Forthcoming IOP Conferences

Travelling to Edinburgh and the campus

By air

Edinburgh Airport
Tel: +44 (0)870 0400 007

Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west of the city, just 3 miles from the campus. The journey by taxi takes about 10 minutes.

Most major airlines fly to and from Edinburgh, for more information visit the website listed above.

By train

National Rail Enquiry Service (24 hours)
Tel: +44 (0)8457 48 49 50 or

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

Onward travel to Heriot Watt University can then be made either by taxi or local bus from either rail station, please see web pages above for further information.

Alternatively, there is a more limited service to Curriehill station, which is a short walk from the main campus.

For more information please contact the national rail enquiry service.

By bus

Tel: +44 (0)870 550 5050

National Express
Tel: +44 (0)8705 80 80 80

Stage Coach
Tel: +44 (0)0871 200 22 33 (Traveline)

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

Operated By Stage Coach the X40 departs from Inverkeithing rail station via ferry toll park and ride, Barnton, South Gyle, Gyle Shopping Centre, Edinburgh Park and Sighthill. The service operates hourly from 09:00 till 19:00 Monday - Friday.

Lothian Buses (24 hours)
Tel: +44 (0)131 555 6363 (Note: search for "Riccarton Campus")

First Group
Tel: +44 (0)8708 72 72 71

The journey to Heriot-Watt University by bus takes about 30 to 45 minutes from the city centre.
The 25 (Lothian busses) departs from Princes Street, via Haymarket Station, Gorgie Road and Sighthill.

The 25 is the most frequent bus to Riccarton Campus, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 19:00.
During peak times , especially in the mornings (7:30 to 9:00), this service can be very busy.

The 34 (Lothian busses) departs from Ocean terminal via Princes Street, Fountainpark and Sighthill.
The service operates Monday to Friday from 06:00 until 23:00, leaving every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 20:00.

The 45 (Lothian busses) leaves from St Andrew Square via the Mound, Tollcross, Bruntsfield, Colinton and Currie.
The service operates every 30 minutes Monday to Friday from 06:30 till 18:00.

The 25 runs until midnight, after which Lothian buses operates the N25, an half-hourly night bus to Edinburgh Campus from Waverley train station via Princes Street, Haymarket, Gorgie and Sighthill.

All Lothian buses daytime bus fares are currently £1.20. Please note exact change is required.

Bus service schedules are subject to change and enquiries should be directed to Lothian buses of First Group, particularly as tram lines are currently being constructed throughout the city.

By Conference Coach

The conference organisers expect to be able to provide coaches from a number of selected city centre hotels out to the campus in time for arrival before start of the first session of the day. Further details will be posted here when available and in information leaflets at your hotels. The following hotels will be served by these coaches

  • Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, (4 star)
  • Premier Inn Hotel, Haymarket, Morrison Link (3 star)
  • The George Hotel, George Street
  • MacDonald Roxburgh Hotel
  • Apex City Hotel, Grass market
  • Premier Inn Hotel, Lauriston Place
  • Point Hotel


Note: The first two hotels listed are expected to be the key hotels where most of the delegates will stay and coach services will be concentrating on these hotels

By Taxi

Central radio taxis
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 2468

City cabs
Tel: +44 (0)131 228 1211

The journey from the city centre takes around 30 minutes.

By Road

Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-WattUniversity is situated half a mile west of the Calder Junction exit from the A720 city bypass. The bypass connects with the:

  • A8/M8 and M9 (West and central Scotland)
  • A1 (East and south Scotland
  • A7/A68 (Borders and south Scotland)


When arriving via the M8 from Glasgow, turn right at the Hermiston Gait roundabout and make sure that you follow the A71 signs for Kilmarnock.

By Cycle

Tel: (0)131 451 8163

For information on cycle routes and where to secure your cycle, please see the above website.

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