Edinburgh is an extremely accessible city with excellent air, rail and bus links.
Trains (National Express) from London Kings Cross leave every hour, with a journey time scheduled at around 4.5 hours. National Express trains travel up the east coast line and their website is www.eastcoast.co.uk.
Virgin trains provide direct cross country services to many other cities in England. The Virgin trains website is http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/ .
Edinburgh's principal railway terminus is Waverley Station, less than 10 minute walk from The Royal College of Physicians. There is also Haymarket Station, at the west end of Princes Street where trains from the West Coast or from Glasgow will also stop.
Coaches arrive in St Andrews Square, located almost directly across Princes Street from the Waverley Train Station. St Andrews Square is a 5 minute walk from The Royal College of Physicians.
There are frequent services from London Victoria Bus Station to Edinburgh. Further information can be obtained from National Express or telephone 08717 818178 .
Edinburgh Airport (tel: 0844 448 8833 / web: www.edinburghairport.com) has direct flights to most UK airports and to most European capitals. It is located about a 20 minute drive west of the city centre. See below for information on travelling from the airport to the city centre.
Travelling from the airport to the city centre
There is a frequent shuttle service from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre Airlink (£6 return fare, journey time 25-30 mins). Discounted tickets for the Airlink bus (£5.50 return) are available in advance from the Edinburgh Convention Bureau. Buy the ticket by clicking here.
A taxi from the airport to Edinburgh city centre should take approximately 20-30 minutes and cost around £20 depending on the time of day.
Travel within Edinburgh
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 system and work on the new tram system is ongoing, but it does have a frequent and comprehensive bus service.
The main operator within Edinburgh is Lothian Regional Transport. Their website is www.lothianbuses.com tel: 0131 555 6363. Please note LRT buses do not give change and a single journey anywhere within the city centre costs £1.50. A day ticket which offers unlimited travel on their buses for one day costs £3.50.