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!

 Contactless – tap, tap, cap!
Travel as much as you want across our buses with same contactless card or mobile pay device and we’ll work out the cheapest adult daily fare for you. Simply tap your card on the contactless reader on each bus you board. Check your journey and payment history for the last 7 days here, or visit our dedicated contactless page for more information.
m-tickets
Download the Transport for Edinburgh app and you can buy your bus tickets in advance. This gives you the flexibility of purchasing any combination of ticket types and quantities for use on all our bus services and Edinburgh Trams and loading them on your phone before you travel. Just activate a ticket when you get on the bus and show your phone screen to the driver. Check out our m-ticket FAQs for more information.
DAYticket
The flexible DAYticket gives you unlimited journeys on any daytime Lothian Buses services for one day. Adult: £4.50 available on bus or in our m-ticket app £4.40 when using contactless payments with ‘tap tap cap’
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 our Waverley Bridge TravelHub.

 Student
1-week Advance Purchase£17
4-week Advance Purchase£51
9-month Advance Purchase (available September/October only)£450
Annual Advance Purchase£510
Direct Debit Monthly£45
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 our TravelHub at Waverley Bridge 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 The Bridges and Newington: 5
From Edinburgh city centre: 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45; NightBuses N11 & N16

Craiglockhart campus

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

Sighthill Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, 35, 36, Skylink 300 or Tram; NightBuses N22 & N25
From Edinburgh Airport: Skylink 300, Skylink 400 or Tram
From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: 2, 12, 21, 22, 36, Skylink 300, Skylink 400 or Tram
From Wester Hailes: 3, 21 & Skylink 400
From the North (Clermiston, Ferry Rd, Leith): 21
From West Lothian: Lothian Country X27, X28

Heriot Watt University

From Edinburgh city centre: 25, 34, 35, 45; NightBus N25
From West Lothian: X27, X28 (on A71)

Queen Margaret University

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

Edinburgh College

Granton Campus

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

Milton Road Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: 5, 44, 104, 113; NightBus N113
From East Lothian: 44 & 113

Midlothian Campus

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

Sighthill Campus

From Edinburgh city centre: 2, 3, 12, 22, 25, 34, 35, 36, Skylink 300 or Tram; NightBuses N22 & N25
From Edinburgh Airport: Skylink 300, Skylink 400 or Tram
From Gyle/Edinburgh Park: 2, 12, 21, 22, 36, Skylink 300, Skylink 400 or Tram
From Wester Hailes: 3, 21 & Skylink 400
From the North (Clermiston, Ferry Rd, Leith): 21
From West Lothian: Lothian Country X27, X28

University of Edinburgh

Potterrow & George Square

From Edinburgh City Centre: 41, 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: 2, 23, 27, 35, 41, 42, 45, Skylink 300
From Slateford/Fountainbridge: 35, Skylink 300
From Surgeons’ Hall: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, 49
From Edinburgh Airport: Skylink 300

Old College

From city centre: 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 47 and 49
From Leith: 7, 14, 35, 49
From Midlothian: 3, 29, X29, 31, X31, 33, 37, X37, 47, 49

Kings Buildings

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

Edinburgh Theological Seminary

Buses to Princes Street and short walk
From Morningside: 23
From Polwarth: 27
From Marchmont: 41
From Canonmills or Inverleith: 23, 27
From Queensferry Road: 41, 42
From Stockbridge: 42

SRUC

Edinburgh Campus – King’s Buildings

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

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.

Name: 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…).

Name: 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.

Name: 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