The campus is well served by public transport with rail service generally being the fastest way to campus, fewer than six minutes' journey from Edinburgh by train.

Rail Travel

First Scotrail services serve both Newcraighall Park and Ride Station and Musselburgh Station, the latter being directly at the campus entrance, and Newcraighall Park and Ride Station being a short 15 mins walk or a short bus ride away (30). The bus from the park and ride/station car park leaves from just outside the car park beside the Cuddy Brae Pub, and the return bus stops right next to the park and ride.

  • North Berwick Line (Musselburgh Station)
  • Newcraighall Line (Newcraighall Park and Ride Station)

Bus Travel

The Lothian Buses, number 30 service and N30 (Night Bus) come onto campus, as well as the 45. The 30 and 45 travel through Edinburgh city centre, while the Lothian 30 also travels through East Lothian.

The number 30 runs approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day, and the 45 runs every 30 minutes. Bus services take approximately 30-40 minutes from the city centre to campus.

 

From Central Edinburgh

By train
The train is the fastest way to the campus, with the journey taking around 6 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley Station. Musselburgh train station is right next to our campus, a two minute walk from the main academic building. You should take the North Berwick train from Waverley Station. Musselburgh is the first stop. See the Scotrail website for train times.

By bus
Lothian Buses service 30 stops on campus and runs every ten minutes with an approximate journey time of 35 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. More information on the route of the number 30 is available on the Lothian Buses website.

For people who are not familiar with Edinburgh, you can catch the number 30 from several bus stops on Princes Street. You can buy a single or a day ticket. The day ticket will enable you to unlimited travel for that day on all Lothian Buses (except the ‘Airlink’ bus). The Lothian Buses service 45 (which serves Princes Street) also comes to campus Monday to Friday.

From Edinburgh Airport

From Edinburgh Airport, you can catch the 'Airlink 'bus into the city centre and alight at the Waverley station stop (just off Princes Street) and follow the directions for bus or train travel above.

From West Lothian and Stirlingshire

By train
Newcraighall Park and Ride Station is located 15/20 minutes walk to the north west of the QMU campus. Musselburgh station is served by trains from Edinburgh and East Lothian, whilst Newcraighall Park and Ride Station is served by trains from Edinburgh, West Lothian and Stirlingshire. Trains run from Haymarket and Waverley Station to both Musselburgh and Newcraighall. Detailed information can be found on the First Scotrail website at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/

From East, West, North and South of Edinburgh City Centre

By bus (then walking)
Musselburgh is served by the Lothian bus services 26, 44, 30 and 15. The 30 and 45 are the only services to go onto campus however. If it is more convenient for you to catch a 44,113, or a 26, the campus is a 15 minute walk from Musselburgh high street. Alternatively, you could catch a 30 from Musselburgh High Street (heading to Clovenstone).

To walk, we recommend that you get off the bus at the first stop after the Brunton Theatre. From here you will see the River Esk to your left. You should walk up Esk Side West (the road that runs parallel to the right of the river) towards Stoneybank. This continues onto Eskview Terrace. You will notice a few newsagents and take away on your right. Immediately after these shops, take the first right onto onto Whitehill Farm Road. Continue on up this road and you will arrive at QMU (it's just after the train station).

From East Lothian

You can get a train to Musselburgh Station from North Berwick, Drem, Longniddry, Prestonpans and Wallyford Stations. See the Scotrail website for train times.

First Bus run service 108 direct to campus from Haddington, Macmerry, Tranent, Wallyford, and Musselburgh.

From Midlothian

Lothian Buses Service 40 operates through Penicuik, Roslin, Loanhead, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith and Whitecraig to and from Musselburgh where an easy interchange is available at Musselburgh Police Station on to the frequent Service 30 for onward travel to the Campus.

The 40 operates every 30-mins during the day and hourly in the evenings. Alternatively, most Midlothian bus services operating to and from the City Centre will connect with Service 30 in Newington.

Borders Rail link

Newcraighall Park and Ride Station is served by trains from Edinburgh and the new Borders Railway
line.

Staff Loan Scheme

University staff are able to apply for an interest free loan to cover the up-front cost of purchasing an annual season ticket for trains and buses. Repayments of this loan will be via salary deduction over a 12 month period (subject to rules for short term contracts) Contact the Payroll Office for further details.