Open Streets

Traffic and travel to Open Streets

The following streets will be closed to motorised traffic, including cars, vans, motorbikes and buses between 12pm and 5pm during Open Street days.

  • Blackfriars Street between High Street and New Skinner’s Close
  • Canongate between St Mary/Jeffrey Street and the west side of Reid’s Close
  • Cockburn Street 
  • Cranston Street 
  • Grassmarket - pedestrian zone between West Bow and King’s Stables Road
  • High Street 
  • Lawnmarket 
  • New Street 
  • Niddry Street 
  • Old Tolbooth Wynd 
  • St Giles’ Street 
  • Victoria Street 
  • West Bow

Bus diversion

The 35 Lothian Buses bus will be diverted during this time. The diversion route is via North Bridge/Waterloo Place/Regent Road/Easter Road. All other bus routes in the area are unaffected. Further information is available from Lothian Buses .

Information for people with disabilities

Blue badge holders will be able to access the area and events staff at the closure barriers will assist you to find a parking space. 

Open Streets wants to ensure that taxi operators can meet the needs of customers during the closure period too.  The team are fully committed to facilitating access for people with a disability and want to help identify options that will work safely on arrival. 


The main public transport and vehicle access routes that cross over the area will all remain open and help ensure that residents, visitors and workers will not be restricted in their plans. These routes include George IV Bridge to the Mound, North and South Bridges; the Pleasance, St Mary’s Street and Jeffery Street. 

Where possible, we would suggest to residents that they plan their car use to minimise the movement of vehicles in the car free streets. We realise that there may be circumstances where this may not be possible, and we can assist in guiding a car out of the area safely to the closure barriers. 

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