Edinburgh is an extremely accessible city with excellent air, rail and bus links.
Trains (East Coast) from London Kings Cross leave every hour, with a journey time scheduled at around 4.5 hours. East Coast trains travel up the east coast line and their website is www.eastcoast.co.uk.
Virgin trains provide direct cross country services to many other cities in England. The Virgin trains website is www.virgintrains.co.uk.
Edinburgh's principal railway terminus is Waverley Station, less than 30 minute walk from Pollock Halls. A taxi will cost around £7-£8 and there is a taxi rank located inside the station. There is also Haymarket Station, at the west end of Princes Street where trains from the West Coast or from Glasgow will also stop.
Coaches arrive in St Andrews Square, located almost directly across Princes Street from the Waverley Train Station. St Andrews Square is a 30 minute walk from Pollock Halls.
There are frequent services from London Victoria Bus Station to Edinburgh. Further information can be obtained from National Express or telephone 08717 818178 .
Edinburgh Airport (tel: 0844 448 8833 / web: www.edinburghairport.com) has direct flights to most UK airports and to most European capitals. It is located about a 20 minute drive west of the city centre.
Travelling from the airport to the city centre
There is a frequent shuttle service from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre Airlink (£6 return fare, journey time 25-30 mins). Discounted tickets for the Airlink bus (£5.50 return) are available in advance from the Edinburgh Convention Bureau. Buy the ticket by clicking here.
A taxi from the airport to Edinburgh city centre should take approximately 20-30 minutes and cost around £20 depending on the time of day.
Travel within Edinburgh
Edinburgh's city centre is compact, so you may find that walking is the best way to get around. The John McIntyre Centre and Pollock Halls are about a mile and a half from the city centre. Edinburgh does not have an underground system and work on the new tram system is ongoing, but it does have a frequent and comprehensive bus service.
The Venue page of this website has a map which highlights key places.
The main operator within Edinburgh is Lothian Regional Transport. Their website is www.lothianbuses.com tel: 0131 555 6363. Please note LRT buses do not give change and a single journey anywhere within the city centre costs £1.50. A day ticket which offers unlimited travel on their buses for one day costs £3.50.
The following LRT services all go down Dalkeith Road which is a 2 minute walk from Pollock Halls. Ask the driver to let you know the stop for Pollock Halls.
Bus Service and route:
2: Morrison Street, Grassmarket, Dalkeith Road
14: Ferry Road, Leith Walk, Dalkeith Road
30: Lothian Road, Princes Street, Dalkeith Road
33: Shandwick Place, Princes Street, Dalkeith Road
Black Cabs (taxis) can be hailed on the street if their orange light is on. Alternatively, please request a taxi at the reception of your hotel or conference venue.
You can also call to book a taxi by phone (they will require a specific address for pick-up):
• Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468
• City Cabs: 0131 228 1211
Parking at Pollock Halls is free but limited and is on a first come first served basis.