Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Travel sustainably

Learn about the benefits of walking and cycling around campus, as well as other ways to travel sustainably further afield. Practically all modes of travel apart from walking and cycling depend on fossil fuels, meaning that the way we choose to travel can have a big impact on the environment.


Travelling in Edinburgh

Transport guides

Walk to university

Regular walking can improve your health, save you money and reduce your impact on the environment.           

Learn more about walking at the University

Get a bike

Cycling is a cheap, quick, and healthy way to get around. Local bike shops offer refurbished bikes for a low cost, and overall cycling is cheaper than taking the bus and much faster than talking.

The University provides lots of support, including training, free showers, tool kits, Dr. Bike maintenance and secure stores.

Learn more about cycling at the University

Hire a bike with Just Eat Cycles

Edinburgh has over 66 bike hire stations around the city, including key University locations like Bristo Square and Kings Buildings. To start using the bikes, all you need to do is download the app and buy a single trip, day subscription or annual membership. Just Eat Cycles bikes can be hired and returned to any cycle hire point at any time, with the closest available hire points shown in the app. 

Find out more about how Just Eat Cycles works and University discounts

Visit the Just Eat Cycles website

Getting to Kings Buildings from the Central Area

Active travel is the best way to get from Central to Kings Buildings but if you are not able to, there is a University shuttle bus in operation. Cycling can often be faster than getting the bus.

Find out about the shuttle bus to Kings Buildings

Travelling further

Travelling by bus and train is by far the most sustainable way to travel outside Edinburgh. It’s always a good idea to check online route planning tools before you book your travel to see what options are available.

If you’re travelling on behalf of the University, your School may offer advice about the best way to travel, or book on your behalf. If you want advice about travelling for business, see our page for staff.

Travelling for Business 

If you’re travelling for a trip that’s not on behalf of the University, it’s up to you to decide how you want to travel.

Flights are one of the biggest causes of climate change, so if you want to help you should try to avoid flying whenever you can. It’s not much quicker to fly to London versus taking the train, but it is also 5 times worse for the environment.

If you want to go to mainland Europe, you could look at some of the following options:

  • A train to Newcastle and then a ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam
  • A train to London and then a Eurostar from London to Paris, Lille, Brussels or Amsterdam
  • A train followed by a ferry from Hull or Harwich to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge
  • You can get a bus to London and then onwards to lots of continental European destinations (this is the slowest but cheapest option!)

National Rail Enquiries

If you’re travelling to a few countries look at InterRail passes, which can be cheaper than individual rail tickets.

You can get advice about rail travel to Europe from:

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