Enjoy Your Stay in Edinburgh

Passports and visas

Before you travel, please ensure you have the required documentation.

Information on passports and visa requirements can be found here:

https://www.visitscotland.com/...

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation available in Edinburgh. To help you plan your stay, special rates at a number of hotels and student halls have been negotiated for EPC delegates. When planning your accommodation, we recommend booking sooner rather than later as Edinburgh can get very busy at this time of year.

This link will take you to a document with a list of the special rates should you wish to use these options. The password required to access the document will be listed in your confirmation email following registration. Of course, delegates are free to book accommodation anywhere.

Travel to Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is very well connected.

Travel by plane

If you fly into Edinburgh Airport, you can reach the city centre in around 30 minutes by tram or bus. Tram and bus stops are conveniently located just outside of the airport. As you walk out of ‘Arrivals’, the tram platform can be found straight ahead and to your left, and the bus stop is straight ahead and to your right.

Trams run every 7 minutes (between 06:26 and 22:48). You can plan your journey via the Edinburgh Trams website: https://edinburghtrams.com/. If taking the tram please ensure to purchase a ticket before boarding, otherwise there is a penalty fare. Ticket machines are located on the platform and accept most debit, credit cards, or the exact fare in coins (no change given). The closest stops to the EPC 2024 venues are ‘Princes Street’ and ‘St Andrews Square’.

Alternatively, take the ‘Airlink 100’ Bus, operated by Lothian Buses. The bus runs 24/7 and you can plan your journey via the Lothian Bus website: https://www.lothianbuses.com/o.... Bus services run more frequently at peak times, so plan accordingly if you are arriving late or departing early. The closest stops to the EPC 2024 venues are ‘Princes Street (Stop PF)’ and ‘South St David Street (Stop YY)’.

It is more cost-effective to purchase an open return ticket (on both the tram and bus) rather than two single tickets. Open returns tickets do not have fixed dates of return. The ‘Airlink 100’ Bus is slightly cheaper than the tram and may be slightly faster at non-peak times.

Travel by train

Edinburgh Waverley Station is the closest train station to EPC 2024 venues. You can plan your train journey via the National Rail website: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk...

From the train station it is about a 15-minute walk to EPC 2024 venues. Local buses are available from Princes Street and North Bridge - the following Lothian Buses stop within a few minutes walk of EPC venues: 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 45, 49. Buses are also available nearby from ‘The Mound’ - Lothian Buses numbers 9, 23, and 27 all stop close to EPC venues. Information about bus fares and tickets can be found here: https://www.lothianbuses.com/f...

Taxi ranks are located in Market Street and Waverley Bridge (both are just outside the train station).

Tourist information

Further information about visiting Edinburgh, and Scotland, can be found on the ‘Visit Scotland’ website: https://www.visitscotland.com/

An interactive map of Edinburgh can be found here: https://www.introducingedinbur...

You can also visit the ‘Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre’ in person at 249 High Street, which is within walking distance of the EPC2024 venues. Their opening hours are available on their website: https://www.visitscotland.com/...

Emergency contacts

In an emergency, dial ‘999’ for Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Coastguard.

For non-emergencies, Police Scotland can be contacted by dialling ‘101’.

For health emergencies (a critical or life-threatening situation) the closest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department for adults is at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4SA - https://services.nhslothian.sc...

We recommend obtaining travel insurance with medical cover before travelling. If you normally live in the EEA or Switzerland, we recommend obtaining a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your own country before you travel. Further information about healthcare in Scotland for visitors can be found here.