Travel to Heriot-Watt University
The Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus is about 6 miles from the city centre. It’s well served by frequent local bus services and is also easy to access by car. The easiest way to plan your journey to the campus is to use the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner, which uses up-to-date public transport timetables.
The Edinburgh Campus is easy to access by car from the centre of Edinburgh and from all major routes leading to the city. The University is half a mile from the Calder Junction of the A720 City of Edinburgh by-pass and the A71, and you’ll see signs for Heriot-Watt University on your approach.
You can find the location of the visitor car parks on the map of Edinburgh Campus.
- Visitors to the University should use car park A, B, H or J.
- Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gate 10 next to the Centre for Sport & Exercise. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.
Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 45, 63 and N25/N34 (night bus) to the Edinburgh Campus. Service 25 is the most frequent, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes after 8.00pm. The journey takes about 30–40 minutes from the city centre, depending on what time of day you’re travelling. Fares from the city cost £1.60 single/£4.00 day ticket. Note that exact money is required for Lothian Buses (with the exception of Airlink) but you can pay for tickets using your mobile phone, if preferred. Regular travellers to the campus should consider getting a Ridacard.
A number of taxi services, such as Central Taxis, are available at taxi ranks in the centre of Edinburgh, including Waverley and Haymarket rail stations and St Andrew Square bus station, as well as at Edinburgh airport. The journey to Heriot-Watt University takes about 20–30 minutes from the city centre, and about 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. A return journey to the city centre costs about £30.
You can request an outbound taxi from the Edinburgh Campus at the main reception desk.
The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh well. Edinburgh Waverley is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket Station is at the west end. Curriehill Station, one mile from the University, offers a frequent service to Edinburgh Waverley and a service to Glasgow Central Station.
We do not recommend alighting at either Edinburgh Park or Curriehill as there is no direct transport link to the campus from these stations. Proceed to Haymarket and catch a number 25 bus from Dalry Road (terminating at Riccarton).
Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west side of the city, just three miles from the Edinburgh Campus.
The bus journey from the airport takes about an hour. The Airlink bus takes you to the city centre (£4.50 single, £7.50 return), then you can take a Lothian Buses service 25, X25, 34, 45 or N25 (night bus) from the city centre to the campus (terminating at Riccarton).
Alternatively, you can take an Edinburgh Trams service from the airport to Haymarket (£5.50 single, £8.50 return), then take a Lothian Buses service 25, X25 or N25 to the campus (terminating at Riccarton).
The taxi journey from the airport to the campus takes about 10 minutes and costs about £25 return.