Travelling to BioQuarter.

BioQuarter, formerly known as Little France, is home to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Medical School, the Usher Institute, the Queens Medical Research Institute, and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine. The site is located approximately four miles from the Central Area and is easily accessed by a range of transport options.

The address of the BioQuarter Campus is: Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4TJ.

You can use the map below to find University buildings and other campus facilities. Clicking on a building will bring up its address, and other useful information.

BioQuarter is located in the south-east of the city, about 4 miles from the University's Central Area. There are several bike routes to the campus:

  • If coming from the Central Area:

    • The Innocent Railway path takes you on a traffic-free converted railway path to Craigmillar. From here you can cycle through Craigmillar Castle Park (also traffic-free) to BioQuarter. This is the quietest route.
    • Alternatively, the most direct cycle route is go down the A701 to Cameron Toll, then along the A7 / Old Dalkeith Road to BioQuarter. This route is busier with traffic, but does have some sections of segregated cyclepath.
  • If you are coming from the north-east or south-east side of the city, then the signposted Quite Route 61 runs along traffic-free / traffic-light roads from Portobello to Roslin, via Bioquarter.

The following websites can help you plan your cycling routes:

There are a range of bike parking facilities across the campus. These can be viewed on the map above by selecting the “Cycle Facilities” layer.

BioQuarter is directly served by many bus routes, with around 60 buses per hour stopping at or near the site. To plan your journey, try using the Traveline Scotland journey planner.

Traveline Scotland journey planner

There are direct bus routes from most areas of the city and surrounding towns:

Travelling from Direct bus routes
Bonnyrigg & Rosewell 46
Corstorphine 21
Dalkeith X33, 46, 48
Gorebridge 48
Granton 8, 24, 38
Haymarket, Gorgie, Wester Hailes 33
Leith 21, 49
Liberton, Gracemount, Gilmerton 7, 400
Marchmont, Tollcross, Stockbridge 24
Mussleburgh 46, 48
Newtongrange X33, 48
Portobello 21
Princes Street, Waverley Station, Newington 8, 33, X33, 49
Sighthill, Colinton 400
Slateford, Morningside 38

Buses from further away

Inter-city coaches terminate Edinburgh Bus Station, near St. Andrew Square and Princes Street. From here you can take a service 8, 33, X33, or 49 (see above).

Useful links

If travelling from further afield, then you should get a train to Waverley Station, which is the main train station in Edinburgh. To travel onwards to BioQuarter campus from here, we suggest taking Lothian Bus services 8, 33, X33, or 49 (see above).

If you are travelling from the Borders, then you can get the Borders Railway to either Shawfair or Newcraighall. Both are around 2.5 miles away. From Shawfair you can cycle along a quiet, partially traffic-free route that takes about 15 minutes. From Newcraighall you can get bus services 46 or 48, which takes about 20 minutes.

If you are travelling from East Lothian, you can get a train to Mussleburgh. From here you can get bus services 46 or 48, which takes about 25 minutes.

Scotrail provide train services to/from the rest of Scotland. LNER run fast services to Newcastle, York, and London King’s Cross. For trains to other parts of the UK, check the National Rail website.

The postcode for BioQuarter is EH16 4TJ.

Parking at BioQuarter

A number of University car parks are located at BioQuarter. University car parks are for the use of permit holders only, and are subject to the University’s Parking Regulations. Staff are welcome to apply for a permit.

Visitors should note that they will need to park in the visitor car parks at the hospital (A, B and C).

Park & Ride facilities

There is free parking at Sheriffhall Park & Ride, just off the A7. Fast and frequent buses (services 33 and 48) connect this site to BioQuarter - the journey time is around 10 minutes.

You can also park at Newcraighall Park & Ride for 50p per 24 hours. Buse services 46 and 48 go from here to BioQuarter.