Welcome to the Student Hub

Whether you’re heading to a lecture on campus, popping in for a library book or, going into town, we’ve got a ticketing option to suit you!

SINGLEticket £1.80
Valid for one journey on a day service in the city zone.
DAYticket £4.50/£4.40

The flexible DAYticket gives you unlimited journeys on any daytime Lothian Buses services for one day.

£4.50 available on bus or in our m-ticket app

 £4.40 when using contactless payments with ‘Tap Tap Cap’. Keep using the same card or device all week and once you’ve reached one of our weekly caps, which run from Monday to Sunday, you won’t pay any more for the rest of the week. Find out more on our Contactless page.

Check your journey and payment history for the last 7 days here, or visit our dedicated contactless page for more information.

How to pay for tickets?

 Travel as much as you want on our buses with the same card or device and we’ll work out the cheapest daily adult fare for you. Where you see the symbol below, this means that fares for applicable adult journeys will be automatically capped at the price stated.

Keep using the same card or device all week and once you’ve reached one of our weekly caps, which run from Monday to Sunday, you won’t pay any more for the rest of the week. Find out more on our Contactless page.

 All of our fares can be paid with contactless. You can also pay for groups – just tell the driver which tickets you need before presenting your card or device when prompted.

 Our adult tickets can be bought in advance on our m-tickets app. Some discounted ticket bundles are also available.

 Please be aware that the exact fare is needed when paying with cash on our buses because our drivers cannot give change.

Ridacard

The more you travel, the more you save. The Ridacard is a smart season ticket you can use on any Lothian service, day or night – its the perfect travel companion.

You can get your Ridacard at a TravelHub.
   
Student 5-Month Advance Purchase (available September/October only) £225
Student 9-Month Advance Purchase (available September/October only) £450
  Adult Student* Junior
(5-15 years)
1-week Advance Purchase £20 £17 £10
4-week Advance Purchase £60 £51 £30
Annual Advance Purchase £600 £510 £300
Direct Debit Monthly £56 £45 £26

*Discounted rate for eligible students with a valid matriculation card.

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; or
  • A full-time student in possession of a valid photo-ID Matriculation Card
AND you qualify if you are a student at:
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh College (formerly Edinburgh’s Telford College, Jewel & Esk College and Stevenson College)
  • SRUC (formerly Scottish Agricultural College)
  • Edinburgh Theological Seminary
  • Newbattle Abbey College
How do I buy a Student Ridacard?
Pop into a TravelHub 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 monthly direct debit subscription or buy top-ups as you need them from the TravelHub or at one of 250 PayPoint retailers around the city. Download our Ridacard Application Form

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 Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: Services 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, and 45
From Penicuik and Roslin: Service 15

Craiglockhart campus

  • From Edinburgh city centre: Services 4, 10, 27, 36, and 45
  • From Morningside: Service 36
  • From Wester Hailes: Skylink 400
  • From Hermiston Park & Ride and Currie: Service 45
  • From the South (Gilmerton, Gracemount, Fairmilehead, Oxgangs): Skylink 400

Sighthill Campus

  • From Edinburgh city centre: Tram or bus Services 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, and 35
  • From Edinburgh Airport: Tram or bus service Skylink 300 and Skylink 400
  • From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: Trams or bus Services 2, 12, 21, 22, and Skylink 300
  • From Wester Hailes: Services 3, 21, and Skylink 400
  • From the North (Clermiston, Ferry Rd, Leith): Service 21
  • Nightbus from city centre: N22, N25, and N28
  • From West Lothian: Services X27 and X28
Heriot Watt University
  • From Edinburgh city centre: Services 25, 34, 35, 45
  • Nightbus from city centre: N25
Queen Margaret University
  • From Edinburgh city centre: Services 30 and 45
  • Nightbus from city centre: N30
Edinburgh College

Granton Campus

  • From Edinburgh city centre: Services 8, 14, 16, 24, X29, X37, and 47
  • From Leith: Services 14 and 16
  • From the West: Service 38 and Skylink 200
  • Nightbus from city centre: N14 and N16

Milton Road Campus

  • From Edinburgh city centre: Services 5, 44, X44, and 113
  • From East Lothian: Service 44, X44, and 113
  • Nightbuses from city centre: N113

Midlothian Campus

  • From Edinburgh city centre: Services 29 and 49 to Tesco Hardengreen
  • From Dalkeith and Bonnyrigg: Services 49, 139, and 140
  • From Penicuik, Roslin and Loanhead: Service 140
  • From Gorebridge & Newtongrange: Service 29
  • From Musselburgh and Whitecraig: Service 140

Sighthill Campus

  • From Edinburgh city centre: Tram or bus Services 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, and 35
  • From Edinburgh Airport: Tram or Skylink 300 and 400
  • From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: Trams or bus Services 2, 12, 21, 22, and Skylink 300
  • From Wester Hailes: Services 3, 21, and Skylink 400
  • From the North (Clermiston, Ferry Rd, Leith): Service 21
  • Nightbus from city centre: N22, N25, and N28
  • From West Lothian: X27 and X28
University of Edinburgh

Potterrow & George Square

  • From Edinburgh City Centre: Services 41 and 42
    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: Services 2, 23, 27, 35, 41, 42, and 45
  • From Slateford/Fountainbridge: Service 35
  • From Surgeons’ Hall: Services 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, and 49

Service 41 Evening Ticket Offer

Available Monday to Friday during term time only, students and staff at the University of Edinburgh can travel between King’s Buildings and Potterrow in the evening for just £1.00. Find out more.

Old College

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

Kings Buildings

  • From city centre: Services 24, 41, 42 and 67
  • From North West Edinburgh (Granton, Balgreen, Gorgie, Morningside): 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: Services 37 and 47B
From Morningside: Service 15
From Edinburgh University Central area: Services 37 or 47B

Download our journey planner guide for reaching Easter Bush Campus here.

Edinburgh Theological Seminary

Buses to Princes Street (with short walk)

From Morningside: Service 23
From Polwarth: Service 27
From Marchmont: Service 41
From Canonmills or Inverleith: Services 23 and 27
From Queensferry Road: Services 41 and 42
From Stockbridge: Service 42

SRUC

Edinburgh Campus – King’s Buildings

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

West Lothian College

Edinburgh Campus – King’s Buildings

 

From Edinburgh city centre: Services X27 / X28 (short walk from Livingston Bus Terminal or connect to Service 2801/281)
From Broxburn & Uphall: Services 275/276 (short walk from Livingston Bus Terminal or connect to Service 2801/281)
From East Calder & Mid Calder: Services X27/X28 (short walk from Livingston Bus Terminal or connect to Service 2801/281)
From Livingston Bus terminal: Service 280 and 281
From Blackridge, Armadale & Bathgate: Service 280
From Fauldhouse, Whitburn and Bathgate: Service 281

New to the city? Find out what it’s like to live here from real students, or pick up some helpful hints and tips in our blog.

Carina Schroeder

Institution: Edinburgh Napier University

Year of study: 4

Course of study: BA Marketing Management

What Lothian services do you use to get around?
Buses (4, 12 & 27) to get to the campus (Skylink 300) to get to the airport, several to get into town.

How do you pay for travel?
Ridacard, because it’s the most convenient and I can top it up in most shops.

What’s your idea of a perfect day out in Edinburgh?
First I would go to Loudons or Hula to enjoy breakfast, then have a wander along the Water of Leith and go to Stockbridge Market and then have a cake there, then head to Portobello for a hot chocolate or ice cream. Once I’m back I would go to see the christmas lights (because Edinburgh is most pretty in winter and I admire all the beautifully decorated buildings.

What’s the best thing about living and studying in Edinburgh?
Everything is so close, you could walk everywhere in a couple of hours. It’s not as confusing as my home town in terms of public transport (ie no subway/trains inner city). The people are lovely and welcoming and the pub/restaurant culture is the best (although not for my wallet…).

Elpida Pehlivanidou

Institution: Edinburgh Napier University

Year of study: 4th year

Course of study: International Festival and Events Management with Tourism (BA, Hons)

What Lothian services do you use to get around?
I use Lothian Buses daily to get to and from campus as well as just getting around the city on my free time. I use the bus to get to friends flats, to go into town and on some occasions to get to IKEA. I also use the Tram to get to the airport which is very fast and easy. All in all, my experience in Edinburgh would be much more limited if I couldn’t take the bus everywhere!

How do you pay for travel?
I have a Ridacard for most of the year when University is on because it is more convenient, and I use it enough to be worth the money. Then when the year is finishing in spring I usually pay for single fares or day passes, by phone tickets, coins or contactless, depending on the activity of the day and what I have on hand.

What’s your idea of a perfect day out in Edinburgh?
A perfect day would probably be a sunny day in late spring when it’s warm enough to sit on the beach in Portobello and enjoy the sun. Or a day when me and my friends have prepared a putlock one evening and we have a nice time.

What’s the best thing about living and studying in Edinburgh?
I love the city even if it can be grey and dark sometimes, how nice and welcoming everyone is and how it’s very easy to feel at home. I really enjoy the history of the city and all the tours and attractions you can go to as well, there’s always something new to discover. I really appreciate the opportunities in my career that have arisen from studying here. Lovely city, lovely people and great memories.

Jessica McClure

Institution: Edinburgh Napier University

Year of study: Fourth Year

Course of study: International Festival & Events Management

What Lothian services do you use?
I predominantly use Lothian’s (4, 10, 27, 36 & Skylink 300) bus service to get to uni and to work. That being said, to have fun or get around the city I frequently use the 1, 2, 3 & Airlink 100. And as a foreign student I use the Tram to get to the airport/or to get home from the airport (unless my flight requires a 4am departure, in which case I take the bus.)

How do you pay for travel?
I use a Ridacard. I find it the easiest and most convenient to use as I can top it up at work and carry it around in my phone case. I am very guilty of losing ticket stubs, so keeping the Ridacard in one place sorts that. My one reoccurring problem with the Ridacard is not hearing the “your ticket expires very soon please take action asap”-beep due to having headphones in. But I have no one to blame for that but myself 😉

What’s your idea of a perfect day out in Edinburgh?
A perfect day out probably involves a top, front row seat on a double-decker all the way to Arthur’s seat for a wee climb. Some exercise, some fresh air, some good company and then coming home (and maybe stopping for chips on the way back).

What’s the best thing about living and studying in Edinburgh?
An even split between the people and the beauty of the city. Moving to Edinburgh from Germany was a daunting experience, but the hospitality, open-hearted nature and kindness shown to me has really made me happy that I chose to study here. And the awe-inspiring architecture, natural landscape and history cannot be ignored.

Going green

Ways to reduce carbon dioxide and save the planet

There’s no way round it – we’re in a climate emergency. There’s more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere now than any other time in human history and we must act now.

There are lots of ways you can help to reduce the amount of carbon produced every day – most of them are really simple changes you can implement in your everyday life. Read on for more tips and tricks to reduce carbon and help to protect our planet for future generations.

1. Stay away from single-use.
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, water bottles and most food packaging. Instead, take a reusable coffee cup or water bottle when out and about. You can even save yourself some money, as most chain coffee shops offer a discount if using a reusable cup!

2. Go paper-free.
One simple way to reduce carbon is to reduce your paper waste. Opt out of receiving paper bank statements and other letters, and choose to receive them via email. Instead of printing resources, scan them with CamScanner. Instead of buying paper tickets with cash payments on Lothian services, go contactless or use our mobile app!

3. Switch off
A computer can consume up to 65% of energy when it is left on, so make sure you switch them off completely when you’re done using it. Keep in mind that when electronics are not in power, they can still make use of energy. Whenever electronic gadgets are not in use, switch them off and unplug the cables.

4. Recycle, recycle, recycle
Most universities and colleges have full recycling facilities on campus – be sure to make use of them! Every item than goes into a recycling bin is saved from the landfill and prevents the unnecessary generation of carbon dioxide. After dinner, scrape food waste into your compost caddy. The day after a night out, drop empty beer bottles in the glass recycling bin. Clearing out your desk? Sort out paper and plastic items and make sure you put them in the appropriate skips. Every gesture, however small, helps.

5. Reduce car use
One of the benefits of living and studying in Edinburgh is the city’s connectivity – Lothian’s bus network operates across the city and beyond into West Lothian and East Lothian, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just one full double-deck Lothian bus can take the equivalent of 100 cars off the road, meaning you can be confident you’re doing your bit in reducing carbon emissions by travelling by bus. Find out more here: lothianbuses.com/bus2020/

Whether you’re well-versed in all things CO2 or not, we’ve all got to start somewhere. Why not make your first year in higher education the year you embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle?

For more on greener living on campus, visit your college or university website. To find out more about paper-free travel with Lothian, visit lothianbuses.co.uk