Getting to the 2012 Summer School

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, so is easy to get to by train, aeroplane and car.

The Summer School will be located in the Informatics Forum, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB. This venue is available free of charge and is located in central Edinburgh, close to the city’s beautiful historic core and a wide range of cafés, bars and restaurants.

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Travelling to Edinburgh

Getting to Edinburgh by air

Edinburgh is served primarily by Edinburgh Airport, although Glasgow Airport is also accessible. Edinburgh Airport is situated 13km to the west of the city. Destinations with direct flights to Edinburgh include Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Amsterdam, Brussels, all London airports and many other UK airports. Travel into Edinburgh by taxi, approx fair £18, approx journey time 20mins. Alternatively use the frequent Airlink bus, operated by Lothian Region Transport, £3.50 or £6 return, journey time 25-30mins. Airlink buses run during the following times:

7 days a week from 0430 to 0022, with buses every 10 minutes from 0630 to 0022 7 days a week from 0400 to 2345, with buses every 10 minutes from 0600 to 2345

Glasgow airport is about an hour's drive from Edinburgh, with frequent rail and bus transfers. See the Glasgow airport website for details. A prebooked shuttle (expensive!) is available: Glentana Coaches Ltd. tel +44 (0)1506 670254. This service must be booked in advance.

Getting to Edinburgh by train

For destinations to the south and east, travel with East Coast typical travel times to Edinburgh from other UK cities include: 4hrs 45mins from London, 2hrs 30mins from York and 1hr 30mins from Newcastle). For destinations to the south and west travel with Virgin Trains. ScotRail run services to other cities in Scotland, and also run a sleeper service from London Euston.

Travel within Edinburgh

The Summer School venue is the Informatics Forum at 10 Crichton Street. Important locations are listed on the map, including, 10 Crichton Street and Pollock Halls (participant accommodation).

Crichton Street is a small street that leads off Potterrow towards George Square. The Informatics Forum and Appleton Tower are the only buildings in the street. Both buildings are used by The School of Informatics. It is not far to walk between Crichton Street and Pollock Halls where the main Summer School accommodation is based (about 12 min). Buses run along Nicholson Street (called South Bridge when closer to town) and many will take you between Pollock Halls and South Bridge.

The workshop venue is in the city centre. Edinburgh's city centre is compact so you may find that walking is the best way to get around. Edinburgh does not have an underground or tram system, but it does have a frequent and comprehensive bus service. The main operator within Edinburgh is Lothian Busses. Be warned that local buses in Edinburgh do not give change! Taxis are also easy to find on most major thoroughfares.

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Key Information 2012

School dates: 26 August
Application deadline: 4 May

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