St. Andrew's Square Bus Station
Edinburgh bus and coach station in the City Centre
All long-distance bus and coach services leave Edinburgh from St. Andrew's Square bus station in the City Centre (the main bus station). See our Megabus and National Express coaches in-depth guide.
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Where is the Coach Station in Edinburgh located?
How long does it take to walk there?
The coach station is in St Andrew's Square (very central location), within a short walking distance from:
- Princes Street - Main shopping street in Edinburgh
- Waverley train station - Main train station
- Waverley Bridge - Airport Express Shuttle pick-up/drop-off point for getting to and from Edinburgh Airport (bus Airlink 100).
The distance between the bus station and the train station is only 0.2 miles (320 meters) and it only takes 5 minutes to get from one station to the other. See how far St Andrew's bus station is from Waverley train station and Waverley Bridge and get walking directions using the map below.
Walking directions - From Princes Street
The entrance to the bus station is a bit inconspicuous and it's easy to go past it without realising you've done so.
Directions: Start at the Tourist Information Centre on Princes Street. Cross the street and walk along the right side of St. Andrew's Square for about 5 minutes. As soon as you pass Harvey Nichols you should see the entrance to the bus station.
Address and contact info
Edinburgh Bus Station
St Andrew's Square
Phone number: +44 (131) 5556363 or +44 (131) 2253858
Station postcode: EH1 3DX (by car) or EH2 2AD (for walking)
Map of St Andrews Bus Station, Edinburgh
NOTE: the passenger entrance (departures/arrivals) into the bus station is different from that used by coaches and buses. Use the EH2 2AD postcode to get walking directions to the station and the EH1 3DX postcode to get driving directions to the station as that takes you along York Pl where there's better chance of parking.
Which coach companies use the main bus station in Edinburgh
Stagecoach also uses the bus station as do smaller operators.
Bus times and fares
National Express and Megabus/Citylink timetables and bus fares are available online:
- National Express - The most popular coach operator for getting from London to Scotland (to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness) with funfare tickets starting at £12 one-way.
- Megabus/Citylink - Super single fares from £1. Connects Glasgow (Buchanan Bus Station), Edinburgh (St Andrew's Bus Station), Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee. Operates in Scotland in partnership with Scottish Citylink.
How to get from Edinburgh Bus Station to Edinburgh Castle
A common question for many tourists to Edinburgh is how near is St. Andrew's coach station to the city's number one visitor attraction, Edinburgh Castle. There is a 0.6 miles (1 km) distance and it would take about 15 minutes to walk from the bus station to the castle.
Hotels near Edinburgh Bus Station and Train Station
For early morning or late evening travel it's always handy to stay in a central hotel close to the Edinburgh coach station.
Edinburgh Hotels near St Andrews Bus Station
Discount Edinburgh hotels near St Andrew's Square bus station.
What is the coach station in Edinburgh like?
St. Andrew's bus station is fairly small but clean. There is a newsagent and a place where you can buy bakery products and coffees to go.
The central area of the bus station houses ticket offices where you can also pick up timetable leaflets and make inquiries. Each ticket office sells tickets for certain coach operators -- which is clearly displayed at every office -- and will rarely sell tickets or answer enquiries for other operators.
The two clearly displayed departures and arrivals screens are also located in the central area of the station. Each service is indicated on the screen along with the departure bay and other information. Each coach bay has its own waiting seats which is handy.
Lockers are also available in the station.
Many coaches leaving St. Andrew's bus station also stop in other parts of Edinburgh -- such as Charlotte Square or Queensferry Road -- before making their out of the city.