Travelling to Edinburgh

Edinburgh has its own international airport which is just 8 miles from the city centre. The second closest is in Glasgow. Edinburgh International Airport is well located with great transport connections into the city and is handy if you plan to enjoy the rest of the UK or Europe during your time away from home.

As with all flights you should ensure you have your essentials in your hand luggage including:

  • Passport and flight information
  • Any medication and related documentation
  • A copy of your accommodation contract (especially if you are from outside the EU)
  • Visa and related documents (if you are from outside the EU).

Travelling from the airport to the city centre is straightforward. You can get the Airlink bus (Service 100) which takes around 25 minutes or you can get the tram, which takes around 35 minutes. Taxis are also readily available and cost around £20 to Pollock Halls student accommodation. 

Travelling within Edinburgh

Once in Edinburgh, you’ll benefit from being able to get from A to B on foot most of the time but the public transport system is easy to understand and well provisioned. 


Edinburgh has a network of local bus services mainly run by Lothian Buses and First Buses. Lothian Buses operate a standard rate of £1.60 for any single journey. They also offer a value day ticket which allows you to travel to and from as many places as you like around the city, including travel on the city’s trams, to all stops except Edinburgh Airport. There is also a sightseeing bus so you can enjoy a guided tour of the city.


Edinburgh has a new tram network which takes you all the way from Edinburgh Airport to York Place right in the centre of the city. There are 15 tram stops on the route so you can explore the city at your own pace, with a day ticket (£4.00) ensuring you can get on and off as you please. Single ticket fares cost between £1.50 and £5.00.