Transport & Parking

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.

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 which will allow you to quickly check your bus times at home, at work or whilst on the move!

Transport for Edinburgh App

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.

Airport buses

Airlink 100

The Airlink 100 is the express bus service to/from the Airport. The journey takes approximately 25-30 minutes. 

It runs every 10 minutes from 04:00 to midnight, and every 30 minutes between midnight and 04:00.

The route runs from South St David Street (next to Waverley Station / Princess Street) to Airport Bus Stop D.

Skylink 200 and 400 

Lothian Buses run two additional bus services to the airport. 

200 - Departs Ocean Terminal, in the north of the city, up to every 30 minutes between 03:10 and 23:15. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes between 04:55 and midnight.

400 - Departs Fort Kinnaird, in the south of the city, up to every 30 minutes between 04:15 and 22:00. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes between 05:35 and 22:35. 


A single adult ticket on Airlink/Skylink buses is £5.50. A return adult ticket is £8. 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 Airport services) you can purchase a single adult ticket at a cost of £2 when you board the bus. The correct change is required if paying by cash.

Lothian Buses has a contactless payment system, which automatically charges you the cheapest daily or weekly fare for the journeys you’ve made. There is a cap of £4.80 per day, or £22 per week.

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.