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Transport in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an excellent public transport system. Buses and trams are frequent and reliable, and cycling is popular.


The main bus operators in and around Edinburgh are Lothian Buses and First Edinburgh.

Lothian Buses offer different ticket types:

  • Single Fare - £1.70 per journey
  • Day Ticket (unlimited travel for one day) - £4.00
  • Ridacard (unlimited travel for one week - one year)

Lothian Buses also has a contactless payment system, which automatically charges you the cheapest daily fare for the journeys you’ve made. There is a cap of £4 per day.

Airlink Bus

Airlink (Lothian Buses service 100) is a 24 hour express service between Edinburgh Airport and city centre. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.

Lothian Buses - getting to the airport with Airlink 

Skylink Bus

Skylink buses (Lothian Buses service 200, 300 and 400) are three additional buses which go to the airport. 

Lothian Buses- getting to the airport with Skylink

Free campus shuttle bus service Central to Kings Buildings

You may find you have lectures at both central campus and King’s Buildings. If walking, cycling or using a public bus to travel between the two sites is not an option, you can make use of the free shuttle bus service. This service operates Monday – Friday during semester and exam times.

For more information, including the shuttle bus service timetable


Cycling is a popular way for students to get around Edinburgh. Cyclists can use the bus lanes and cycle paths around the city.

Edinburgh has a good network of cycle routes.


Trams link Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. The journey takes around 35 minutes.


Edinburgh's black taxis can be hailed in the street, booked by phone, or found at one of the many central taxi ranks.

Private Hire Cabs must be booked by phone in advance. They must display their taxi licence inside the car on the dashboard and usually on the outside of the car too.


The main train station in Edinburgh is Waverley Station. You can buy tickets, make reservations and get travel information at the Edinburgh Rail Travel Centre in Waverley station.

Fare and timetable information is available online or you can phone the National Rail Enquiry Service (0845 748 4950).