Practical information

Getting to Edinburgh and getting around

About Edinburgh

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.

Airport

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.

Trains

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.  

Buses

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

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).

Maps

Edinburgh City Centre – Princes Street (main thoroughfare)

Accommodation

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:

***All distances calculated in Google Maps.

VENUE: Teviot Row House Student Union. 

Address. 13 Bristo Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ, UK

 

 

General information

  • 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.