2001 CogSci Conference

Travel Info and General Links

The conference will be based in the George Square area of the University, with registration and most of the talks taking place in David Hume tower. Some useful maps of Edinburgh and the University can be found by clicking here
(courtesy of the Geography Department)

Getting to Edinburgh

By Air

Edinburgh International Airport is 12km west of the city and recieves over 40 return flights to London each day. It also has regular services to and from some other major European cities and one transatlantic route to New York. Full details of all flights to and from Edinburgh can be obtained from the airport web site (by clicking on the link above) or by contacting the airport on Tel: + 44345 757 757; Fax: + 44 131 335 3181 or your local travel agency. From the airpost you can choose to travel to the city centre either bus or by taxi.

Buses run at least every ten minutes between the hours of 6am and 9pm, and every half hour outside those times. The fare is £3.30 single fare or £5.00 return. It is worth getting a return ticket as you can take the return journey up to a month later. The bus stop is just outside the arrivals terminal and the journey should take about 25 minutes. The bus will take you to Princes Street and Waverley train station where you can get a taxi, a bus (see the information under "By Train") or a walk to your hotel.

Taxis are more expensive but less hassle as they will take you directly to your hotel/dorms. A journey to Pollock Halls would probably cost about £15.00 to £20.00 and should take about 25 to 30 minutes. Airport taxis are well regulated so there is no need to worry about being ripped off. It is not necessary to tip the taxi drivers, but if you wish to do so then £1 or £2 is sufficient. Taxis can be picked up directly outside the arrivals terminal.

Please note: If your return flight is departing from Edinburgh during the day please leave plenty of time to get to the airport as the roads become very congested during certain times. A 25 minute journey can easily become a 90 minute journey during rush hour.

By Train

The train service from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley along the east coast line is fast and reliable. The journey from London takes about 4 hours and does not require you to change trains. Return tickets from London can cost anywhere between £20 and £200 depending on when you book and when you want to travel. Trains depart Kings Cross and Waverley at least every hour. Timetable information and ticket booking is available online at http://www.thetrainline.com. From the station you can get a taxi to your hotel/Pollock Halls for less than £5.00. Alternatively you could catch a bus from Princes Street for 80 pence. Make sure you have the correct fare as the buses do not give change (apart from the airport buses). The No.21 and the No.33 will take you to Pollock Halls. Bus timetables and maps can be found at http://www.lothianbuses.co.uk

Edinburgh Information:

Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board
Lots of basic information including accommodation.

Edinburgh Hotels
Mainly upscale accommodations.

Edinburgh Accommodation
Includes an interactive map of B&Bs and guest houses http://www.aboutscotland.com/edinmap/index.html

Edinburgh Information and Accommodation
A short list of B&Bs and hotels and some info on sightseeing. http://www.ibmpcug.co.uk:80/~ecs/region/edinburg/index.html

The Gen
Interesting site with maps of attractions and virtual tours of the city. http://www.thegen.com/

The Automobile Association
Very good listing of accommodation of all types as well as motoring and travel info. http://www.theaa.co.uk/

Edinburgh the Best
Quirky listing of more unique hotels and restaurants, many pricey but not all. Good summaries. http://www.famousgrouse.com/lodge/library/stb/edinburgh/

Edinburgh Festivals
Info on dates and events for all the Festivals

Scottish Sites:

Scottish Tourist Board
Nice site with extensive listings for all sorts of accommodation all over Scotland.

Scotland Gazateer
Nice site about Scottish regions: people, places, statistics http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/Scotland.html

See Scotland
Events, general information, some accommodation

Classic Scotland
If you want to have a holiday elsewhere in Scotland, this lists many of the more interesting hotels around the country.

McMillan Hotels
If you want real luxury, try these hotels.

Scottish Holidays
Listings of accommodation, golf courses, travel info. http://www.scottishholidays.net

Scottish Scenery
Pictures and travel planning information for scenic spots.

Distilleries of Scotland
An interactive map of distilleries done by the University of Edinburgh http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jhb/whisky/scotland.html

General UK Information:

Information Britain
Lots of information about traveling around Britain.

Visit Britain 2000
General information about visiting the UK.

Travel Britain
Specifically designed for US travelers to the UK.

UK Travel:

The Trainline
A simple way to find train times, reserve seats and purchase tickets for UK trains.

Information about getting discount passes for unlimited train travel, including the "Freedom of Scotland" pass.

Railtrack Timetables
On-line timetables, but not fares.

Disclaimer: these links are for information only. Inclusion does not imply any endorsement of content by the University of Edinburgh nor any responsibility for accuracy or maintenance.

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