Maps and directions

Our Edinburgh campus is conveniently located just six miles from Edinburgh city centre

It’s easy to reach our campus by car and public transport, whether you’re travelling from elsewhere in Scotland or further afield.

Travelling by plane

Edinburgh Airport is a large international airport with direct flights to many cities including London, Belfast and Birmingham. The easiest way to get to our Edinburgh campus from the airport is by taxi or Uber which takes around 35 minutes. You could also catch a bus or tram from the airport, alight at Haymarket station and get the 25 Lothian bus from Dalry Road directly to campus. This bus takes around 30 minutes and runs every 10 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes after 8pm.

Travelling by train

Edinburgh Waverley is Edinburgh's main train station located in the city centre, with direct trains to many Scottish and English cities. Many journeys will also stop at Haymarket station which is located at the edge of the city centre (closer to campus). The easiest way to get to campus is to hop on the 25 Lothian bus from Princes St (Stop PP) which takes around 30 minutes.

Travelling by bus or coach


A number of Lothian Bus routes service the Edinburgh campus to and from the city centre every 10 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes after 8pm. The journey will take you 30-40 minutes. In Scotland under 22s can apply for free bus travel with the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme.


All National Express coaches arrive at Edinburgh Bus Station  located in the heart of the city centre. This is an affordable way to travel and the option of some overnight services.

Travelling by car

Our Edinburgh Campus is easy to access by car from the centre of Edinburgh and from all major routes leading to the city. The University is half a mile from the Calder Junction off the A720 City of Edinburgh by-pass and the A71, and you'll see signs for Heriot-Watt University on your approach.

  • Students can park in car parks A, B, G, H or J
  • Visitors to the University should use car park A, B, H or J
  • Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to the Centre for Sport & Exercise

A number of electric vehicle charging stations can be found on the Edinburgh campus, for which an RFID card is required to initiate the charge. You can find the location of the car parks or electric charging stations on the map of Edinburgh Campus. Visitor parking is free and additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.

Car Parking

Parking on the Campus is entirely at your own risk and the University accepts no liability or responsibility for any damage caused to vehicles.

Parking on Campus is overseen by the SafeGuarding Team, this includes issuing permits and maintenance of related records.

 It is important to note that the parking rules on Campus are as per the Highway Code e.g., not parking on double yellow lines. If you park outside of any of the designated car parks your vehicle may be stickered, if you have a permit, you may be contacted, and in some circumstances your vehicle may be towed away.

If you rely on a blue badge to park your vehicle, you must display this on your vehicle at all times.

If you have any questions or queries about car parking, please contact the car parking team.

Travelling by bike

There are several safe cycle routes for commuting to campus

Alternatively, plan your journey.

Bicycle parking

There are a number of bicycle racks across campus, look for the bicycle icons on the Campus map to locate the most convenient rack for you.

Disabled Access

Visit our pages on the AccessAble website for details of disabled access features at our Edinburgh Campus. The guides describe your journey into and throughout the campus buildings - accommodation, library, catering, teaching spaces etc - and includes photographs of the features covered.

Your Journey to Edinburgh

Travelling from London

There are multiple direct flights from Stansted Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, and Luton Airport, the average flight time is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

You could also travel by train, reaching Edinburgh from London Kings Cross Station in 4 hours and 30 minutes.​​​​​​

Travelling from Belfast

It's really easy to get from Belfast, with a direct flight getting you to Edinburgh from George Best Belfast City Airport in 50 minutes. You're not restricted on airlines either with flights from Ryanair, easyJet, Aer Lingus or British Airways.

Travelling from Newcastle

You might be surprised at how quickly you can get from Newcastle to Edinburgh. It takes just 1 hour and 30 minutes by train from Newcastle Train Station to Edinburgh Waverley.

Travelling from Manchester

There are regular trains from Manchester Victoria Station or Manchester Piccadilly Station. For many of the direct trains you can choose whether you arrive at Edinburgh Waverely or Haymarket station. You can get here in as short as 3 hours and 15 minutes with most trains taking 4 hours.

Travelling from Liverpool

Reach Edinburgh Waverley station in 3 hours and 30 minutes with direct trains from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Travelling from Birmingham

If you're travelling from Birmingham, it's your choice whether you travel by plane or train. Regular direct flights run from Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh Airport and it takes just 1 hour and 10 minutes. A direct train to Edinburgh Waverley will take you just under 5 hours and you can get on at Birmingham New Street Station or Birmingham International Station (Airport).

 Map of Britain showing travel times from Edinburgh to cities in England


Heriot-Watt University
Lochside Walk
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Key information

Edinburgh Campus