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Edinburgh, 14 to 16 April 2016
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Getting in and around Edinburgh

Note: Transportation information for the individual conference venues can be found here.

All of our conference venues and hotels are within walking distance of each other.

Details of the local transportation options and how to travel from airport and train station can be found below:-

From the Airport:
Buses into Edinburgh
Bus timetables are available at Edinburgh Airport from the Onward Travel points in Domestic and International Arrivals.

Airlink 100 (Stop D)
This express bus service runs from the airport to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations).

Buy tickets in advance online, from the airport information desk, at the bus stop, or from the driver.

 - Frequency: Every 10 minutes.
 - Journey time: 30 minutes approximately (Waverley Bridge).

Night bus N22 (Stop D)
This service runs from the airport via South Gyle to the city centre and on to Ocean Terminal in Leith between 00:45 and 04:15, seven nights a week.

 - Frequency: Every 30 minutes.
 - Journey time: 28 minutes (Waverley Steps).

Visit the Lothian night buses website

Service 35 (Stop F)
This Lothian Buses service runs to the city centre and on to Leith, the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Buses run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.

 - Frequency: Every 15 minutes.
 - Journey time: About an hour depending on traffic (Holyrood).

Fare: Single £1.50, DAYticket £4.00 (reductions for children).
Visit the Lothian Buses website.

Trams offer a frequent and reliable service linking the airport and the city centre.

Full details can be found on the Edinburgh Trams website.
- Frequency: approximately every 8-12 minutes
 - Journey time: average journey time 35 minutes
Fare: Adult single £5, adult return £8 (reductions for children)

Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at the tram halt.

Taxis and private hire vehicles are located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park opposite the main terminal building.

Official Airport taxis
City Cabs provide "Black Cabs" which do not need to be pre-booked and can seat 5-6 people with modest amounts of luggage.

Private Hire Vehicles
To travel in a Private Hire vehicle you must pre book your vehicle. This can be done quickly at the Edinburgh City Private Hire office on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park. Groups of up to 8 people can be accommodated.

A journey to the city centre typically takes about 25 minutes.

Taxis travelling to the airport can either drop passengers off in the chargeable or free drop off areas. The chargeable drop off provides a convenient and quick covered link to the Terminal whilst the free drop-off is located at the Long Stay car park and requires a 5 minute free bus journey to the terminal. There are regular bus services between the free drop off and Terminal.

Arrival by train:
Waverley Station
Edinburgh's central train station is Waverley Station. It is located at the east end of Princes Street. All the conference hotels are within walking distance. However, delegates may prefer to take a taxi from the rank on Market Street or a bus from Princes Street.






Getting Around the City:


Edinburgh has an extensive and award winning bus network serving all the conference venues and hotels.


Many of the services are run by Lothian Buses. Timetables and maps of their services can be found here.



































Edinburgh's tram line runs from the east end of the City Centre to the airport. It offers limited access to the conference venues. Delegates will likely find other forms of transport more efficient for intra-city travel.


Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at tram halts.


Further details can be found on the Edinburgh Trams website.






More information:

For general information on Scottish public transport, visit the Traveline Scotland website.


There are two types of taxis in Edinburgh.


Traditional "Black Cabs" and Private Hire Vehicles. Black cabs do not need to be pre-booked and can seat 5-6 people with modest amounts of luggage.


Private Hire vehicles must be pre-booked and can accommodate up to 8 passengers and luggage.


Both types of vehicle are available 24 hours a day.


Black Cabs Companies


City Cabs Ltd

0131 228 1211


Central Taxis

0131 229 2468


Private Hire Companies


Capital Cars

0131 777 7777


Edinburgh City Private Hire Ltd

0131 555 5555