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.
Transport for Edinburgh App
Do you want to know when the next bus is coming?
You can download the Transport for Edinburgh App for your smartphone phone which will allow you to quickly check your bus times at home, at work or whilst on the move!
The App 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 buses operated by the Lothian Group and Edinburgh Trams.
Departs Waverley Bridge (adjacent to Edinburgh Waverley Train Station) at least every 10 minutes between 04:00 and midnight.
Departs Edinburgh Airport, Bus Stop D at least every 10 minutes between 04:30 and 01:00.
The journey takes approximately 25 minutes.
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.
Lothian Buses run three additional bus services to the airport.
200 - Departs Ocean Terminal, in the north of the city, up to every 30 minutes between 04:10 and 23:15. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes between 04:55 and midnight.
300 - Departs Cameron Toll, in the west of the city, up to every 20 minutes between 04:52 and 22:11. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 20 minutes between early morning and 23:10.
400 - Departs Fort Kinnaird, in the south of the city, up to every 30 minutes between early morning and 20:20. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes between early morning and 21:35.
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.
Across Edinburgh City centre, with the exception of the Airlink bus, you can purchase a single adult ticket at a cost of £1.80 when you board the bus. The correct change is required.
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.
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.