This page contains everything you need to know about travelling to an event at ICMS, including with things you should attend to before booking your trip. Local information is given first.
Finding ICMS in Edinburgh
The map linked above shows the location of the ICMS headquarters at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh in relation to city centre landmarks. Edinburgh has a compact city centre and ICMS is within reasonable walking distance of the main rail and bus stations. In the second half of 2018 ICMS will be relocating to the newly-built Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT. It is very close to our current location and all of the information below will continue to be relevant.
N.B. We regularly hold events at other venues in the city. If you are attending an ICMS workshop or other event, please check the location on the web page for the event you are attending. Each event's page should give directions specific to its venue if it is not in our own building.
Arriving by Car and Parking
ICMS does not have its own car park. There is limited on-street parking in the area. It is expensive and designed for short stays. If, however, you have a Blue Badge for disabled parking the charges are waived.
There are two car parks within walking distance of ICMS. One is in Blackfriars Street, just off the Royal Mile and the other is in the at St John's Hill, on the Pleasance. This list shows all city centre car parks, has links to maps for each one and realtime information about the spaces available.
For more information on parking see the City of Edinburgh Council parking web page.
Bus Travel in Edinburgh
There are two bus companies in Edinburgh. Links to their sites are given below. Both sites carry timetables.
The buses in Edinburgh are not equipped to give change. You should carry selection of coins in order to have the exact fare.
- Lothian Buses
The largest bus company in Edinburgh. Routes 2, 3, 5, 7, 14, 23, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 41, 42, 45, 47, 67 and 300 all pass close to ICMS. The fare for any single journey is a £1.70. An all-day pass costs £4.00.
- First Edinburgh
First Edinburgh also provide some local bus services in the city and the surrounding towns. Many of their routes will take you to South Bridge and Nicolson Street, which are not far from ICMS. Fares on these buses vary according to distance and are around £1.70.
Getting to Edinburgh
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.
Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.
Edinburgh International Airport serves many UK and international cities. When travelling a great distance is sometimes cheaper or more efficient to travel via Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dublin or other European hubs instead of changing at London airports. Your travel agent should be able to advise you. Otherwise try visiting airline websites such as:
Information about flights is also available by telephone from Edinburgh Airport on +44 (0)131 333 0000.
Taxis are available from the airport. The journey to the city centre will cost around £18 to £22 pounds.
The airport bus service stops at a limited number of places, including Haymarket, en route to Waverley Bridge in the city centre. The journey takes around 25 minutes and a return ticket costs £7.50 (single £4.50). The Lothian Buses Airport services webpage has timetable information.
You will find lots of useful information at these two websites
Contact National Rail Enquiries on + 44 (0) 8457 48 49 50 for routes, timetables and booking information.
Edinburgh has several railway stations. Waverley Station is at the east end of Princes Street and is most convenient for visiting ICMS at 15 South College Street whether you continue by taxi, by bus or on foot. You can get a number of buses on Princes Street (opposite the Scott Monument) to South Bridge or Nicolson Street. Please consult the Lothian Buses website for full details of services.
Road Travel By Bus
Many UK towns and cities are linked by a network of bus routes. The main operators are: