Edinburgh 2019



Getting to Edinburgh


Road Travel

Travelling west, Edinburgh to Glasgow can take just over an hour along the M8, Manchester and Birmingham 4 and 6 hours from M6 respectively, travelling from the north it will take approximately 2.5 hours from Aberdeen and 3.5 hours from Inverness, travelling along the east coast via A1 Newcastle 2.5 hours, York 4 hours, from M1 (A1) Sheffield or Nottingham 4.5 or 5 hours respectively



Edinburgh Waverley – walking distance of 0.25 miles from the Assembly Rooms. Scot Rail offers full service across Scotland to Edinburgh. Edinburgh is on the east coast main line with a frequent service from London King’s Cross (LNER approximately 4.5 hours) and from Inverness (3.5 hours). Cross Country and northern offer rail services from Penzance, which covers the West Country, Yorkshire, Midlands.

Caledonian Sleeper is a popular overnight service operating between Edinburgh and London (Euston) every night (except Saturday). With a range of accommodation types, guests can wake up in Edinburgh refreshed and ready to start their day. For more information and to book visit


Air Travel

The Airport is 7 miles from the city centre. There is a tram service (35 minutes) to the city centre.

From USA & Canada

You can fly directly from the USA to Edinburgh from New York or Chicago. From Canada Air Canada Rouge flies to Toronto twice a week from Edinburgh Airport, with a flight time of roughly 71⁄2 hours From London

Edinburgh is well served by all of London’s main airports served by flight operators such as British airways, Easyjet, Ryanair and Flybe

From Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland

Edinburgh airport welcomes regular flights from both Belfast and Dublin, served by Flybe, Easyjet, Ryanair & Aer Lingus

From the rest of UK

Flybe flies from Edinburgh to many other UK city airports, including Birmingham, East Midlands, Exeter, Liverpool, Manchester, Newquay, Norwich and Southampton. You can also fly from Bristol with Easyjet.


Getting around the city

Edinburgh is compact and most attractions are within reasonable walking distance of Princes Street and the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is the spine of Old Town with Edinburgh Castle at the top and The Palace of Holyrood at the bottom. Princes Street runs parallel to the Royal Mile and is a short walk away. Princes Street is the main street in Edinburgh and separates "The Old Town" and "The New Town". Please note that there are a lot of cobbled streets so wear flat shoes –plan your routes


TRAM - WiFi friendly trams run across the city centre. For ticket prices and to plan your journey visit the website


TAXI – to travel further across the city, taxis can enter most places in Edinburgh including the Castle Esplanade. For more information and advice, contact City Cabs (+44 (0) 131 228 1211) or Central Taxis (+44 (0) 131 229 2468)


BUS – Lothian Buses operate the public bus service. There is a night bus service that runs until 4.30 am.



There is no parking at the conference venue. There is on street parking using parking meters during the day (although this is expensive). The nearest car park is a long stay at Edinburgh Waverley, New Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BB



Conference Venue

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

54 George Street



Tel: (+44 (0) 131 220 4348



Dinner Venue

Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Road



Tel. (+44 (0) 131 550 7800


Delegates to make own way there (5-10 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes walk from city centre).

At the close of the evening we have arranged coach pick at 11.45 pm and 12.30 am from Dynamic Earth to Edinburgh Waverley








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