Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus is easily accessible by car, both from the centre of Edinburgh (6 miles) and from all major routes leading to the city.

The University is half a mile from the Calder Junction of the A720 City of Edinburgh By-Pass and the A71 (there are signs for Heriot-Watt University on the approach to Calder Junction). On the M8, from Glasgow, turn right at Hermiston Gait roundabout following the signs for the A71. The A720 is a dual carriageway which skirts Edinburgh and can be accessed from all the major routes entering and leaving the city: A90 (North), M8 and M9 (West), A702 (South and M6), A7 and A68 (Borders and South), A1 (South and East).

Visitor parking - All visitors must use Visitors Car Park A or B on entering the campus. Car Park C is for visitors to Edinburgh Conference Centre.

Accessible visitor parking - blue badge holders only - An accessible car park is located at Gait 10 next to the Centre for Sport and Exercise. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the Edinburgh Campus. Disabled visitors should make arrangements in advance to ensure an appropriately allocated parking space is made available.


Central Radio Taxis telephone 0131 229 2468 (24 hrs)

There are a number of taxi services in the centre of Edinburgh including those at Waverly Station (rail) and St Andrew Square (coach station). The journey to Heriot-Watt University takes about 30 minutes. At the Edinburgh campus, taxis can be requested from the reception desk in the James Watt Centre.


Citylink telephone 08705 50 50 50
National Express telephone 08705 80 80 80

All national coach services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew Square bus station, situated at the east end of Princes Street.


Lothian Buses telephone 0131 555 6363 (24 hrs)

The journey to Heriot-Watt University by bus takes approximately 30-40 minutes from the city centre, depending on the time that you are travelling. Lothian Buses offers services 25, X25, 34, 45 and N25 (night bus) to Heriot-Watt University.

The 25 departs from Princes Street, via Haymarket, Gorgie Road and Sighthill. The X25 has a limited stop route beginning at Waterloo Place via Princes Street, Lothian Road and running non-stop to Sighthill before arriving at Heriot-Watt University. The 34 departs from Princes Street via Lothian Road, Fountainbridge, Slateford Road and Sighthill.

The 25 is the most frequent bus to the Edinburgh Campus, leaving the city centre every 15 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes after 20.00. During peak times in the morning and evening, Monday to Friday, the X25 runs to the Edinburgh Campus every 15-20 minutes.

The 25 runs until around midnight, after which time Lothian Buses operate the N25, a night bus service which runs every 30 minutes to the Edinburgh Campus from Waverly train station via Princes Street, Haymarket, Balgreen and Sighthill.

The 45 leaves from St Andrew Square via The Mound, Tollcross, Bruntsfield, Merchiston and Craiglockhart. This service operates every 30 minutes, Monday to Friday, from approximately 07.00 to 19.00.

Bus service schedules and prices are subject to change. Enquiries should be made directly to Lothian Buses.
Park and Ride

Stagecoach Buses telephone 0871 200 22 33

The X40 service runs Monday to Friday from Dunfermline via Ferrytoll Park and Ride, South Queensferry, Gyle Centre and South Gyle to our Edinburgh Campus. The morning journey starts at Ferrytoll at 08.00 and arrives at our Edinburgh Campus at approximately 09.00. This service continues on an hourly basis throughout the day with a last journey departing Ferrytoll at approximately 18.15.

Contact Stagecoach directly or visit their website for up-to-date timetables and pricing.


Edinburgh Airport telephone 0870 040 0007

Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west of the city, just three miles from the campus. The journey by taxi takes about 10 minutes.

By bus, the express Airlink service (number 100 bus) links the airport and the city centre and takes approximately 25 minutes. The service terminates at Waverley Bridge, near to the main railway station and bus station and is just off the city's main street, Princes Street. The service runs 7 days a week from approximately 04.45 to approximately 00.20. For further information, telephone 0131 555 6363 or visit


National Rail enquiry service telephone 08457 48 49 50

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh well. Edinburgh Waverly is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket station is at the west end.




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