Travelling to Edinburgh Airport by bus

Edinburgh airport is approximately 8 miles west of the city centre. There are a number of buses which travel between the airport and the University.

Bus routes between Edinburgh airport and University of Edinburgh sites

Airlink is the quickest way to travel between the airport and the city centre. The University's Central Area is just a short walk from its terminus in the city centre, and other sites are well connected from there by bus.

Airlink - Edinburgh airport to the city centre

RouteEdinburgh city centre (Waverley Bridge) to Edinburgh airport
StopsTo/from the city centre: Waverley Bridge (outside Edinburgh Waverley Train Station)
To/from the airport: Stances 3 and 4
FrequencyEvery 10 minutes
Duration30 minutes
Days7 days a week
TicketingA single adult ticket on Airlink is £3.50. A return adult ticket is £6.00. Tickets can be bought on board the bus. Lothian Buses Ridacards and Scottish National Concession passes can be used on Airlink. City singles and Day tickets are not valid on Airlink.

Lothian Buses Service 35 - Edinburgh airport to Ocean Terminal (Leith) via the city centre

Service 35 offers a direct link from the airport through the heart of the University's Central Area. Note that this services takes 30 minutes longer to travel between the city centre and the airport, and it may actually be faster to travel by Airlink.

RouteEdinburgh airport to Ocean Terminal (Leith) via the City Centre
StopsTo/from the University: Central Area of the University at Chambers Street and Forest Road
To/from the airport: Stance 6
FrequencyEvery 15 minutes
Duration1 hour between the airport and the Central Area of the University
Days7 days a week
TicketingA single adult ticket costs £1.20. Tickets can be bought on board the bus. The correct change is required to pay the fare.

Lothian Buses Night Bus N22 - Edinburgh Airport to the city centre

RouteAirport - Ocean Terminal (via Edinburgh City Centre at Waverley Steps)
StopsTo/from the city centre: Waverley Steps outside Edinburgh Waverley Train Station
To/from the airport: Stances 3 and 4
FrequencyEvery 30 minutes
DurationApproximately 30 minutes
Days7 days a week
TicketingAn adult fare is £3.00 for all night travel and with a valid riadacard the fare is £1.50.

Planning your bus journey

To plan your journey to the University, try using the Traveline Scotland journey planner. By entering information about where you are travelling from and to, you will be provided with a detailed plan of how to make your journey by any form of public transport. Just follow this simple two step process:

  1. If you do not already know the address of the building you are going to, look at the University campus maps to find the postcode or street address of your destination.
  1. Enter the postcode or street of where you are travelling from and enter your destination into the Traveline Scotland journey planner.
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