The Royal Society of Edinburgh is only ½ hr from the airport and nearby accommodations! For questions, please contact the conference administration.


Although everyone will tailor the trip to their needs, some information on the easiest ways to get to Edinburgh’s city centre from the two closest airports and from London is provided here. 


by air

Edinburgh International Airport is just 7 miles, or 25 minutes via taxi. A typical fare is under £25 (this may be higher on public holidays).

Glasgow International Airport is 55,2 miles away

by Rail

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley Station. It has a direct service to the London King’s Cross railway station (Price: £30-£80, Time: 4h45). There is also a train from Glasgow.

B – TRANSPORT From Edinburgh Airport

Reaching the city centre from the Edinburgh airport is usually achieved either by bus ( or tram (, they both reach the same desired destination.


Line: Airlink 100: Airport – City Centre Express 
First / Last: 24/7 
Price: Single – £4.50 / Open return – £7.50 
Stop: Princes Street 
Approx. time: 35 min 


First / Last: 06:18 / 23:32
Price: Single – £6.50 / Open return – £9.00
Stop: Princes Street
Approx. time: 40 min

C – TRANSPORT from Glasgow Airport

When coming from Glasgow airport, a combination of bus and train is needed to reach the Edinburgh city centre. 


Line: 500 Airport Express: Airport – City Centre Express 
First / Last: 05:00 / 23:00 
Price: Single – £8.50 / Open return – £14.00 
Stop: George Square at Queen Street Station
Approx. time: 22 min


Line: ScotRail: Glasgow Queen Street – Edinburgh via Falkirk High
First / Last: 06:00 / 23:45 (for weekend variations see website) 
Price: Single – £14.00 to £16.10 / Open return – £19.10 to £31.10
Stop: Edinburgh Waverley 
Approx. time: 1 hour 

D – TRANSPORT from London Kings Cross

There are multiple ways to reach Edinburgh from London by train. Here the simplest and quicker way is offered. 

Line: London North Eastern Railway
First / Last: 06:00 / 23:30 (generally)
Price: Single – £30.00 to £80
Stop: Edinburgh Waverley
Approx. time: 4 hour 45 min


The area around The Royal Society of Edinburgh presents a high density of hotels. Here a
few of them are provided ranked by price.
All the listed hotels are within a 10-minute walk of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (see
map at the end of the list).

StarsHotel & Price
2 stars 🏨 easyHotel (£67.99/night)
3 stars🏨 Motel one (£79/night)
🏨 Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel (£128/night)
🏨 ibis Styles Edinburgh St Andrew Square (£138/night)
4 stars🏨 YOTEL Edinburgh (£97/night)
🏨 Malmaison Edinburgh City (£160/night)
5 stars🏨 InterContinental Edinburgh the George (£242/night)
🏨 Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel (£335/night)