Transport & Parking

Travelling to the Central Area by bus

The Central Area is located on the south side of the city centre and is extremely well served by bus.

Buses from all over the city travel to the Central Area of the University. The University also provides a shuttle bus for staff and students between the Central Area and the King's Buildings. The majority of buses are operated by Lothian Buses.

Plan your bus journey

Real time bus information at bus stops

Up to the minute "real time" bus timetable information is now available at bus stops across the city. Information panels provided next to each bus stop let you know when the next bus services will be arriving, or if there has been a delay.


Do you want to know when the next bus is coming?

You can download the BusTracker application for your iPhone or android phone which will allow you to quickly check your bus times at home, at work or whilst on the move!


BusTracker allows you to see up to the minute information on the bus you would like to catch and also when your bus will arrive at the bus stop. You can check online or on your phone.

BusTracker is only available for Lothian Buses and East Lothian Buses services.

Traveline Scotland journey planner

To plan your journey to the Central Area of the University, try using the Traveline Scotland journey planner. You can find out the postcode of the building you are travelling to by looking at Campus maps.

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.

Traveline Scotland journey planner

Central Area to the King's Buildings Shuttle Bus

The University provides a free shuttle bus service for staff and students who need to travel between the Central Area, Summerhall and the King's Buildings during term time.

Airport buses

Airlink shuttle buses run frequently throughout the day and night seven days a week between the city centre and the Airport.

The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. At the airport, the Airlink bus arrives and departs from Stand 19, just outside the UK arrivals hall.

In Edinburgh city centre, the Airlink bus departs from Waverley Bridge, adjacent to Edinburgh Waverley Train Station.

A single adult ticket on the Airlink is £4.50. A return adult ticket is £7.50. Tickets can be bought on board the bus.

Lothian Buses Ridacards and Scottish National Concession passes can be used on Airlink.

Night buses

Night buses are run in the City Centre, as well as into East Lothian and Midlothian. Night Buses follow much of the same route as their daytime counterparts and therefore many areas are served by buses 24 hours a day. More information is available from Lothian Buses.

Night buses

Bus fares

Across Edinburgh City centre, with the exception of the Airlink bus, you can purchase a single adult ticket at a cost of £1.60 when you board the bus.

The correct change is required to pay for your fare when boarding the bus.

A range of day tickets, multi journey tickets and pre paid tickets are also available directly from bus operators.


One-Ticket is a season ticket for use with the different public transport operators across Edinburgh. With One-Ticket, you get 'unlimited' travel by bus and train in East Central Scotland.