St Andrews

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St Andrews is located on the picturesque east coast of Fife, Scotland and has excellent transport links from the major Scottish cities and International airports.

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Getting to St Andrews

The town is approximately 50 miles north-east of Edinburgh by car, 14 miles south-east of Dundee, 78 miles south of Aberdeen, 82 miles north-east of Glasgow; and 466 miles north of London.

Edinburgh has the closest International airport with links to other cities in the UK. Rail links from Edinburgh take you across the famous Forth Rail Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife.

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Information for people traveling from Edinburgh airport by bus

Note that all costs were derived from web sites and consultations but should be used as a guide only. These costs may change without notice.

Journey requires 1 change of bus

A Bus link into Fife to Halbeath park-and-ride – Jet 747
A Bus link from Halbeath park-and-ride to St Andrews – Stagecoach x59

JET 747 airport bus from stance G to Halbeath park-and-ride via the forth road bridge with excellent views of the famous forth rail bridge.

Tickets from £ 5.90 single or £11.00 return –  journey time approx 30 minutes

Jet 747 Timetable is available at

Stagecoach  X59 bus from Halbeath Park-and-Ride to St Andrews – departs every 30 mins. Journey time is 1hr 5min

Tickets from  £11.10 single or £16.50 return

X59 Timetable available at

There is an alternative bus, the X24. This is less frequent but a takes the same journey through Fife.

Destination is the bus station in St Andrews.  There is a 4 min taxi ride or 15 to 20 min walk to the David Russell apartments. See map for directions to the the accommodation from the bus station. There is a Taxi rank at the bus station.

A cautionary note for bus ticket booking!
The main bus station in the center of Edinburgh is also called St Andrews bus station.

David Russell by foot
Route from the bus station to David Russell apartments

Information for people traveling from Edinburgh airport by Rail

Note that all costs were derived from web sites and consultations but should be used as a guide only. These costs may change without notice.

The Journey requires 2 changes

Bus link to Haymarket rail station* Airlink 100 service
Train to Leuchars rail station (across the forth rail bridge)
Bus link to St Andrews bus station or taxi direct to your accommodation

Airlink 100 service from Stance D at the airport to Haymarket rail station
Tickets from £4.50 single, £7.50 return – Leaves from airport every 10 minutes.  Journey time approx 25min

Haymarket rail station  to Leuchars rail station from £20.40 return. Any train heading to Dundee, Aberdeen or Dyce will stop at leuchars

Bus from leuchars to St Andrews around £4.00 or £5.00 single per person and  around £6.50 to £7.50 return

Destination is the bus station in St Andrews – See map of how to get to the accommodation from the bus station)

Taxi from leuchars to St Andrews will be around £6.00 or £7.00 and certainly under £10.00. This can take you directly tour accommodation

For more information on train times and to book rail tickets see

* There is also a tram link to Haymarket from the airport which runs every 8-12 mins but costs slightly more at £5.50 per person or £8.50 return – this takes 35min. If you decide to go this route, buy tickets at the ticket machine at the tram stop, before you get on the tram.  According to the operator’s website, there is a £10.00 flat rate if you pay on board the tram.

A taxi from Edinburgh airport to St Andrews can cost around £85 one way and so would only be practical if you are traveling in a group. Some taxis will take up to seven people.

More information about traveling to St Andrews and useful maps can be found here

If you would like to explore the town and surrounding area, St Andrews is a small town, packed with history, which is easily explored on foot.

The town is known internationally as the “home of golf” and it is only a 10 minute walk from the conference venue to the famous old course.

The West sands is also just a short walk from the  venue. This beach was featured in the film Chariots of Fire and more recently with Mr Bean in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

More information about what to see and do in and around St Andrews can be found at visit St Andrews or Visit Scotland
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