Welcome to Edinburgh! As you prepare to join us for IPCITI 2023, we’ve provided a quick guide to help you navigate your way from Edinburgh Airport and the city center to Heriot-Watt University.

From Edinburgh Airport to Heriot-Watt University:

  1. By Bus:
    • The Airlink 100 express bus runs from the airport to the city center. From there, you can take bus No. 25 or No. 34, both of which go directly to the university’s main entrance.
    • Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.
    • Cost: Around £7.50 (combined fare).
  2. By Taxi:
    • Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminal.
    • Duration: Approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.
    • Cost: Around £20-£25.
  3. By Car:
    • If renting a car, exit the airport and follow signs for the A8/City Centre. After a few miles, take the A720 exit and continue until the Calder Junction. Follow signs to Heriot-Watt University.
    • Duration: Approximately 20 minutes.
    • Parking: The university has visitor parking available.

From Edinburgh City Center to Heriot-Watt University:

  1. By Bus:
    • Buses No. 25, No. 34, and No. 45 run from various parts of the city center directly to the university’s reception.
    • Duration: Approximately 35 minutes from Princes Street.
    • Cost: Around £2 (one way).
  2. By Taxi:
    • Taxis can be hailed from most parts of the city or booked in advance.
    • Duration: Approximately 20 minutes.
    • Cost: Around £20.
  3. By Bike:
    • If you’re environmentally conscious and looking for some exercise, Edinburgh offers a network of cycle paths. You can check out routes from the city centre here, or plan your own route.

Traveling to Heriot-Watt University by Railway:

Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus isn’t directly served by a railway station. If you are travelling to IPCITI by train from another city you will likely arrive at Waverley Railway Station. Here’s how to get to the university from there:

  1. By Bus:
    • Board Bus No. 25 directly from the city center, which will take you to Heriot-Watt University.
    • Duration: Approximately 40 minutes.
  2. By Taxi:
    • Taxis are often available outside the Station.
    • Duration: Approximately 25 minutes.
  3. By Train and Bus:
    • From Waverley Railway Station, catch a train heading towards Glasgow, Stirling, or Dunblane that stops at Edinburgh Park. Upon arriving at Edinburgh Park Station, you can take Bus No. 25 or No. 34 which run from the station to Heriot-Watt University.

Transport Tips:

  • Always check bus and train schedules ahead of time, as they can change. For live bus times and routes, you can use the Transport for Edinburgh app or visit the official website.
  • If you are staying in Edinburgh for a few extra days and plan to use public transport frequently during your stay, you might want to purchase a 1-week Ridacard for unlimited travel on Edinburgh buses and trams. A student Ridacard costs £19.
  • If traveling by bus around Edinburgh, make sure you use the same bank card to pay for your tickets, and your ticket fare will be automatically capped at £4.80 per day. This does not apply to the trams though, so if you’ll be using the trams, buy a day ticket or weekly Ridacard.

Campus map:

Once you arrive at Heriot-Watt University, our campus map will help guide you to the key locations and events of IPCITI 2023.

We look forward to seeing you at IPCITI 2023!