Finding us

Find out where we are located and how to get to us.

Our locations

The School of Physics and Astronomy is housed in two locations in Edinburgh:

Both are situated close to each other, about 2 miles south of Edinburgh city centre.

How to get to us

From Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) lies to the north-west of the city and is served by a large range of domestic and international carriers. 


A journey to JCMB or ROE takes about 20–30 minutes (longer at peak times) and will cost around £15-£20.


A tram service connects Edinburgh Airport with the city centre, running at least every 10 minutes from early morning until late night. Get off at Princes Street and then catch 41 bus for The Mound direct to King's Buildings campus, see below for more details. 


Airlink 100 runs from the airport terminal to the city centre. This is a limit stop express bus running every 10 minutes, 24 hours per day. Get off the bus on Shandwick Place then walk to Princes Street and take bus 41 direct to King's Building campus, see below for more details.

Edinburgh Airport

Airport Bus and Lothian Buses (city bus 41)

Edinburgh Trams

From Edinburgh Waverley railway station

Edinburgh's principal railway station, Edinburgh Waverley (EDB), is well placed on the UK rail network and is served by a number of rail operators. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city.


The taxi rank is on Market Street, follow signs in station.  A black cab will cost around £12-£15 and should take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.


See below for details about buses from the city centre.

National Rail Enquiries

Bus from the city centre

There are a number of Lothian Buses bus services from the city centre to the King's Buildings campus, where JCMB is located. ROE is then a short walk from JCMB. Tickets cost £1.80 per journey cash (no change given).

Lothian Buses

Service 41: The most direct bus from the city centre is service 41, which you can take from Princes Street (near Airbus 100 stop and Princes Street tram stop) and The Mound (beside Royal Scottish Academy which is a five minute walk from Waverley Station). This bus runs approximately every 10 minutes during the day and has a stop near the ROE before terminating at Merchiston House bus stop on the King’s Building campus.  This service also  passes Potterrow and Buccleuch Street, where the George Square Central campus is located.

Services 42 and 67: also depart from The Mound and both stop just outside the King's Buildings campus on Mayfield Road. These services are less frequent.

Service 24: Departs from Lothian Road (west end of Princes Street) and stops just outside King's Building campus on Mayfield Road.