Student Guide

Our Student Ridacard is a ‘must have’ for savings-savvy students. It’s the best value travel option if you’re studying in the city. Here’s the key information you need to know.

Why is buying our Student Ridacard a no-brainer?

Quite simply, it’s much cheaper than paying for bus tickets every day. Ridacard offers you unlimited travel across our network on:

  • Lothian city buses
  • NightBus services
  • Airport buses
  • Lothian Country
  • East Coast Buses (city zones a & b)
  • Edinburgh Trams

How much could you save with Ridacard?

Let’s cut to the chase – exactly how much could you save with Ridacard?

If you make 10 single journeys in one week, it’ll cost you £17.00. Set up a monthly Student Ridacard Direct Debit (our best value option) and you’ll save around £23.00 per month – just think what you could do with that money!

We offer the following advance purchase options:

1 week

£ 16
  • Top up at any of our Travelshops or at a PayPoint retailer

4 week

£ 48
  • Top up at any of our Travelshops or at a PayPoint retailer

Monthly

Direct Debit
£ 42
  • No need to top-up with monthly direct debit payments
  • One-off £65 payment followed by a monthly direct debit of £42
BEST VALUE

Annual

£ 560
  • Top up at any of our Travelshops or at a PayPoint retailer

Please note that a card issue fee of £3.00 is payable. Once you’ve bought your Ridacard, one-week and four-week top-up tickets can be bought from our Travelshops and at 250 PayPoint retailers throughout the city.

Am I eligible for a Student Ridacard?

You are eligible for a Student Ridacard if you are:

  • A pupil in one of the secondary schools in our area
  • A full-time student in possession of a valid photo-ID Matriculation Card

You qualify if you are a student at:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Edinburgh Theological Seminary
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Newbattle Abbey College
  • Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
  • SRUC (formerly Scottish Agricultural College)
  • Edinburgh College (formerly Edinburgh's Telford College, Jewel & Esk College and Stevenson College)
  • University of Edinburgh

Ridacards are programmed to expire on the same day your Matriculation Card is due for renewal. If yours has run out, just take your new Matriculation Card to one of our Travelshops and we’ll set you up with a brand new Ridacard.

How do I buy a Student Ridacard?

Pop into one of our Travelshops (you’ll find them at Waverley Bridge, Hanover Street and Haymarket) with your matriculation card and we’ll sort it out for you. You’ll receive your new Ridacard there and then and be able to use it right away. You can pay by direct debit monthly or buy top-ups from the Travelshops or at one of 250 PayPoint retailers around the city.

What buses go to my campus?

This guide tells you which bus routes will get you to your campus from all areas of the city.

You might also find information about airport services, our popular app and ticket options helpful.

Edinburgh Napier University

Merchiston & Marchmont Campuses

From The Bridges and Newington: bus service 5
From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 11, 15/X15, 16, 23, 36, 45, NightBuses N11 & N16

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

Sighthill Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, 36, Skylink 300 or tram NightBuses N22, N25 & N34
From Edinburgh Airport: Skylink 300 or tram
From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: bus services 2, 12, 18, 20, 21, 22, 36, 63, Skylink 300 or tram
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

Service 36 links all Napier Campuses every 20 minutes!

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

Queen Margaret University

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

Edinburgh College

Granton Campus

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

Milton Road Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 5, 44, X113, 104 or 113
From East Lothian: bus service 44, X44 & 113
NightBuses from city centre : N44 (N106 Sat/Sun only)

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 service 29
From Musselburgh and Whitecraig: bus service 40

Sighthill Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: bus services 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, 36, Skylink 300 or tram NightBuses N22, N25 & N34
From Edinburgh Airport: Skylink 300 or tram
From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: bus services 2, 12, 18, 20, 21, 22, 36 & 63, Skylink 300 or tram
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

Edinburgh Theological Seminary

Buses to Princes Street and short walk
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

SRUC

Edinburgh Campus – 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.

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, 41, 42, 45, 67 and Skylink 300
From Surgeons’ Hall: bus services 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, X29, 30, 31, X31, 33, 37, X37, 47/X47 and 49

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

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 minute walk.

Easter Bush

From Edinburgh City Centre: bus service 15/X15, 37, X47, 67
From Morningside: bus service 15/X15
From Edinburgh University Central area: bus service 67

And finally...

One of the great things about being a student in Edinburgh is the chance to really get to know the place, make new friends and enjoy life to the full in one of the world’s great capital cities. We’ve covered as much ground as we think you’ll need to sort out your travel arrangements, but if you’ve got a question and cannot find the answer here, please let us know. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or ask our Customer Services team who will be happy to help you.