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JSPS UK/Japan Symposium on Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality conference venue: The University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, UK EH8 9AB.


If you are taking buses to the Informatics Forum or Kenneth MacKenzie / Richmond Place Apartments from the City Center, take
route 8,30,29,37,47,3,31,33,48. Check the Lothian Bus Journey Planner for details.

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By plane

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is the most convenient destination when travelling by plane. Regular connections exist with the largest hubs in Europe (London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam), and budget airlines (including EasyJet, RyanAir, Jet2, BMI and GermanWings) fly from Edinburgh to/from many UK/European destinations. Continental Airlines offer direct flights between Edinburgh and New York.

On the airport website you can find the full list of flight and general information from Edinburgh Airport and the relative map.

From Edinburgh Airport, a cab to the city centre takes about 20 minutes and costs about £20. Airlink runs a shuttle to Waverley Steps that takes 30 minutes and costs £4 one-way or £7 return. Return tickets are available at a small discount here. Airport buses run every 15 minutes throughout the day, and pick up/drop off outside Haymarket station, in Shandwick Place (West End), and on the bridge to the West of Waverley Station.

Other airports

Glasgow Airport (GLA) offers a similar range of destinations, with additional routes to Toronto, Vancouver and San Francisco.

From Glasgow airport, Citylink runs a shuttle to Edinburgh Bus Station that takes about two hours and costs about £11. Citylink also runs a shuttle to Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow city centre which takes 25m and costs about £6 (single); from there you can then walk to Queen St Train Station and catch a train to Edinburgh Waverley Station that takes 45 minutes and costs about £10, or catch another bus to Edinburgh Bus Station.

RyanAir also fly to/from the rather less convenient Prestwick Airport (PIK). This airport is about 2h15m by train or bus to Edinburgh, and you will have to change in Glasgow. Note that if you travel by train, you will need to transfer station from Glasgow Central to Queen St; there is a shuttle bus between the two.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley Station is the stop for downtown Edinburgh, while trains to/from Glasgow also stop at Haymarket in the West of the city. Fast trains to/from Glasgow run every 15 minutes from both main stations. There is no train to/from the airport.

The National Rail Enquiries website gives train times and prices, although buying directly from the rail company websites you will avoid administration fees. Buy tickets before you travel. You can buy tickets at the station, but for long journeys booking in advance and fixing train times can be significantly cheaper.

The Eurostar service connects Paris to Edinburgh in around eight hours.

Long-distance buses

Most of the long distance buses are run by National Express. Buses to the Borders are run by several companies, including First Group.

Local transport in Edinburgh

Buses and Trams

Local buses are mainly run by Lothian Buses (red and white buses), who have an interactive route map. Buses run frequently throughout the day, with restricted routes for night buses between midnight and 4am.

Local buses are fixed fare and no change is given (but the Lothian Buses kiosk at the airport has been known to give change). Pay when you board the bus. A single ticket (any journey length) is £1.50. A one-day ticket can be bought on the bus and offers unlimited travel for £3.50 (not valid on the Airlink buses). A one-week ticket costs £17 and is available from three city centre locations.

Edinburgh also has a tram system that runs from the airport to the city centre. Tickets cost £1.50 for a single journey in the city centre and £5 from the airport (£8 return) and should be bought from the vending machines at the tram stops before getting on the tram.

In some cases, tickets allow travel on both bus and tram. Full information on fares and ticket options for buses and trams can be found here

Most city centre destinations are within 15-30m walk.


Taxis are usually easy to find: look for black cabs, with amber lights indicating they are available. They will pick up anywhere in the street, except near a taxi rank, where there is a queuing system. Of course you can also call a taxi, or book one in advance.

Two of the largest taxi companies, which can generally send you a taxi within a few minutes of being called, are Central Taxis, phone number 0131 229 2468, and City Cabs, 0131 228 1211.

A taxi from the airport will cost about £20; a typical journey inside the city might be about £5. Taxi drivers need not be tipped, but it is common to round the fare up.

Driving in Edinburgh

Note that driving in central Edinburgh is not recommended (Princes St, George St, Shandwick Place and around), because of the tram works that are ongoing at the moment. If you do have to drive watch out for diversion signs (which may change from day to day), and be aware that SatNavs may not know the current state of the road system.

Beware that on-street parking is generally quite limited and can be expensive in the city centre. On-street parking is generally free on Sundays and after 18:30 on other days. If you are staying at a large hotel, they may be able to offer private parking spaces for a fee.

It is possible to find free parking about 1-2 miles from the city centre, e.g. in Leith (and then take a bus).

Car hire

There are many car hire companies operating both from the airport and from locations in the city (but mostly a little way out of the centre). The usual cost is about £25-30 per day for a small car.

Holiday Autos usually offer good value and full insurance is included.



The recommended accommodation venue run by the University of Edinburgh is Kenneth Mackenzie

Other options can be found here

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