CAV 2005: Local and Travel Information

  1. Welcome to Edinburgh
  2. Weather Report
  3. Getting to Edinburgh
  4. Travel within Edinburgh
  5. Conference Venue

Welcome to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, also called the Athens of the North. It is one of the greenest and architecturally most beautiful cities in Northern Europe. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the lofty buildings of its medieval Old Town, as they tumble down the spine of the Royal Mile, to the grace of its Georgian New Town. Above it all, in its towering splendour, stands the Castle. Over 2 million visitors enjoy Edinburgh every year. They come not only for the architecture, but also for a city rich in social, cultural, learning and sporting facilities. Each year the city plays host to internationally renowned events such as the Edinburgh International Arts, Fringe, Film, TV and Science Festivals. But more than just a tourist attraction, with a population of 500,000, it is a thriving commercial and financial centre, the site of the new Scottish Parliament and a gateway to the coastline, hills and open country of the Scottish Highlands.

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Getting to Edinburgh

By air

Edinburgh is served primarily by Edinburgh Airport; Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Airport are feasible alternatives.

Edinburgh Airport is situated 13km to the west of the city. Destinations with direct flights to Edinburgh include Dublin, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, Brussels, all London airports and many other UK and European airports.

There is now also a daily direct flight to Edinburgh from New York (Continental Airlines, from Newark).

From Edinburgh airport to the city center:
Travel from the airport into Edinburgh by taxi costs approximately £15 - £20, approximate journey time 30 mins (unless in rush-hour).
For a less expensive, and very efficient, option we would suggest using the frequent Airlink bus from the Airport to the city center, operated by Lothian Region Transport, £3.30 single or £5 return, journey time 30 mins. Airlink buses run during the following times: From the Airlink bus stop in the city center, you can walk or take a taxi to your hotel.

For further information:

Glasgow airport is about an hour's drive from Edinburgh, with frequent rail and bus transfers. See the Glasgow airport website for details.
Prestwick Airport, served by Ryanair, is not in Glasgow despite the fact that its official name in Glasgow Prestwick airport. Travel to Edinburgh by rail or bus takes about 2 hours.

For further details please see: This gives you information about bus and train travel to Edinburgh, including special offers on rail travel.

By rail

Travel from the South and East travel with GNER (minimum travel times to Edinburgh from other UK cities include: 3hrs 59mins from London, 2hrs 16mins from York and 1hr 23mins from Newcastle). For travel from the South and West travel with Virgin. ScotRail run services from other cities in Scotland and Northern England, and also run a sleeper service from London Euston.
For further information (note that numbers beginning 0345 and 0845 are for use within the UK only):

By coach

National Express online
Day and overnight coaches operate regularly between Edinburgh St. Andrew Square bus station and London Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes 8 hours and 30 minutes and costs approximately £25 for a return journey.

National Express Inquiries +44 (0) 141 331 1341

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By road

Journey time from London, via the M1 and M6 Motorways, is approximately 8 hours.

By ferry

DFDS Seaways:

DFDS Seaways sail into Newcastle (2 hours' drive to Edinburgh) from Germany, Sweden and Holland.

North Sea Ferries
North Sea Ferries sail into Hull (5 hours' drive to Edinburgh) from Belgium and Holland. They operate crossings from Belfast and Larne to Stanraer and Troon (1.5 hours drive from Edinburgh). They also operate crossings to Newcastle from Norway and Sweden.
North Sea Ferries +44 (0) 1482 377 177

Car Hire

The following car hire companies have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Company Location
Edinburgh Airport Edinburgh City Centre Glasgow Airport Glasgow City Centre
Avis +44 (0)131 344 3900 +44 (0)131 337 6363 +44 (0)141 842 7599 +44 (0)141 221 2827
Arnold Clark N/A +44 (0) 131 228 4747 N/A +44 (0)845 607 4500 N/A N/A online booking only N/A
Europcar +44 (0)131 333 2588 +44 (0)131 557 3456 +44 (0)141 887 0414 +44 (0)141 248 8788
Hertz +44 (0)131 333 1019 +44 (0)870 846 0013 +44 (0)141 887 2451 +44 (0)141 248 7736
National Car Rental +44 (0)870 191 0553 +44 (0)131 337 8686 +44 (0)870 191 0551 +44 (0)141 204 1051

Air Travel links

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Travel within Edinburgh

General tips for getting around Edinburgh

The conference venue is in Appleton Tower, in the city centre, and Edinburgh's city centre is compact, so you may find that walking is the best way to get around. Edinburgh does not have an underground or tram system, but it does have a frequent (though erratic) and comprehensive bus service. The main operator within Edinburgh is Lothian Buses. Be warned that LRT buses do not give change! The normal fare for a journey is 80 pence. Return tickets are not issued, but you can buyl a day saver for £2.30 which will allow you to travel unlimited for the entire day. Taxis are also easy to find on most major thoroughfares.

For further information: Here are some numbers for local taxi companies:

Parking in Edinburgh and at the University

Parking in Edinburgh Centre is difficult, with no free parking. You will have to go for one of the big car parks or else feed the meter. This is quite expensive. Look for areas marked “Tickets and Regulations” and avoid areas marked “Residents’permit”. Parking violations cost at least £30 and the traffic wardens (“Blue Meanies”) are vigilant!

Parking around Appleton Tower and George Square: There are public parking places or meters, but they are expensive. We recommend you come to this area by either bus or taxi or on foot. There is however a large car park in front of Appleton Tower.

Conference Venue

The conference CAV 2005 and the affiliated workshops will be held at Appleton Tower Lecture Theatres in George Square. These lecture theatres are all located from the lobby and concourse level of Appleton Tower. The precise allocation of events-to-rooms is available on the conference program.

Appleton Tower (AT) is highlighted in the following map. It is a grey ~10 storey building and is easily identifiable because it is undeniably one of the ugliest buildings in all of Edinburgh-- a real eyesore (here's a picture). Registration will be held in the Appleton Tower concourse (through the main entrance).