Travel Directions from Edinburgh Airport to King's Buildings
How to travel from Edinburgh Airport to the University of Edinburgh King's Buildings campus and James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB).
By Tram and Bus
- The Edinburgh Airport - City Centre tram line travels to the city centre via Edinburgh Park and Haymarket.
- The Airlink 100 bus service also travels from the airport to the city centre (via Corstorphine and Murrayfield); please read further down the page.
- For overnight airport arrivals/departures (outwith tram operating hours), you should use the Airlink 100 bus or bus N22 to travel to the city centre (Waverley Station).
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.)
- You must purchase your ticket from a ticket machine at the tram stop before boarding the tram.
- Take a tram from the Airport terminal (tram destination: York Place) to Princes Street tram stop in the city centre (journey time, 25 - 30 minutes).
- At Princes Street tram stop, change to a bus to King's Buildings (journey time, 20 - 25 minutes).
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).
Tram to bus connections in Edinburgh city centre
From Princes Street tram stop to King's Buildings
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.
- Alight at Princes Street tram stop. (This is the stop after West End - Princes Street and is half-way along Princes Street with a view to Edinburgh Castle.)
- Turn right into The Mound (the road heading uphill across Princes Street Gardens, adjacent to the art gallery).
- The bus stop is alongside the art gallery in the uphill direction.
- The Mound (foot) (southbound) bus stop departure board
- Service 41 timetable (destination: King's Buildings, daytime service every 15 minutes). Note that one service 41 bus per hour goes to Morningside instead, but these buses do not serve King's Buildings (and only pass 500 m northwest of the campus (around 10 minutes' walk to the JCMB)), so it is quicker not to board Morningside buses, but to wait for the next direct bus instead (which is timetabled only a few minutes later).
- Service 42 timetable (destination: King's Road, daytime service every 30 minutes)
- Service 67 timetable (destination: Bush, weekdays only, only hourly service)
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.
- Frederick Street (on Princes Street) (westbound) bus stop departure board
- Service 24 timetable (destination: Royal Infirmary, daytime service every 30 minutes)
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.
By Airport Bus and Local Bus
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)).
- You can purchase your bus ticket from the bus driver when you board the bus.
- Take the Airlink 100 bus from the airport terminal to Waverley Station in the city centre (journey time, around 30 minutes).
- At Waverley Station, change to a bus to King's Buildings (journey time, 20 - 25 minutes) (The nearest appropriate bus stops to King's Buildings are around 5 minutes' walk from the Waverley Station bus terminus).
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.
- To travel to King's Buildings from Waverley Bridge, see our travel directions from Edinburgh Waverley station.
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.