Getting to Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt
It's easy to get to Edinburgh!
International Airport is served by scheduled national and
international flights. The airport is on the west of the city,
just three miles from the campus. The journey by taxi takes
about 10 minutes and a regular bus service links the airport
and the city centre.
The main hubs with good connections to
Edinburgh are Amsterdam (used by KLM/Northwest as a hub),
London Heathrow (British
Airways and Virgin) and Brussels
(SN Brussels). Alternatively
you can travel to Glasgow
(some more flights including some direct links to US) or
Manchester (further but more flights) and travel on by rail or
hired car. There is great competition on European air routes,
particularly for Edinburgh/London, it is worth shopping
around. Rail fares are not always cheaper than flights.
From Edinburgh international airport, the easiest is to
take a taxi to the school site at Heriot-Watt University.
Just ask the taxi driver to drop you at Heriot-Watt
University, James-Watt centre. At James-Watt centre the
reception is open 24 hours a day. The reception will direct
you to your room (which will be around 3 minutes walk from the
reception) and will give you a campus map directing you to the
school site where the lectures take place. The taxi from the
airport to Heriot-Watt James-Watt centre costs around 10
pounds and takes around ten minutes.
Instead of taking a taxi, you can take a bus from the
airport to the city centre (cost around 4 pounds and takes
around 45 minutes) and then a bus from the city centre to
Heriot-Watt University James-Watt centre (cost 1 pound and
takes around 30-45 minutes). See city centre bus details
flying from and to Glasgow
Prestwick International Airport received an 1/2 price rail
travel to Edinburgh with First
Scotrail. Two train journeys (Preswick Intl Airport -
Glagow Central, Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh Waverly) link
Edinburgh to Prestwick International Airport.
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. Situated one mile from the Edinburgh Campus. GNER which provides high
speed inter-city train services along Britain's East Coast
main line linking Edinburgh to England and North East Scotland
along a route of almost 1,000 miles. Moreover, the West Coast
main line connects Edinburgh with the west of England
including the Lake District, Chester and Bath. Train services
linking Edinburgh to destinations throughout Scotland are
provided by First Scotrail.
Lothian Buses 25
and N25 routes link Waverly and Haymarket stations to
Heriot-Watt University Campus.
All national coach
services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew Square bus station,
situated at the east end of Princes Street. For more
information try Citylink and National Express.
route 25, N25 and 34 link St Andrew Square to Heriot-Watt
Traffic reports and car route planning are available from
To Heriot-Watt By Local Bus from City Centre
Services 25, 34, 45 and N25 serve Heriot-Watt
University. The journey to Heriot-Watt University by bus
takes approximately 30 mins from the city centre.
The 25 departs from Princes Street (Waverley
Steps) via Haymarket, Gorgie Road and Sighthill. The 25 is the
most frequent bus to the Edinburgh Campus, leaving the city at
least every 10 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes after
19:00 Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes from 8:00 until
23:00 on Sunday. The 25 runs until midnight, after which
Lothian Buses operate Night Service N25 to the Edinburgh
Campus from Princes Street (Waverly Steps) via Haymarket,
Gorgie and Sighthill. The N25 operates hourly Monday to Friday
mornings from 00:15 to 4:15 and every 30 mins on Saturday and
Sunday mornings from 00:15 to 4:15
34 runs every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday during the day and
every 30 minutes in the evenings and on Sundays.
The 45 departs from St Andrew Square via the
Mound, Tollcross, Bruntsfield, Colinton and Currie. The 45
leaves the city every 30 minutes, Monday to Friday only, from
06:30 to 18:30.
Bus service schedules
are subject to change and enquiries should be directed to the
two main companies, Lothian Buses and First
There is an ongoing Lothian Buses
Industrial Action from 17 July 2005, information are available
Buses Service Changes web page.
Update (August 5th): Strike action
due to commence on Wednesday 10 August has been suspended
until further notice. A Saturday service will continue to
operate from Monday 8 August until Friday 12 August with extra
buses (especially at peak times). In addition, 20 & X47
will run a holiday service, and 45 will run a normal
Monday to Friday service. From Saturday 13 August, full
normal service will resume.
Update (August 3rd):
drivers plan a complete shutdown of Lothian Buses starting
Wednesday, 8 August. If the strike goes ahead, you will still
be able to get to Heriot-Watt for ESSLLI05 using First Buses,
although the service is more limited. Note that Monday and
Tuesday, 8-9 August, Lothian Buses will be operating.
Specifically, buses 27 and 28 on First
Bus Edinburgh serve Hermiston daily. Ask the bus
driver where to get off. From there, there is a short pathway
to the university. This pathway starts in the middle of the
road on top of the campus map,
goes through the wood till the letter O and number 18
The 27/28 buses leave from Waterloo Place
(East End of Princess Street), via Haymarket and Sighthill.
During the week, they run every 15 minutes from 7:45am onward
until about about 6pm, when it becomes every 20 minutes and
then every half hour. See First
Edinburgh for more information.
To Heriot-Watt By Taxi from City Centre
There are a number of taxi services in the
centre of Edinburgh including those at Waverley Station (rail)
and St Andrew Square (coach station). The journey to
Heriot-Watt University takes about 30 minutes. At the
Edinburgh Campus, the taxis can be requested from the
reception desk in the James Watt Centre.