Getting to Edinburgh

Edinburgh has excellent transport links both by plane and by rail.

By plane

Edinburgh airport is located 5 miles west of the city centre, and there are good public transport links into the city centre.

  • Bus service "Airlink 100" leaves from just outside the main airport building, and travels right into the city. Getting off at Waverly train station (the drop-off point is the junction of Market St and Cockburn St) places you within 10-15 minutes walk of the main venue at George Square. Tickets cost £7.50 for an open return, and can be purchased at the airport kiosk. Travel time is 20 ~ 25 minutes.
  • The new Edinburgh Tram line follows a similar route to the shuttle bus listed above, and is (usually) slightly faster. The tram station is very close to the main airport building, and is clearly signposted. Buy your ticket from the ticket machine at the tram station before getting onto the tram.

By train

Waverley train station is located in the centre of the city, close to the Old Town and conference venues. There are regular services to London King's Cross on the East Coast mainline, and other major UK cities via connecting routes.


We are recommending the following hotels, which are within a 15 minute walk from the main conference venue.

The University has some cheaper accommodation, such as Pollock Halls, which can be checked here. Some of the room are only available until Friday 8th Sept (departure). Although the Edinburgh Festival will have finished the week before, it is advisable that you book accommodation as early as possible.

General Information

You must have a valid passport with or without visa, depending on your nationality; check with your country’s Embassy. The currency in Scotland is the Pound Sterling. Both English and various Scottish notes are accepted. Electricity in Scotland is 230V at 50Hz, with 3 pin type G plugs being the standard.