How to travel from Edinburgh Airport to the University of Edinburgh King's Buildings campus and James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB).
Total journey time: about 1 hour (The tram is slightly slower than the Airlink bus to the city centre, as it makes more stops, but this is offset by closer connections to local buses (including buses to King's Buildings) at the city centre tram stops.)
Cost: Transport for Edinburgh Airport Zone day ticket, less than £10.This ticket will cover your tram journey(s) and onwards Lothian Buses bus journeys to and from King's Buildings. The ticket is valid for travel for the whole day and is probably the best value for money overall. (A single tram ticket + a single bus ticket together cost less than £7, but are only valid for one journey each.)
As you approach Haymarket tram stop and the city centre, use MyBusTracker on your mobile phone for live bus departure information to check which bus service will best connect with your tram's arrival time in the city centre. You should allow around 5 minutes connection time to transfer from tram to bus (you may need to cross busy roads and wait for traffic lights to change).
If a bus 41 (to King's Buildings), bus 42 or bus 67 is due, this is the best place to transfer from tram to bus.
Bus 41 to King's Buildings goes into the King's Buildings campus and terminates only a couple of minutes' walk from the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB). Buses 42, 67 and 24 pass along the edge of the campus and it is about 5 minutes' walk from these bus stops to the JCMB.
Bus 24 from Princes Street (the bus stop is just west of Frederick Street, immediately to the west of Princes Street tram stop, heading west (back towards the airport)) also travels past the King's Buildings campus. If none of the above buses are due to arrive, this may be a suitable alternative.
When your bus arrives at King's Buildings, alight at the appropriate bus stop and walk through the campus to JCMB. Bus 41 terminates at the King's Buildings bus terminus: if you are travelling on another bus you may wish to ask the driver to let you know where to alight.
Total journey time: about 1 hour
Cost: Airlink single, less than £5, open return less than £8 (Airlink fares information), plus the cost of a connecting Lothian Buses local bus ticket (less than £2 single (you may wish to purchase a day ticket (less than £4) if you plan to make further bus journeys)).
The Airlink 100 bus runs 24 hours a day (there is no overnight tram service) and additional overnight service is also provided by bus N22. The Airlink bus arrives in the city centre at Waverley Bridge, just outside Edinburgh Waverley railway station. Further information, including timetables, is available from the Airlink website.
The taxi rank is adjacent to the main entrance to the airport terminal.
Total journey time: about 30 - 40 minutes, depending on traffic.
Cost: around £30
Ask your taxi driver to take you to the James Clerk Maxwell Building at the King's Buildings campus (Peter Guthrie Tait Road).
Postcode destination for satnav navigation: EH9 3FD (some satnavs may find only the older postcode EH9 3JZ).
If driving, it is usually quicker to take the bypass around the city, rather than drive through the city centre.
Exit the airport and follow signs for the City Centre (A8) and City Bypass (A720). After about 1 mile (1.5 km) on the A8 you will approach Gogar interchange, signposted City Bypass (A720). Exit the A8 and follow the signs around the roundabout to the City Bypass.
Once on the City Bypass, follow the travel directions for getting to us by car.