The conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh's George Square campus, in Appleton Tower (registration, exhibition and stream talks) and the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre (keynote talks). Both are a 15 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverly, and a 20 minute walk from the bus station.

Getting to Edinburgh

By air

Edinburgh International Airport receives daily flights from more than 20 UK and 40 European airports, as well as daily transatlantic flights. Flights from international destinations are also scheduled throughout the week.

The airport is about 12km from the city centre. The 30-minute journey can be easily made using the frequent airport bus or tram services, or by taxi. The Airlink 100 will take you to Waverley Bridge which is a 15 minute walk from the venue.

Edinburgh International Airport

Airlink airport buses

Edinburgh Trams

By rail

Edinburgh has excellent rail links throughout the UK.

The East Coast mainline, which links Edinburgh and London King’s Cross, is the UK's fastest intercity railway: you can travel between the cities in around 4 hours.

Or, if you prefer to travel overnight, a sleeper service runs between London Euston and Edinburgh Waverley 6 nights a week.

There are great links to other cities too. The journey to Glasgow only takes 45 minutes, while York, Newcastle, Inverness or Aberdeen can be reached in about 2 hours.

All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city which is a 15 minute walk to the venue.

National Rail enquiries


By bus

If you are travelling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here is easy with regular bus services from all major UK cities.

Buses and coaches arrive at St Andrews Square bus station in Edinburgh's city centre which is a 20 minute walk from the venue.


National Express


More information on bus links to campus

By car

Travel times by road are less than you might think. From the south: Birmingham is about 5 hours away; Manchester and York, 3 hours; Newcastle, 2 hours. From the north: Inverness is about 3 hours away; Aberdeen, 2 hours.

Route information for drivers can be found on the RAC or AA websites. If travelling by car make sure and plan where you are going to park as the city centre is busy and parking limited.

RAC Route Planner

AA Route Planner

City of Edinburgh Council: parking in the city


There are a large number of Hotels, Hostels and flats for tourists in Edinburgh. Below is a selection close to the venue. Edinburgh has great public transport so do not be afraid of staying a little further out. There are also a large number of B&Bs and hostels so shop around on sites like Airbnb and Hostel World.

Cowgate Tourist Hostel

10 minute walk to the venue

5 minute walk to the station

Staysafe Hostel Edinburgh

10 minute walk to the venue

5 minute walk to the station

Travelodge Central (any)/Cameron Toll

15-20 minute walk to the venue (Central)

15 minute walk/ 15-20 minute bus to the venue (Cameron Toll)

5-10 minute walk to the station (central)

45 minute walk/20 minute bus to station (Cameron Toll)

Premier Inn Edinburgh Central (Lauriston Place)

15 minute walk to the venue

20 minute walk to the station