This page contains general information about how to get to the city of Edinburgh, and details of how to navigate the city and find University buildings.
Edinburgh is delighted to host ECAS2019 and looks forward to welcoming delegates in June. The Scottish capital is a world-reknowned destination rich in history, culture and stunning vistas. Take a long walk around the centre to explore the World Heritage Sites of the Old Town and New Town, as well as all the area’s museums and galleries. If you are extending your visit or have accompaniment during the conference, find out more about what to do in Edinburgh, what’s on in the city, as well as handy hints and advice here.
Looking beyond Edinburgh, take this opportunity to visit a beautiful nation. For suggestions and more information see the Visit Scotland website.
The conference takes place in various buildings of the University of Edinburgh, centred around George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK. We are using the McEwan Hall, Appleton Tower, 50 George Square, the Chrystal Macmillan building, the David Hume tower, and the Potterow Building (Student Union). The plenaries will take place at McEwan Hall, which is also where the registration desks will be located.
By rail: Edinburgh has excellent rail links to the rest of the UK. The East Coast mainline linking Edinburgh to London King’s Cross is the UK's fastest intercity railway: you can travel between the cities in around 4 hours. Or, if you prefer to travel overnight, a sleeper service runs between London Euston and Edinburgh Waverley six nights a week. There are great links to other cities too. The journey to Glasgow only takes 45 minutes, while York, Newcastle, Inverness or Aberdeen can be reached in about 2 hours.
All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city (click here for walking map), although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the West End.
By bus: if you are travelling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here is easy with regular bus services from all major UK cities. Buses and coaches arrive at St Andrew's Square bus station in Edinburgh's city centre.
By air: Edinburgh International Airport receives daily flights from more than 20 UK and 40 European airports, as well as daily trans-atlantic flights. Flights from other international destinations are also scheduled throughout the week. The airport is ~12km from the city centre. The 30-minute journey can be easily made using the frequent airport bus (ticket £4.50) or tram services (ticket £6), or by taxi (estimated £25-£35).
By car: travel times by road are less than you might think. From the south: Birmingham is about 5 hours away; Manchester and York, 3 hours; Newcastle, 2 hours. From the north: Inverness is about 3 hours away; Aberdeen, 2 hours. Route information for drivers can be found on the RAC route planner or AA route planner websites.
Edinburgh is a compact city and is easy to get around on foot, by bike or by public transport.
Cycling in Edinburgh: For a UK town, Edinbugh is fairly cycle-friendly. It has many off-road bike paths, on-road cycle lanes, forward stop lines at traffic lights, and other bike priority measures like moving towards lower speed limits on most of its roads. By the standards of cities in other northern European countries, though, - notably the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark - Edinburgh falls far short. In some parts of town, cyclists are obliged to ride in heavy traffic. See Edinburgh bike paths here.
There is a new bike hire scheme with docking stations at the main campus and at the Pollock Halls accommodation. For full information see here, here and download the Just Eat Cycles app to make use of them at £1.50 for up to an hour, or £3 for a day.
Travelling by public transport: Edinburgh and its surrounding suburbs are well served by two local bus companies. A tram service also operates in the city centre.You can plan your journies in and around the city by tram here and by bus here. Please note that buses require exact change and do not take contactless/card payments (except for the Airport bus).If you wish to use your card for the tram you will need to buy a day ticket.