Edinburgh is a very easy city to get to, with the option of train to Waverly station, flights to Edinburgh Airport or car via the east coast motorways. We’ve listed some of the options when you get to Edinburgh below. For further details on how to get to the campus, see the interactive map on the Heriot-Watt web site
Local Travel from Edinburgh to the Campus
The main bus provider is Lothian Transport, with their distinct maroon livery. Three services run on a regular service through Princes Street direct to the campus. There is a standard single fare of £1.70 but you will need the exact change payable on entry. As yet these buses don’t have debit card facilities. Journey times can range from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the traffic. Special bus lanes active in the morning and evening ensure bus journeys are quicker than by car.
Black cab taxi ranks are dotted around the city. City Cabs , Central Taxisor Capital Cabsare the major operators in the city. Taxi ranks are located outside the railway station, at the west and east ends or Princes Street. Typical cost for a campus to city central is abut £15-£20. The three cab companies offer card payment, online booking via website or their own apps. Taxi’s can use the bus lanes so they are the quickest way into the city.
Travel To Edinburgh
As we’ve said, Edinburgh is an easy city to get to. You have the choice of arriving at Edinburgh Waverly stain station, Edinburgh Airport, or by road.
Edinburgh Waverly station is the main railway station, with trains running on both east and west coast main lines. Journey times vary of course but typical London to Edinburgh takes 4 to 5 hrs. The conference kicks off at 2pm on the 8th so anyone from London should be able to make the morning session.
Airport & Trams
The campus is on the same side of the city as the airport, and in theory only about 5-10 minutes away by taxi. There are no direct public transport links to the campus, so you have the choice of taking a taxi or taking the tram or airport express bus into the city center then one of the local buses out to the campus. Tram fare is the same as the buses £1.70 per journey. Be warned that a trip to/from the airport is around £7.00. Airport buses will charge extra.