The two bus services from the city centre that run closest to the Royal Observatory site are the Lothian Buses services 24 and 41. A good selection of other buses stop within a 10-15 minute walk from the site.
Catching the Service 24 or 41
These buses are normally caught from the Princes Street and Waverley rail station areas at Hanover Street or the Mound, however both services are currently subject to diversion in this area due to on-going tram works on Princes Street. See the Lothian Buses website for up to date information about these services.
The route of the service 41 has two different branches. One terminates at the King's Buildings, and the most suitable point to depart this service is the first stop on Blackford Avenue after the junction with West Savile Terrace and Charterhall Road. If you use the other branch of the service 41, or the service 24, then you should depart the bus on Blackford Avenue just before the junction with West Savile Terrace and Charterhall Road. Once you depart these services, head south-east along Blackford Avenue and then up Observatory Road to the Observatory. (Note that this is quite a steep climb!)
Catching other buses
The Royal Observatory is a few minutes walk from the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB). Use our instructions for getting to JCMB from the city centre. Once in the proximity of the King's Buildings site, you should head west along West Mains Road, then onto Observatory Road which leads directly to the Observatory. (Note that this is quite a steep climb!)
- Show the main exit from Waverley Station
- Show where to get off if using the service 24 or 41
- See instructions for getting to the nearby JCMB from the city centre