Traveling to Edinburgh


  • By Air - Edinburgh has its own international airport about eight miles west of the city centre. The airport is served from several major European hubs by the relevant national airlines (notably London Heathrow by British Airways, Paris CDG by Air France, Frankfurt by Lufthansa and Amsterdam by KLM) as well as a number of European regional airports by a variety of budget airlines. The main direct flight to the US is to Newark, currently operated by United Airlines. Full list of destinations. The airport is fairly small - only one terminal - and queues usually move fairly quickly, although obviously we can make no guarantees about this. Taxis and buses depart from outside the arrivals area. A taxi is probably the best option if you are encumbered by luggage - a taxi to the city centre will cost around £25. The Airlink 100 (to the centre) or 300 (to the Kings Building area) bus service are fast, frequent and inexpensive: Airlink fares and stops informtion. Note, the 300 bus is currently not stopping at the Cameron Toll stop. A return ticket has indefinite validity. The current cost can be found here. The Edinburgh tram also departs from the Airport and will get you to the city centre. The current fares can be found here.

  • By Rail - The main station is Edinburgh Waverley, right in the middle of the city centre. Edinburgh can be reached from London Kings Cross on the East Coast Mainline in 4.5-5 hours. Timetable and ticket information.

  • By Car - If you have a sat-nav, use the postcode EH9 3FD to get directions to JCMB, and EH9 3HJ to the RoE. You can also use a service such as Google Maps to get directions.

  • Everyday travel: If you are traveling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Lothian Buses ( run frequent services throughout the city. It offers a day ticket with unlimited travel in and around Edinburgh. The convenient way to pay is via contactless payments with cards ( If you are paying in cash, you will need to present the exact change on all Lothian Bus services. The easiest way to access the bus routes and timings is by downloading the app:

For more information, please visit here on the University of Edinburgh conference and events website.

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