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Arriving to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport is located around 9 miles from the city centre and the journey takes around 30 minutes by bus. Book an Airport Transfer through the college, take a taxi (around £30) or catch the Airlink Airport bus from outside the Arrivals Hall.

Getting around Edinburgh

Buses - most buses start at 0600 and stop around 2300. Visit the Lothian Bus website for up-to-date travel information.

Taxis - taxis are available throughout the city and are available for hire when the orange FOR HIRE sign is illuminated.

Trains - the college is located very close to Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations. Tickets vary in price - book early for the best deals. Visit National Rail for timetables and pricing.

Car rental - Basil Paterson students receive a 10% discount on Enterprise car hire. Please come and see us for further information.

Take a tour of Edinburgh and Scotland!

Did you know?


  • Edinburgh has a population of around 450,000 people, which grows to over 1.5 million during the Festival.


  • The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August is the largest in the world, attracting over 3000 international performers.


  • The city's Hogmanay (or New Year) celebrations are also the biggest in the world, ending with a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.


  • Edinburgh was the first UNESCO World City of Literature. J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in "The Elephant House" cafe in Edinburgh.


  • Famous people born in Edinburgh include: Sean Connery, Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tony Blair, Ian Rankin, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


  • The city's airport hosts almost 9 million visitors every year, with flights from over 100 destinations around the world. Flights from London take just 1 hour.


  • Edinburgh University is one of the oldest universities in the world, dating back to 1582. Charles Darwin studied Medicine here from October 1825.


  • Edinburgh's economy is the strongest in the UK after London, worth around £11bn per year.