Travel safe

Billboard at Edinburgh Airport reads 'Let's all flysafe' below 'Welcome to Edinburgh' sign



We are welcoming students both locally and internationally back to our Scottish-based campuses from 7 September 2020 onwards. We are working closely with Scottish Government, Edinburgh Airport and a number of international services and governments to help you get to and from campus safely, wherever in the world you are coming from.


Student Quarantine advice on arrival

Travelling by

  • Plane: Partnered with Edinburgh Airport for the #LetsFlySafe campaign to ensure the safety of students travelling across borders. More details on getting from Edinburgh Airport to campus will be shared here soon.
  • Bus: Buses to the Edinburgh campus will continue and increase their services; dropping you direct from the city to main reception in 20 minutes.
  • Bike: A cycling friendly campus with Bike Bothy to rent bikes, bike shelters to look after your own, Just Eat Cycle hire points and networks to cycle from city centre without using the main road.
  • Other: All Transportation in the Edinburgh, Galashiels and Orkney area, including Trains, Taxis and Trams have increased their services in line with travel safety guidelines. In order to

Read the government advice to travel safely.

Face coverings travelling to and from Campus

The University follows the Scottish Government Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings.  A face covering must be worn by all passengers and staff or operators in the following settings:

  • train services including the Glasgow subway
  • bus services and the Edinburgh tram
  • taxi and private hire vehicles
  • bus stations, railway stations (including open air stations) and airports
  • ferry services (unless the ferry is open to the elements and physical distancing can be achieved, or the vessel is large enough that physical distancing can be achieved)
  • airline services

If necessary, the police have enforcement powers including issuing fines of £60 (halving to £30 if paid within 28 days) if members of the public do not comply with this law without a reasonable excuse

Travelling by bus to and from our Edinburgh campus

Updated details of Lothian bus services and timetables from Sunday 13 September. This includes all information for Heriot-Watt services 25, 34, 35, 45 & N25. A pdf map details the revised routes for services 35 and 45 through the campus.

Visit Lothian Buses Student Portal for further information. 

The 63 service has transferred to First, and is extended to Balerno. First have published the timetable on their website.

Travelling to our Orkney campus

For applicants who have an unconditional firm offer and are planning on travelling to Orkney for postgraduate study, you may find the following links helpful in assisting you with your travel arrangements as you plan your journey. 

Please note that Northlink operate a service from Aberdeen-Kirkwall (a 6 hour crossing) and another route from Scrabster in Thurso to Stromness (90 minute crossing). It is important that you book in advance and adhere to the Coronavirus guidelines stated on the Northlink website.

Additionally, there are regular flights leaving Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen which fly direct to Kirkwall in Orkney. Please check out these links for further information:

If you are planning on coming to Orkney and are from a country on the quarantine list, then you will require to quarantine for 14 days due to Covid-19. As it is likely that you will arrive directly to Orkney (eg your incoming flight will arrive likely in Edinburgh or Glasgow or London,) then it makes sense for you to quarantine in your first UK arrival destination for 14 days before coming to Orkney, although this may vary depending on your circumstances.  If you are an overseas student, the Admissions team will have been in touch about your CAS and VISA. Please ensure you leave plenty time to get this in order before leaving your home country. 

We look forward to seeing you! Stay safe, and don’t forget we are here to support you, every step of the way.