20th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2011) Edinburgh, Scotland, August 24-26, 2011

Getting to Edinburgh


Edinburgh has its own airport which offers direct flights to USA / Europe and flights to Australia and many other destinations via International Hubs. There are 3 other airports which are also accessible, namely Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick and Newcastle. Flights are available from a number of UK/Ireland cities:

The figure below taking from Edinburgh Airports website (www.edinburghairport.com) show the flights available into Edinburgh from Mainland Europe and USA:
The airport is on the west side of the city, just three miles from the Edinburgh Campus. The journey by taxi takes about 10 minutes. Alternatively, Lothian Buses runs the Airlink service, an express bus that links the airport and the city centre in about 30 minutes.

The following airports which are also within a couple of hours drive from Edinburgh are also available:
Glasgow Airport website: www.glasgowairport.com
Glasgow Prestwick Airport website: gpia.co.uk
Newcastle Airport Website: newcastleairport.com

Directions To The Post Graduate Centre on the Heriot Watt Campus

For a map of the Heriot Watt Edinburgh Campus , click on this link. The conference will take place in the Post Graduate Centre and the adjacent Earl Mountbatten Building on the Boundary Road at Gait 2 of the Edinburgh Campus, which is located about 6 miles from the City Centre. Below are directions on how to reach us.


The Edinburgh Campus is easy to access by car from the centre of Edinburgh and from all major routes leading to the city. The University is half a mile from the Calder Junction (which is half a mile from the main exit of the airport) of the A720 City of Edinburgh by-pass and the A71, and you'll see signs for Heriot-Watt University on your approach.

Visitor Parking

You can find the location of the visitor car parks on the map of the Edinburgh Campus. All visitors are to use car parks A, B, or C, and walk to their destination. Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to the Centre for Sports and Exercise. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the Edinburgh Campus. You can make arrangements in advance to ensure an accessible parking space is reserved for you.


All national coach services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew Square bus station, at the east end of Princes Street. Timetables can be found on the Citylink and National Express websites. The journey to the Edinburgh Campus by local bus takes about 30-40 minutes from the city centre, depending on what time of day you're travelling.

Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 45 and N25 (night bus) to the Edinburgh Campus. Service 25 is the most frequent, leaving the city centre every 15 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes after 8.00pm.


There are cycle routes to the Edinburgh Campus from the city centre, Edinburgh Park and the west. These either follow the main roads or the cycle paths along the Forth & Clyde canal.


Taxis in Edinburgh can be an expensive method of getting about however ISD 2011 are delighted to recommend Edinburgh City Private Hire (ECPH) as the best form of local taxi service. Please check out the Taxi tab for further information.


The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh well. Edinburgh Waverley is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket Station is at the west end. Curriehill Station, one mile from the University, offers a frequent service to Edinburgh Waverley and a service to Glasgow Central Station. Rail timetables can be found on the National Rail website.

More Information

Find out more about getting around Edinburgh. Use our detailed Edinburgh Campus map to help you find your way around the buildings on campus.


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