Plan your journey

lothian bus travelling

There are a variety of different ways to reach us here at Heriot-Watt University, pick your preferred method from our handy list below.

Travelling by car?

Please note, parking is free but limited at our Edinburgh Campus.  
The satellite navigation postcode for the Main Entrance is EH14 4AR.
Open Day visitors should follow the directions on arrival to designated parking.
Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to Oriam. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.

Travelling by bus?

Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 45, 63 and N25/N34 (night bus) to the Edinburgh Campus. Service 25 is the most frequent, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes after 8.00pm. The journey takes about 30–40 minutes from the city centre, depending on what time of day you’re travelling. Fares from the city cost £1.80 single/£4.50 day ticket. Note that exact money is required for Lothian Buses (with the exception of Airlink) but you can pay for tickets using your mobile phone, if preferred.
Remember to stay on the bus until it reaches the terminal at the Main Entrance of Heriot-Watt University.
All national coach services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew Square bus station, at the east end of Princes Street. Timetables can be found on the Citylink and National Express websites.

Travelling by rail?

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh well. Edinburgh Waverley is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket Station is at the west end.
From Haymarket Station, take a number 25 bus from Dalry Road which will terminate at the main entrance of the University.
Rail timetables can be found on the National Rail website.
Curriehill Station, one mile from the University, offers a frequent service to Edinburgh Waverley and a service to Glasgow Central Station, but we do not recommend alighting at Curriehill as there is no direct transport link to the campus from there.
However, if you alight at Edinburgh Park station you may be able to connect with the 63 bus service that travels to the campus roughly every 40 minutes until early evening. Make sure you check Lothian Buses timetables in advance.

Travelling by taxi?

A number of taxi services, such as Central Taxis, are available at taxi ranks in the centre of Edinburgh, including Waverley and Haymarket rail stations and St Andrew Square bus station, as well as at Edinburgh airport. The journey to Heriot-Watt University takes about 20–30 minutes from the city centre, and about 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. A return journey to the city centre costs about £30.
You can request an outbound taxi by using the complimentary yellow phone found at the Main Entrance reception.

Travelling by air?

Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west side of the city, just three miles from the Edinburgh Campus.
The bus journey from the airport takes about an hour. The Airlink bus takes you to the city centre (£7.50 return), then you can take a Lothian Bus 25, X25, 34, 45 or N25 (night bus) from the city centre to the campus.
The taxi journey from the airport to the campus takes about 10 minutes and costs about £25 return.

Travelling by bike?

There are safe cycle routes to the Edinburgh Campus from the city centre, Edinburgh Park and the west. These either follow the main roads or the cycle paths along the Union Canal. You can plan your journey on the CycleStreets - cycle routes to Edinburgh Campus.

Staying overnight?

If you are planning to stay overnight in Edinburgh to make the most of your visit then you may find the Visit Scotland website helpful.

The Marriott Courtyard Hotel is based on campus and can be booked for short term/nightly accommodation. For bookings please contact the reservations team: or call +44 (0)131 526 3210.

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