Accommodation and Travel

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Informatics, Crichton Street Informatics Forum, School of Informatics, Crichton Street, next to George Square.


University accommodation is available through Edinburgh First at Pollock Halls of Residence. Prices for Bed & Breakfast range from £37.50 for 2 star without ensuite through £47.50 and £69 for 2 and 3 star ensuite, to £119 for luxury at the Salisbury Green Hotel. Please contact the Bed and Breakfast Team on 0131 651 2007 or email them at Pollock Halls are set in landscaped grounds next to Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, about 20 minutes' walk from the Informatics Forum.

One of the RF09 organisers, Florance Kennedy, has a 2-bed flat available until 5 August. It is extremely close to the Informatics Forum and all tourist attractions. Ideal if you are considering extending your stay over the weekend. £70 a night for the flat or £40 each for separate bookings, or £385 for the week.

The Scottish Youth Hostel Association has two hostels in Edinburgh both within walking/bus distance of the venue. There are numerous other backpacker-type hostels in the city if you are happy to share sleeping space.

The Edinburgh Tourist Information centre and Visit Scotland can also provide information on accommodation availability.

Nearby the Premier Inn and Best Western on Lauriston Place are close to the University


Travel By Rail

All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the west end. Walking from Waverley to the central University areas takes approximately 15 minutes, and there are good bus connections to take you further afield.

For comprehensive train information contact National Rail Enquiries on + 44 (0) 8457 48 49 50. They will be able to give you journey details for the whole of the UK, and direct you to the relevant train companies to book tickets.

More general travel information can be found at Traveline Scotland available on 0870 860 2 860.

Travel By Air

Edinburgh International Airport has regular services to many UK and international destinations. There is a dedicated bus service that runs from the airport to Waverley bridge (next to the station); the journey usually takes 25 minutes and tickets cost £3.00 single and £5.00 return.

The Edinburgh Shuttle operates a frequent, on-demand mini-coach service between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre. Departs every 10-20 minutes to any address within the city centre zone. |

There is a taxi rank outside the airport, in normal traffic it costs about £15 to get to the city center.

For more information on flights, telephone Edinburgh Airport on +44 (0)131 333 0000 or visit KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, or EasyJet.

Travel By Car

Route information for drivers can be found at the RAC Route Planner or AA Route Planner services.

The University of Edinburgh is accessible by car but parking is limited in some areas. Please contact The University of Edinburgh Parking Office on +44 (0)131 650 2238 or email if you have any queries.

The central area of the University is based around Chambers Street, Nicolson Street, and George Square, which can all be seen on this map.

Visitors using the A1 can approach the University following the City Bypass (A720), turn off at the A701 junction until it becomes Mayfield Road (The Science and Engineering Faculty) and continue straight ahead until through Causewayside until you reach the central area.

Travel By Bus

Lothian Buses provide transport across Edinburgh, including the Airport Bus. The route map details the buses around Edinburgh. You want the 41, 42, or 67 buses.

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