All you need to know about travelling to Merchiston

Our Merchiston campus is well-served by public transport to and from the city centre. There are also a number of cycle paths in the area and bike storage facilities on site.
Bikes parked outside Merchiston campus in the sun

Travel guidance during Covid-19

If you need to travel to the University, please plan ahead. Visit Transport Scotland for the latest Scottish Government advice and up-to-date guidance on public transport and active travel.  

However you travel, please ensure you are very clear of the facilities available and rules in place before you start your journey.  Keep in mind that many public transport operators are running reduced services.

Getting here by bus or tram

Residents in Scotland under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022. We will bring you more information about the scheme and how to register when more details are announced.

Several Lothian Buses services stop close to Merchiston campus.

  • Services 11, 15, 16, 23 and 36 stop on nearby Bruntsfield Place (Holy Corner stop).
  • Service 5 stops on nearby Morningside Road (Churchill stop).

The number 36 service goes between Sighthill, Craiglockhart and Merchiston campuses, making it easy if you need to travel from one campus to another.

Haymarket tram stop is approximately a 25-minute walk from Merchiston campus.

Lothian Buses offer a student travel card starting at £17 a week or £45 a month. This includes travel on Lothian city buses, NightBus services, airport buses, Lothian Country (city zone and cityWEST zone), East Coast Buses (city zones A and B) and Edinburgh Trams.

We recommend you download the Transport for Edinburgh app which helps plan your journey as well as giving real-time information on services around the city.

To find more details on other bus services within the city, please visit the Traveline Scotland page.

Getting here by train or tram

  • From Edinburgh Waverley, take a Lothian Buses service 11, 16 or 23 from Princes Street.
  • Haymarket train station is approximately a 25-minute walk from Merchiston campus.

Getting here by car

Parking at Merchiston campus is for permit holders only between 7am-5pm, Monday to Friday. You can park for free outwith these times.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer student parking permits for Merchiston campus at this time.

Parking outwith the University 

If you park your vehicle on the streets surrounding our campuses please be considerate to our neighbours.

  • Make sure you follow all Highway Code and local parking regulations
  • Do not park in spaces designated for local residents or shop customers
  • Do not park across driveways or on pavements, or otherwise obstruct access for residents and pedestrians

Getting here by bike

There are 100 bicycle spaces at Merchiston, 48 within covered and secure areas and 52 uncovered. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Merchiston has two covered bike parking facilities. From the main entrance from Colinton Road you will find one opposite the library entrance on the left and the other at the far end on the other side of the glass box. To gain access, visit security next to the iPoint to have your student card activated. At the bike store, tap your card on the card reader to open the door.

We have two emergency locks available on each campus if you forget to bring yours - please ask at security.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, changing and shower facilities are currently unavailable.

Find more information on our Cycling to Campus page.


Merchiston Cycle Routes

There are many different route options for travelling between our sites. View our complete Merchiston YouTube playlist for routes that, as far as possible, use off-road cycling, walking and wheeling.

You can also visit for more options, including on-road routes.


Other Edinburgh Napier facilities near Merchiston

You may have classes nearby Merchiston campus at other local venues and facilities. These are located within a short distance of the main campus at Merchiston.

  • Screen Academy Scotland: 2a Merchiston Avenue, Edinburgh, EH10 4NU
  • Eric Liddell Centre: 15 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DP
  • Church Hill Theatre: 33 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DR


Accessibility Guide

For a detailed access guide to our Merchiston campus, please visit the AccessAble website.

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