Edinburgh Bus Station Guide

Edinburgh Bus Station Buses Waiting

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Edinburgh Bus Station is located at Elder Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3DX very close to the main shopping street in the New Town, Princes Street.

Edinburgh Bus Station Opening Hours

Edinburgh bus station is open from Monday to Thursday and Sunday 4:30 am to 12 am Friday and Saturday 4:30 am to 12:30 am.

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Getting to Edinburgh Bus Station

You can walk to Edinburgh Bus Station from Waverley Train Station in around 15-20 minutes.

There is a tram stop close to Edinburgh Bus Station at the St Andrews Square entrance. Trams from Edinburgh Airport stop here.

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Edinburgh Bus Station Entry

Edinburgh Bus Station Entrances

There are two entrances to Edinburgh Bus Station: St Andrews Square and Elder Street.

There is an elevator at the St Andrews Square entrance and a slope for wheelchair access, bikes and luggage with wheels at the Elder Street entrance.

Bikes can be stored using the cycle racks.

Edinburgh Bus Station Gates

Bus Companies

Several bus companies operate at Edinburgh Bus Station.

  • CityLink – Scotland’s cities and bigger towns
  • Megabus – Part of the Stagecoach group serving Scotland, England and Wales
  • Stagecoach – Connects Scotland’s towns and cities
  • National Express – Edinburgh to London bus route
Edinburgh Bus Station Buses

Buying a Bus Ticket in Edinburgh

Tickets can be reserved online and by phone.

Booking in advance is often the cheaper option for bigger journeys.

Less popular routes can be bought on the day at the ticket office (company depending) or as you enter the bus.

You can purchase CityLink tickets at the station on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm.

I wouldn’t leave a long-distance trip to chance and always book in advance.

Bus drivers accept cash and card payments. Always keep your ticket as proof of purchase and for your return journey if applicable.

I often take the bus from Edinburgh to Fife because the schedule runs later than the trains. I just pay for this ticket on the day when I get on the bus.

St Andrews Cathedral Fife

Bus travel is free for over 60s in Scotland. Riders of 60 must apply for the National Entitlement Card to access this universal benefit.

Some disabled travellers can apply for free bus travel, too.

Students can apply for money off, too. See individual bus companies for a discount.

Some bus companies also have deals for families.

See below for more on savings.

Estimated Prices (Adults)

  • Edinburgh to Glasgow: From £5.50 (Megabus)
  • Edinburgh to Dunfermline: From £6 (Stagecoach)
  • Edinburgh to Perth: From £16 return (Citylink)
Glasgow Cathedral Necropolis with blue skies

Bus Ticket Savings

Some bus companies in Scotland offer day ticket savings or multi-journey offers.

Others have deals for families and special events.

Sign up for newsletters or follow the bus companies on social media to keep up to date with offers.

Always book in advance for cheaper prices.

Edinburgh Bus Station Food Options

There is no cafe in the bus station.

There is, however, a small WHS Smith shop that sells snacks and newspapers. WHS Smith Edinburgh Bus Station is open until 8 pm.

There are also vending machines with sweets (candy) and crisps (potato chips) and you will find Caffe Nero around the corner on Multrees Walk if you want to grab a coffee before you travel.

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Edinburgh Bus Station Facilities

Toilets at the bus station cost 30p.

There is a change machine that allows you to break notes.

Toilets are open from 4:30 am to 12 am.

There are disabled toilets on the premises which are accessed by RADAR key.

Baby changing facilities are also available. Just ask a member of staff to use them.

You can leave your luggage at the bus station lockers.

The small lockers cost £6, medium £8 and large £10. This price covers 12 hours.

If you have extra-large luggage, you can also leave it for 12 hours for £10-£15.

There are also phone charging machines which you can use for a fee.

Edinburgh Bus Station Lost Property

If you think you may have lost an item, it will be kept for 59 days. See security staff for lost property.

If you have lost an item on the bus, see the bus company.


For bus travel to smaller destinations, you may need to connect to a local bus service.

Some bus companies have tickets which combine bus and rail travel such as the megabusplus ticket.

Bus Station Edinburgh Royal Mile Transport


Buses depart Edinburgh Bus Station for all over Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom (UK).

Megabus and National Express travel to England and Wales from Edinburgh.

Some buses operating longer trips travel overnight.

For example, you can travel to London from Edinburgh via Megabus Gold.

Bus Timetables

Bus timetables can be found at Traveline Scotland.

Routes can be worked out using Google Maps.

Google Maps

Edinburgh Park and Ride

There are several locations where you can park a car for free and take a public bus into the city.

This saves you paying the expensive parking fees in Edinburgh.

You don’t have to use the car parking facilities to make use of the park and ride bus services.

Many locals use the park and ride to get to Edinburgh Airport. I use it from Inverkeithing every time I fly.

Park and Ride Locations in Edinburgh

  • Ingliston Park & Ride
  • Hermiston Park & Ride
  • Sheriffhall Park & Ride
  • Straiton Park & Ride
  • Wallyford Park & Ride

Edinburgh Bus Station Contact Details

Elder Street,
0871 200 2233

10 thoughts on “Edinburgh Bus Station Guide

  1. KIM says:

    Can I exchange vouchers for hop on hop off bus tours any time of the day (between opening times) purchased from “Get your Guide”

    • Everything Edinburgh says:

      Hi Kim, there’s a few hop on off buses in Edinburgh and they tend to “start” around Waverley Train Station/Princes Street so you won’t find them at the bus station.

      As for specifics about GetYourGuide vouchers, you’d need to speak to them directly.

      Have a wonderful trip!

    • Everything Edinburgh says:

      Hi Catherine, I wouldn’t think so. You could try Waverley Station’s left luggage but three days would be pricy. Good luck!

  2. Lydia Koch says:

    Hi there
    thank you so much for all the information!!
    what do you think is the easiest way to get from the airport to the Bus station?
    Thanks in advance

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