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Edinburgh Travel and Tourist Information

SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

With an excellent internal air, rail and road network, getting to Edinburgh from within the UK has never been easier.

By Plane
Edinburgh has one of the UK’s fastest growing airports and new flights are always being added. At the EICC, we have the luxury of being located right in the heart of the city and within10km (6 miles) of Edinburgh International Airport. For more information on what flights fly to Edinburgh visit Edinburgh Airport. For information on transfers from the airport to the city centre, see Local Buses below.

By Train
Edinburgh has two railway stations – Waverley and Haymarket. Waverley is the main station and has direct routes to many cities across the country, including over 25 daily departures from London. For more information on the rail network within the UK click here or visit National Rail.

By Bus
Edinburgh’s main bus terminal is located near to St Andrew Square. Bus connections stretch right across the UK. For details of these routes visit: National Express or City Link. For information on local bus services throughout Edinburgh visit: Lothian Buses.

By Local Bus
Marketing Edinburgh, Convention Bureau have negotiated on behalf of all attendees a special discount for bus travel with Edinburgh & Lothian buses.  Not only are delegates entitled to reduced fares on the Airlink bus ticket, but also on the exciting city sightseeing bus tours.  The link allows delegates to book and print their Airlink bus tickets as well as their sightseeing ticket, before they arrive in the city!

To make use of this discount, please use this link: Air Link Discount Tours

The Airlink 100 operates a frequent bus service (every 10 minutes at peak times) between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre, with designated stops en route. Regular bus services start at 04.45 and run until 00.22 at night. Journey time is 20 minutes with tickets costing £4.50 single and £7.50 return (prices correct at the time of publication).

A tram system has also been put into place which runs from the airport into the city centre. Tickets are £5.50 from the airport into the city centre (£8.50 return, Day Ticket £9.00), and £1.60 for City Zone travel (£3.20 return, Day Ticket £4.00).  For routes and times, please use this link: Tram Information.

Delegates are advised to disembark at Haymarket for both Airlink and Tram and to follow signs for EICC on foot (5 minute walk). See City Centre Map for directions.

The N22 bus also departs from STAND 19 and runs every half an hour through the night until the Airlink service starts again. For more information about these services visit Fly by Bus.

By Taxi
There is an excellent taxi service direct from the airport to the city. You'll find official airport taxis at the taxi rank outside the terminal building (follow the signs within the airport). It costs approximately £15 to get a taxi from the airport to the city centre and the journey takes 20 minutes depending on traffic flow and time of day.

By Car
The EICC is right in the centre of Edinburgh. The main entrance is on Morrison Street. For directions from your home or office visit multi-map and input EH38EE for the destination postcode.

There are many car parks in close walking distance to the EICC.

National Car Parks (NCP) Central Edinburgh

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh Car Park Parking is available on the bottom two floors of the adjacent One Spa building which can be accessed from West Approach Road.

Semple Street Car Park (300 meters from EICC)

Things To Do

Surprises around every corner
It’s a waterfront city dominated by steep, volcanic crags. It’s an ancient and elegant city, with a vibrant and youthful cultural life. It’s a granite city with a warm heart and a legendary sense of Scottish hospitality. Edinburgh is full of delightful contradictions waiting to surprise you around every corner. There is so much to see and do while you are here in Edinburgh.

To help you decide what to take in during your stay visit Visit Scotland. Here you can make up an itinerary based on your length of stay, city highlights, top beaches, or best views.

An alternative site is This is Edinburgh - this site is packed with information on what you can see and do while you are in the city.  

Whatever you do, we believe you will quickly discover why Edinburgh is called the 'Inspiring Capital'. Below are some more useful links to help you plan your visit to Edinburgh.

Walking Tours
Auld Reekie Tours
Mercat Tours
The Real Mary King's Close
Saints & Sinners Tours

Edinburgh Festival & King's Theatre
Edinburgh Playhouse
Usher Hall

Scottish Bus Tours
Rabbies Trail Burners
Scotline Tours
Timberbush Tours
Boat Tour
Royal Edinburgh Ticket (touring Royal attractions)

Sporting Activities
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Fishing in Scotland
Scottish Golf Courses

Edinburgh Rewards Passport Discounts
Delegates will receive a map that entitles them to discounts in participating bars, restaurants and shops.

Car Rental

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Hertz Car Rental is the official car rental agency for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code PC#XXXXXX. The PC# must be on your advance reservation to receive this special offer. You must present this COUPON at the time of rental in order to receive this discount. 

When booking from International Hertz locations, the PC # must be entered with the letters PC before the number, i.e. PC137480. You will receive 15% off qualifying Affordable rates at participating locations in Edinburgh, Scotland. You must present this coupon (PDF) at the time of rental in order to receive this discount. View coupon in advance for Important Rental Information.

Reserve a car online

Contact Hertz via phone:

 • In the United States call the Hertz International Reservation Center at 1-800-654-3001
 • In Europe and Asia call a Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent
 • This special offer is available for rentals from June 20 - July 15, 2016.