where to drive is definitely something you’ll pick up over time. But getting to know the busiest times and places in your area is a great start.

Best days and areas to drive

Weekends are always good times to drive in Edinburgh. Driving on Saturday generally means you make about 11% more than driving Monday-Thursday. If you want to boost your earnings, make the most of the weekend crowds.

The best areas to drive in change depending on the day of the week and the time of day.

Below you’ll find information on some great places to drive if you’re looking to make great earnings. We’ve also highlighted the best times to drive, depending on what day and what time it is.

Monday to Thursday

What time is best to drive?

Weekdays are generally quieter. Yet starting earlier in the day can make all the difference. If you drive between 6am-10am, you generally can earn around 36% more than later in the day (9am-1pm). So if you can get up early, it’s worth it.

What areas are best between 6am and 10am?

  • Edinburgh Airport
  • Old Town Area; Train Station, Royal Mile, Market Street, North-South Bridge
  • Canongate Area; Holyrood Road, Abbeyhill, Abbey Mount
  • New Town; Dundas Street, York Place, Picardy Place, St. Andrew Square
  • Northern New Town Area; Great King St., Northumberland St
  • Newington Area
  • Stockbridge Area; Raeburn Place, Hamilton Place, Cannonmills Area; Inverleith Row, Huntly Street, Eyre Place
  • Broughton Area
  • Abbeyhill Area
  • Leith & Pilton Area
  • Tollcross Area
  • Marchmont Area
  • Polwarth Area
  • West End Area
  • Gorgie and Slateford Area

Friday

What time is best?

The end of the week is usually busy as people start their weekend. If you drive between 11pm-3am on Friday night, you can earn up to 46% more on average (compared with driving between 7pm-11pm).

What areas are best between 11pm and 3am?

  • New Town; Charlotte Square, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Queen Street, George Street, St. Andrews Square, York Place, Leith Walk
  • Old Town; Cowgate, Chambers Street, High Street, Grassmarket, George IV Bridge
  • Tollcross; Lauriston Place, West Port, Gilmore Place

Saturday

What time is best?

It’s not surprising that the weekends are a great time to make money. Edinburgh is full of diners, pub-goers and people partying late into the night. If you drive between 12am-4am on Saturday nights, you can earn up to 91% more on average (compared with driving between 3pm-7pm).

What areas are best between 10pm and 2am?

  • New Town; Charlotte Square, Shandwick Place, Queensferry Street, Queen Street, George Street, Frederick Street, Castle Street, St. Andrews Square, York Place, Leith Walk
  • Old Town; Cowgate, Chambers Street, High Street, Grassmarket, George IV Bridge, Teviot Place

Sunday

What times are best?

Mornings and evenings are great times to drive on Sundays. Try heading out from 7am-11am as you can generally earn 33% more than later in the afternoon.

10pm-2am is another great time to drive. Plenty of people are returning to the city via train stations after weekends away. On average, you can make 33% more than if you started driving at 6pm.

What areas are best to drive in between 7am-11am and 10pm-2am?

  • New Town; Charlotte Square, Shandwick Place, Queensferry Street, Queen Street, George Street, Frederick Street, Castle Street, St. Andrews Square, York Place, Leith Walk
  • Old Town; Grassmarket, Market Street, Cowgate, George IV Bridge, Holyrood Road, South Bridge,
  • Newington Area
  • Tollcross Area
  • West End & Dalry Area

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