Public bus & tram services

The University of Edinburgh is served by a comprehensive network of buses & trams.

Edinburgh has a fantastic public transport network provided by a number of operators.

The main bus provider in the city is Lothian Buses (including EastCoastBuses and Lothian Country services).

Other operators include:

Lothian Buses also run several services to and from Edinburgh Airport.

Pre-paid travel cards for business use

Departments can order pre-paid travel cards from the Transport & Parking Office. These enable staff to easily use Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams for business travel, without the hassle of claiming expenses. More information is available on our website.

Ordering departmental travel cards.


Trams are provided by Edinburgh Trams, which is part of the same parent company as Lothian Buses. Tram services run from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre, and then onto Newhaven via Leith.

Tram tickets must be purchased or validated before boarding the tram. Day tickets can be purchased which are valid for both Edinburgh Trams and Lothian Buses services.

Plan your bus journey


1. If you do not already know the address of the building you are going to, look at the University campus maps to find the postcode or street address of your destination.

Campus maps

2. Enter the postcode or street of where you are travelling from and enter your destination into the Traveline Scotland journey planner.

Traveline Scotland journey planner


Transport for Edinburgh App

Do you want to know when the next bus is coming?

You can download the Transport for Edinburgh App for your smartphone which will allow you to quickly check your bus times at home, at work or whilst on the move!

Transport for Edinburgh App

The App allows you to see up to the minute information on the bus you would like to catch and also when your bus will arrive at the bus stop. You can check online or on your phone.

BusTracker is only available for buses operated by the Lothian Group and Edinburgh Trams.

Real time information at bus stops


Up to the minute "real time" bus timetable information is now available at bus stops across the city. Information panels provided next to each bus stop let you know when the next bus services will be arriving, or if there has been a delay.

Bus fares


Across Edinburgh city centre (with the exception of Airport services) you can purchase a single adult ticket at a cost of £2 when you board the bus. The correct change is required if paying by cash.

Lothian Buses has a contactless payment system, which automatically charges you the cheapest daily or weekly fare for the journeys you’ve made. There is a cap of £4.80 per day, or £22 per week.

A range of day tickets, multi journey tickets and pre paid tickets are also available directly from bus operators.


One-Ticket is a season ticket for use with the different public transport operators across Edinburgh. With One-Ticket, you get 'unlimited' travel by bus and train in East Central Scotland.

Airport buses


Airlink 100

The Airlink 100 is the express bus service to/from the Airport. The journey takes approximately 25-30 minutes. 

It runs every 10 minutes from 04:00 to midnight, and every 30 minutes between midnight and 04:00.

The route runs from South St David Street (next to Waverley Station / Princess Street) to Airport Bus Stop D.

Skylink 200 and 400 

Lothian Buses run two additional bus services to the airport. 

200 - Departs Ocean Terminal, in the north of the city, up to every 30 minutes between 03:10 and 23:15. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes between 04:55 and midnight.

400 - Departs Fort Kinnaird, in the south of the city, up to every 30 minutes between 04:15 and 22:00. Departs Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes between 05:35 and 22:35. 


A single adult ticket on Airlink/Skylink buses is £5.50. A return adult ticket is £8. Tickets can be bought on board the bus. Lothian Buses Ridacards and Scottish National Concession passes can be used on Airlink.

Night buses


Night buses are run in the City Centre, as well as into East Lothian and Midlothian. Night Buses follow much of the same route as their daytime counterparts and therefore many areas are served by buses 24 hours a day. More information is available from Lothian Buses.

Night buses

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