Welcome students!

Welcome to the student guide to Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams, designed to give you all the information you need to get around Edinburgh (without spending more than you have to!). Check out information specific to your college or uni and let our FREE app get you where you need to be with real time bus and tram information.

Unlimited travel with STUDENT RIDACARD

  • Use it on Lothian Buses, Airlink, NightBus and Edinburgh Trams
  • from £1.39 per day
  • Advance purchase and monthly direct debit available
  • NEW 9-month Student Ridacard available - hurry, this can only be purchased at our Travelshops from now until 31st October 2016

Are you eligible for a Student RIDACARD? Find out now

One week Advance Purchase 1 week
Four week Advance Purchase 4 week
9 month £390
only available to purchase until 31 October 2016
Annual Advance Purchase Annual
Best value Direct Debit. Initial, one-off payment of £65, followed by regular monthly payments of:
  Direct Debit Monthly

Student Ridacards subject to eligibility requirements

How do I buy a Ridacard?

  • Download, print and complete the application form below, or pick one up from one of our Travelshops. Direct Debit customers should also complete Form 2.
  • Pop into one of our Travelshops - Hanover Street, Waverley Bridge or Dalkeith.
  • Choose your Ridacard - (e.g. advance purchase or Direct Debit). A card issue fee (currently £3) is payable when a card is first issued or subsequently replaced
  • Once you have a Ridacard, one week and four week “top-ups” can be purchased either from our Travelshops or from one of the 250 Agents within our operating area. Find your nearest PayPoint agent.

Information about your campus



The University of Edinburgh

Potterrow & George Square

From Edinburgh City Centre: bus service 41, 42 and 67
Please note: due to the central location of Potterrow & George Square several other options are available with a short walk.

From Forrest Rd and Bristo Place: bus services 2, 23, 27, 35, 41, 42, 45, and 67
From Surgeons' Hall: bus services 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, X29, 30, 31, X31, 33, 37, X37, 47/X47, 49 and 60

Plan your journey

Old College

From city centre: bus services 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, X29, 30, 31, X31, 33, 37, X37, 47 and 49
From Leith: bus services 7, 14, 49
From Midlothian: bus services 3, 29, X29, 31, X31, 33, 37, X37, 47, 49 and 67

Plan your journey

Kings Buildings

From city centre: bus services 24, 41, 42 and 67
From North West Edinburgh (Granton, Balgreen, Gorgie, Morningside): bus service 38
All bus services operating to and from Cameron Toll at Craigmillar Park serve the campus with a 10-min walk

Plan your journey

Easter Bush

From Edinburgh City Centre: bus service 15, 37, X47, 67
From Morningside: bus service 15
From Edinburgh University Central area: bus service 67

Plan your journey


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Edinburgh Napier University

Merchiston & Marchmont Campuses

From The Bridges and Newington: bus service 5
From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, NightBuses N11 & N16

Plan your journey

Craiglockhart campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 4, 10, 27, 36, 45
From Morningside: bus service 36
From Wester Hailes: bus service 18
From Hermiston Park & Ride and Currie: bus service 45
From the South (Gilmerton, Gracemount, Fairmilehead, Oxgangs): bus service 18

From Haymarket: bus service 4


Plan your journey


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Heriot Watt University

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 25, 34, 45
From Edinburgh Park, South Queensferry, Kirkliston and Newbridge: bus service 63
Nightbus from city centre: N25, N34

Plan your journey


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Queen Margaret University

From Edinburgh city centre: bus service 30 and 45
Nightbus from city centre: N30

Plan your journey


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Edinburgh College

Granton Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 8, 14, 16, 24, X29, X37, 47, X47, 113, Skylink 200
From Leith: bus services 16, Skylink 200
From the West: bus services 32, 38, Skylink 200
Nightbus from city centre: N16

Plan your journey

Milton Road Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 5, 44, X44, 104 or 113
From East Lothian: bus service 44/44A, X44 & 113
Nightbuses from city centre : N44 (Saturday & Sunday mornings only)

Plan your journey

Midlothian Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus service 29 and 49 to Tesco Hardengreen

From Dalkeith and Bonnyrigg: bus services 39, 40, 49
From Penicuik, Roslin and Loanhead: bus service 40
From Gorebridge & Newtongrange: bus services 29 and 39
From Musselburgh and Whitecraig: bus service 40

Plan your journey

Sighthill Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: tram or bus services 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, 35, 36, NightBuses N22, N25 & N34

From Edinburgh Airport: tram or bus service 35
From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: trams or bus services 2, 12, 18, 20, 21, 22, 35, 36 & 63
From Wester Hailes: bus services 3, 18, 20 & 21
From the North (Clermiston, Ferry Rd, Leith): bus service 21
From South Queensferry/Kirkliston/Newbridge: bus service 63

Plan your journey


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Edinburgh Theological Seminary (formerly Free Church of Scotland College)

Buses to Princes Street and short walk

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From Morningside: bus service 23
From Polwarth: bus service 27
From Marchmont: bus service 41
From Canonmills or Inverleith: bus services 23/27
From Queensferry Road: bus services 41/42
From Stockbridge: bus service 42

Plan your journey


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Plan your journey

Whether you’re heading to campus to study or are planning a night out, let our Journey Planner help get you where you need to be.

See our full route map here and our NightBus network here. All Lothian Buses timetables are available here.

Plan a journey now


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Airport services

If you’re arriving into Edinburgh via Edinburgh Airport check out our express Airlink 100 service to Edinburgh City Centre (24 hrs) and Skylink 200 service to North Edinburgh (04:55 to midnight).

Ridacard holders enjoy unlimited access to Airlink and Edinburgh Trams. 


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Download the app

Want to plan your journeys on the move and know when your bus or tram is due? You need the FREE Transport for Edinburgh app.

The app uses real-time information and can save your regular journeys so you'll never be late for lectures or a night out.

You can also use the app to buy m-tickets so you'll never have to worry about having the exact change for the bus again. 

Find out more about how the app works and how to download it here.

The Transport for Edinburgh app


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Tickets & Ridacards

Choose from our flexible range of fares for bus and tram to get you around the city. Buy your ticket from your bus driver, at a tram ticket vending machine or as an m-ticket with the free Transport for Edinburgh app. Read on for more information about Ridacard which offers regular travellers the best value for money.


Single tickets

  • Ideal for infrequent users on board buses and Edinburgh Trams (City Fare zone only)
  • Price: £1.60
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card: Free
  • Transport Scotland Young Persons Bus Concession Card holders can travel on Lothian Buses for £1.05 single fare. 


  • Unlimited travel on our day buses and Edinburgh Trams (City Fare zone only) for one day
  • Price: £4.00


  • Perfect after a night out, or for getting somewhere (very) early
  • All Night Ticket: £3.00
  • With Ridacard: FREE

Your NIGHTticket can be used on multiple NightBus services.


  • Like DAYticket but valid after 1800hrs and on day & NightBus services until 0430hrs
  • Price: £3.50

For information about all Lothian Buses' fares, including Airlink and Family DAYtickets click here, or for information about all tram fares, including trips to Edinburgh Airport click here.


If you're looking to keep travel costs down there's no better option than our Student Ridacard, from just £40 per month. See how much you could save.

Find out more here or come and see us at a Travelshop today to get your Ridacard.

Find out more

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Got a question?

Hopefully you've found this page useful and don't forget, you can browse the rest of the Lothian Buses website here and Edinburgh Trams website here.

To see our frequency asked questions click here.

Can't find the answer to your question? For details on how to get in touch with our Customer Services team please click here.

Come and see us at one of our Travelshops to ask a question or to buy your Ridacard.

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