Get to Heriot-Watt by public transport

Bus at Heriot-Watt

There’s a lot to be said for using public transport to get to and from campus.

Hopping on a bus or train means you avoid the time and costs of running a private car, finding parking spaces and so on. You can even use the journey time to catch up on work!

Of course you’ll be doing a big favour to the environment too – the harmful emissions from cars are far higher per person than you get from buses or trains.

Heriot-Watt is particularly well served by public transport, and more and more of our students and staff are choosing to avoid the stress and expense of driving in each day.

These are your options…


Lothian Buses offers a number of local services which pass by the campus: you can catch the 25, 34, 45 and N25. Service 25 is the most frequent – it leaves Edinburgh city centre every 10 minutes (15 minutes after 8pm), and takes 30-40 minutes.

Fares from the city are £1.60 each way – you’ll need to make sure you have the exact money. If you use the bus regularly, a Ridacard can save you money.

Service 63 from South Queensferry to Hermiston Gait also stops at Heriot-Watt. This runs hourly, seven days a week.


There are 2 railway stations within walking distance of campus – Edinburgh Park and Curriehill – and there are frequent connections between both Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket. It takes about 35 minutes to walk or 10-15 minutes to cycle to campus from Edinburgh Park, or just 15 minutes to walk or 5 minutes to cycle from Curriehill.

Edinburgh Park and Curriehill services*

Journey Departure time Journey time (approx.) Peak cost (return)

Off peak cost (return)

Edinburgh Waverley to Edinburgh Park Every 10 mins 10 mins £4.10 £3.80
Edinburgh Waverley to Curriehill Every hour (26 mins past) 20 mins £4.30 £3.80
Haymarket to Edinburgh Park Every 10 mins 6 mins £4.50 £3.80
Haymarket to Curriehill Every hour (30 mins past) 15 mins £4.50 £3.80

*Check ScotRail for latest timetables and prices.
You can get discounts on rail tickets with a Young Person (16-25) Rail Card.

Longer journeys

If you need to travel further afield, national coaches run to and from St. Andrew Square bus station in Edinburgh. See Citylink or National Express for timetables and prices.

There’s also a really helpful journey planner at Traveline Scotland, which covers all forms of public transport.

You can also put together your own personal travel plan to get to Heriot-Watt.

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