The British Dance Edition 2014 hub is Dance Base – National Centre for Dance located in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. All delegates will need to register here upon arrival on Thursday, 30 January 2014* and Friday, 31 January 2014.
*On Thursday, 30 January 2014 registration will also be made available at Assembly Rooms and King’s Theatre – check full programme.
There are a wide range of options for travelling to and from Edinburgh or Glasgow for British Dance Edition 2014:
Travel by air to and from Scotland can happen via its two main airports:
Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long-haul gateway, with year-round flights to Canada, the United States and the Gulf. Approximately 7 million passengers use the airport every year, flying to around 90 destinations worldwide.
Glasgow Airport Limited,
Telephone Information Service: 0844 481 5555
Minicom service for the hearing impaired: 0844 571 7410
How to get to and from the airport:
BUS – First operates the Glasgow Shuttle (service 500) on the Glasgow city centre route to and from the airport. All buses on this route are low-floor for easy accessibility. Click here for more details.
RAIL – The nearest rail station is two miles from Glasgow Airport at Paisley Gilmour Street rail station. A ramp for wheelchair access to the platforms can be made available on request. The bus service from Gilmour Street to the airport is fully accessible. Click here for more details.
Airport buses from Central station also leave from Waterloo St (Hope St exit).
TAXIS – Glasgow Airport Taxi Services are the official provider of Licensed Taxis at Glasgow Airport and are the only taxi company that can pick you up and drop you off at the terminal doors.
Their fleet of cars is available 24/7 outside domestic arrivals and will take you to any destination in the UK. All cars have disabled access and can take credit card transactions.
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s capital airport. More than 40 airlines serve 100-plus destinations and some nine million passengers a year pass through the airport.
Telephone Information Service: 0844 448 8833
How to get to and from the airport:
BUS – Lothian Buses operates the Edinburgh Airlink Shuttle (service 100) on the Edinburgh city centre route. This service runs every 15 minutes from Waverley Bridge – approximately 5 minutes walk from Wavereley Rail Station and Edinburgh Bus Station (St. Andrews Square).
Journey times to the airport can vary, but are about 35 minutes (£3.50 (£2 child) single, £6 (£3 child) return). Click here for the timetable.
All buses to and from Edinburgh Airport are accessible by wheelchair using an integral ramp. There is a designated area for wheelchair users within the bus.
TAXIS – A taxi from the airport, seven miles west of the city, takes 25 minutes to the centre, and costs around £20. Some airport taxis are accessible to wheelchair users. Contact the taxi marshal outside UK Arrivals or telephone Onward Travel in advance on +44 (0)131 333 2255 to ensure a suitable taxi will be available.
There are two options for taxis and cabs at Edinburgh Airport and both are located on the ground floor of the multi storey car park. There is a vehicle to suit each type of journey or duration.
Official Edinburgh Airport pre-booked taxis
The Airport approved and licensed private hire taxi service is managed by Edinburgh City Private Hire. Travel with them requires to be booked beforehand. They have a desk in Domestic Arrivals and an office by the pick-up area in the multi storey car park where you can book travel. Larger groups can be accommodated.
To book a taxi, use their online booking form or call 0844 448 8576.
Official Edinburgh Airport black cabs
City “Black Cabs” do not require to be pre-booked and can seat 5-6 people with modest amounts of luggage.
You can travel by train from most UK main cities to Edinburgh’s main railway station (Waverley), which is a short walk from Dance Base in the city centre (the train station is also served by taxis and bus routes). Most trains will also call at Haymarket station, which is on the main bus route between Edinburgh airport and city centre.
Main train operators run routes from London to all over the UK and smaller companies run routes in regional areas. The regular London to Edinburgh train takes between 4-5 hours and usually departs every hour – regular daytime trains from London Kings Cross station to Edinburgh Waverley station and the overnight Caledonian Sleeper between London Euston station and Edinburgh Waverley station which operate six nights a week. Please contact the customer services team of the relevant train operator for further information.
First ScotRail (operates Caledonian Sleeper)
Telephone: 0800 912 2 901
Minicom: 0800 912 2 899
National Express East Coast
Telephone: 08457 225 225 (select option 1, then option 6)
Textphone: 08451 202 067
Telephone: 08457 44 33 66
Textphone: 08457 44 33 67
If attending from an European country outside of the UK, you can also consider travelling with the high speed Channel Tunnel operator EUROSTAR using their connection services to London and then transferring to another train operator to complete your trip to Edinburgh.
As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh enjoys easy access to the Scottish motorway network. Make use of the route planner options available at the Visit Scotland website to plan your trip and access information on parking in Edinburgh and national tourist routes, in case you are extending your stay.
Edinburgh Bus Station is centrally located in the city centre and only a short walk to bus stops for local services, shopping and Waverley Train Station.
Edinburgh Bus Station
Edinburgh has many bus service providers for both local and national services. To learn more about routes, timetables and prices please visit the website of the provider, which are listed below:
Edinburgh Coach Lines – Operator of Service 13 in Edinburgh city centre.
E & M Horsburgh – Operates bus services in West Lothian and Edinburgh.
First in Scotland East – Major bus service operator in Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders.
Lothian Buses – Major bus service operator throughout Edinburgh and into East Lothian and Midlothian. Regular,express and nightbus services.
Megabus – Coach services throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Ticket bookings: 0900 160 0900
Customer services: 0871 266 3333
(Calls to this number cost 10p/min from a BT landline. Otherproviders and mobiles may vary.)
National Express – Coach services throughout the UK and to many European destinations.
Scottish Citylink - Frequent coach services between Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as throughout Scotland.
Ticket bookings: 0871 266 3333
(Calls to this number cost 10p/min from a BT landline. Other providers and mobiles may vary.)
Traveline Scotland is a good online resource for more public transport information and journey planning Scotland wide.
GETTING AROUND IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is a compact and walkable yet hilly city. Throughout the four days of British Dance Edition 2014 we would encourage all delegates to take advantage of the cityscapes, do a bit of exercise and get some fresh air by making walking from venue to venue (distances are reasonable; maps & travel guides will be provided) their main way of getting around in the city.
We assure you it is safe and rewarding. For those with limited mobility, a bus will provided on each course – see full programme.
If you love cycling but don’t have the means to bring your bike with you or if you fancy a new way to move about in Edinburgh, you can also hire a bike. Check some of the cycle shop options at the Visit Scotland page here.
The city council has invested in some off-road cycle paths and road-edge cycle lanes; although it’s not compulsory for motorists to observe the latter, the lanes ease the flow of cyclists during rush hours and make some roads safer. Cyclists can travel freely along bus lanes. Be sensible when tethering a bike in the street to avoid vandalism and theft.
Edinburgh and its suburbs are very well served by a comprehensive network of local bus services which allow frequent and cost-effective travel throughout Edinburgh.
Lothian Buses runs the majority of services throughout Edinburgh and into Mid and East Lothian (including Edinburgh Airport, city bus tours and night buses).
Their Day Ticket (£3.50) allows you unlimited daily travel in and around Edinburgh. An adult single Ticket entitles you to one journey and costs £1.50.
NOTE: Exact change is required on all Lothian Buses routes except Edinburgh Airlink Shuttle.
Contact: 0131 555 6363
First Buses also operate approximately 300 services throughout the Edinburgh area. For travel in and around Edinburgh, Central and The Borders.
Contact: 08708 72 72 71
If your schedule allows it, you can also take in the sights of the city on one of the many Edinburgh Bus Tours. City Bus Tour tickets can be bought in person at the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre, 3 Princes Street or on Waverley Bridge (next to the main railway station, off Princes Street), which is where the tours start.
TAXIS & PRIVATE HIRE CARS
Most of Edinburgh’s taxis are black cabs, which take up to five passengers. When a taxi’s yellow ‘For Hire’ light is on, you can hail it in the street. The basic fare, for the pick-up and the first 450m or 90 seconds of waiting time, costs £1.60 (£2.70 between 6pm and 6am); each additional 210m (242m after 9.30pm) or 45 seconds costs 25p. There’s a 20p charge for every additional passenger over two.
Phoning for a taxi is advisable at night or if you’re outside the city centre.
Most taxis accept only cash.
Minicabs (saloon cars) are generally cheaper than black cabs and may be able to carry more passengers (specify when booking). Cars must be booked in advance. Reputable firms include Bluebird (0131 621 6666) and Persevere (0131 555 2323). Call around first to get the best price.
Since the majority of delegates are staying in Edinburgh during British Dance Edition 2014, we would advise against driving. The town is reasonably small and thus very accessible either on foot or via the public transport system, as listed above. In addition, the preponderance of pedestrianised and one-way streets makes for a very frustrating traffic experience, at times. And parking is difficult and costly.
GETTING AROUND IN GLASGOW
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is the transport provider who runs two public transport services in the city: Glasgow Subway, and a bus service.
To see the map of Glasgow Subway stations, bus service and travelcard options visit their
First Buses also operates bus services throughout the Greater Glasgow area.
Contact number – 08708 72 72 71
Glasgow is served by two main train stations – Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street. For information about trains to and from Glasgow Central visit National Rail Enquiries or call 08457 48 49 50.
TRAVELLING BETWEEN EDINBURGH AND GLASGOW
Coach buses will be provided for delegates to travel to and from Glasgow on Saturday, 01 February 2014, according to our programme.
In case you wish to make your way to and from Glasgow independently, these would be your options:
Scotrail operated trains leave Waverley Station every 15-30 minutes to Glasgow Queen Street, every day, with the average duration of 50 minutes. Ticket rates will be cheaper outside if you travel off-peak and there is also a same day discounted return ticket.
National Rail also operates a train service between Waverley Station and Glasgow Central which is less frequent and taking slightly longer – 1h 10min.
There are regular coach services provided between Edinburgh Bus Station and Buchanan Bus Station (Glasgow). Each trip takes between 3-4 hours via the motorway (M8) but prices are cheaper than travelling by train. For more information check the bus service providers operating from Edinburgh Bus Station listed above.
Edinburgh Bus Station
Buchanan Bus Station
Station open 24 hours. Concourse open 06:00 to 23:00.Telephone: 0141 333 3708
Edinburgh and Glasgow are about 70 kilometres apart and can be accessed by car via the motorway M8 in between 50 – 60 minutes.
For information about where to stay, visit the accommodation page.
Visitor Information Centre
3 Princes Street
0131 473 3868
Open: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm (Sunday from 10am)