Edinburgh is connected with the rest of the UK and the world through numerous transport links, making it convenient to reach both from the rest of the UK and overseas. Edinburgh has an international airport and a central rail station. For those of you flying into Edinburgh Airport directly, an express bus service links the airport itself with the city centre. The service terminates at Waverly Rail Station where you can easily access cabs to hotels or hostels elsewhere in the city, or one of the many buses that run via Prince St, servicing all areas of Edinburgh. For a detailed description of city buses, fares, and route schedules, please visit the Lothian Buses website.
For those of you flying into Glasgow Airport and making your way to Edinburgh from there, there is a similar airlink bus route between the Glasgow airport and city centre that stops outside of both Queen St and Glasgow Central rail stations, and terminates at the Buchanan Bus Station. Each of these stations offer frequent trains or buses to Edinburgh. If you are looking for a cheaper option, the buses running from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh are both fast and affordable, and will take you to Edinburgh’s bus terminal in St Andrew’s Square, which is a two-minute walk from Princes St buses as well as Waverley Rail Station.
The city offers a variety of accommodation options, from hotels, hostels to bed and breakfasts, including information on accessibility. We suggest booking accommodation in advance, preferably near the University George Square campus where the symposium will be held. For this purpose, the areas of Newington and Marchmont offer a number of bed and breakfasts with reasonable rates, and are well-serviced by local buses as well as being within between ten and twenty minutes walking distance. In addition, the Grassmarket and Tollcross areas have a number of hotels and budget hostels. The Royal Mile, Cowgate, and Princes St, attracting a great deal of tourists throughout the year, also offer suitable accommodation and are within reasonable distance from the symposium venue. The University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh First also provides a selection of high-quality hotels with reasonable rates that are within close distance of the central George Square campus.
Visiting Edinburgh and Accessibility
The following links contain various information on sights, restaurants, shops, streets and their accessibility for individuals with disabilities:
Edinburgh Spotlight – includes access information in their reviews and the place / venue / restaurants’ suitability for those less mobile and for wheelchair access.
Sage Traveling – offers accessibility review of various sights and locations in Edinburgh.
Transport Scotland – provides information on accessible travel to make it easier for people with mobility difficulties to travel within Scotland, containing information about what transport services are provided within Scotland and links to other websites which provide more detailed information.
City of Edinburgh Council – offers care and support for individuals with disabilities, including local care and support services.