Getting to Edinburgh and getting around
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, a city steeped in history and culture. The historic ‘old town’ boasts many of the city’s most famous tourist sights, such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. In contrast, the ‘new town’ is situated on the North side of the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, which runs the length of Princes Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, overlooked by the castle.
If you have some time to spend in Edinburgh there is much to explore. From the castle and the Royal Mile, to museums, art galleries, stunning architecture, shopping, restaurants, bars and city tours…… explore the Visit Scotland website for more information.
Edinburgh is served by Edinburgh Airport, located approximately 8 miles (13 km) from the city centre and the conference venue. From the airport, there are regular buses and trams into the city centre, approximately a 30 minute journey.
There is a 24-hour taxi rank at the airport – there’s no need to pre-book but you can do so if preferred. A taxi from the airport to the city centre will typically take around 25 minutes and cost approximately £20-25.
Click here for more information about the transport links to and from the airport.
The two main train stations in the city centre are Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket. Edinburgh Waverley is located at the East end of Princes Street, the main street in the city centre, stretching around 1 mile and overlooked by the spectacular Edinburgh Castle.
See the National Rail website for train travel information.
Edinburgh has a very good bus service, which is relatively easy to navigate as the majority of buses go close to or via Princes Street. The main bus company is Lothian Region Transport (LRT), a single journey costs £1.60 regardless of the distance, and a day-ticket costs £4.00, allowing unlimited journeys on LRT buses all day.
NB: exact money is required, the drivers don’t give change.
Taxis can easily be hailed in the streets (they can be identified by their black colour and yellow ‘taxi' sign), or in areas reserved for them. They are a reliable way to get around the city, but more expensive than public transport (daytime fares are around 6-7 GBP for a three-kilometre fare in the city centre with a premium of 30 to 50% at night time).
Please note that all hotel bookings must be arranged by participants themselves. There's a wide variety of accommodation in Edinburgh and you'll find a good range of living options at the following list:
- Apex Grassmarket - 8 minutes walk to the venue
- Ibis Edinburgh Central, Royal Mile – Hunter Square - 10 minutes walt to to the venue
- Ibis Centre South Bridge - 8 minutes walk to the venue
- Jurys Inn – Jeffrey Street - 8 minutes walk to the venue
- Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile - 15 minutes walk to the venue
- MacDonald Holyrood - 15 minutes walk to the venue
- Premier Inn – Edinburgh Central – Lauriston Place - 14 minutes walk to the venue
- Travelodge – Edinburgh Central – St Mary’s Street -12 minutes walt to to the venue
- Motel One – Market Street -15 minutes walk to the venue
- Royal Mile Backpackers - 11 minutes walt to to the venue
- High Street Hostel -11 minutes walt to to the venue
- Fountain Court Apartments – serviced apartments in 8 central locations
***All distances calculated in Google Maps.
- Calls to Edinburgh: 00 44+ phone number
- Climate and Weather in Edinburgh: In the month of October, temperature is ranging from 8°C (46°F) to 14°C (57°F)
- Electricity and plugs: Feature 3 exits and a voltage: 230 V, a 50 Hz frequency and Type G power plugs
- Currency: GBP (Pound Sterling)
Tipping: In Scotland, tipping is only common in restaurants, where one generally tips 10% to 15% of the restaurant bill. In bars and taxis, tipping is not expected.