Organise your trip

Getting to The University of Edinburgh is easy with two major railway stations, an airport providing UK and international flights to Edinburgh and an extensive road network.

By air 

The airport is about 12km from the city centre. The 30-minute journey can be easily made using the frequent airport bus or tram services, or by taxi.

Edinburgh International Airport

Airlink airport buses

Edinburgh Trams

By train

By train

Edinburgh’s two major railway stations, Waverley and Haymarket, operate regular services to other parts of Scotland and the UK on a frequent basis.

Virgin Trains East Coast provide links from Edinburgh to London, Newcastle, York, Leeds and Aberdeen.  Rail travellers can travel to London in approximately five hours.

Virgin Rail operates a service on the west coast to London via Lockerbie, Preston, Birmingham and Coventry.

Caledonian Sleeper is a popular overnight service operating between Edinburgh and London (Euston) every night (except Saturday). With a range of accommodation types, guests can wake up in Edinburgh refreshed and ready to start their day. For more information and to book visit

Scotrail operates a full schedule of trains throughout Scotland. Visit Scotrail’s website for full details.

Other useful links:

National Rail Enquiries
Traveline Scotland

By coach

By coach

If you are travelling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here is easy with regular bus services from all major UK cities.

Buses and coaches arrive at St Andrews Square bus station in Edinburgh's city centre.

By car

By car

Travel times by road are less than you might think. From the south: Birmingham is about 5 hours away; Manchester and York, 3 hours; Newcastle, 2 hours. From the north: Inverness is about 3 hours away; Aberdeen, 2 hours.

Route information for drivers can be found on the RAC or AA websites.

RAC Route Planner

AA Route Planner

Parking within the King's Buildings campus requires a permit. Find more information here
The parking restrictions on Mayfield Road are potentially expensive, so it is recommended you park in one of the side streets off Mayfield Road, such as Ross Road or Hallhead Road.


Parking on Campus

Parking in University car parks is by permit only. All staff, students, visitors and contractors are required to pay to park in University car parks. Strict Parking Regulations apply.

For more information visit their website here:

If you require any assistance planning your journey, please e-mail stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.

Key dates

  • Registration deadline:
    4 January 2018