Edinburgh trams: Ticket prices confirmed

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The first service will set off from the Gyle shopping centre on 31 May

Ticket prices for Edinburgh's new tram service have been confirmed.

A return ticket between the city centre and Edinburgh Airport will cost £8. The price is 50p more than expected and £1 more than the airport bus.

Single journeys to the airport will cost £5.

A flat fare of £1.50 will apply for all journeys which do not start or end at the airport. Edinburgh's new trams will carry their first paying passengers on Saturday 31 May.

The first service will leave the Gyle shopping centre, bound for the city centre, at 05:00.

The controversial project has seen the construction of a line from Edinburgh Airport to York Place, costing £776m.

Transport for Edinburgh, which oversees the capital's tram and bus services, ran a test of the system using volunteers in March.

It follows six years of building work and problems, including a long-running dispute between the council and its contractor.

An Edinburgh Trams spokeswoman said: "Previously published prices were draft only.

"The finalised fare structure has been set against revenue requirements in line with the business plan."

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