Travel Tips (how to find us)
Lothian House is located in the centre of the city on the west side of Lothian Road. It is a large residential building, with shops at street level and the Odeon Cinema on the corner. Lothian House occupies the full street block between Morrison Street and Fountainbridge.
Please come to the main entrance at 124 Lothian Road, which has green front double doors with Art-Deco glass panes, and ‘LOTHIAN HOUSE’ above.
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Here’s how you find us if you are arriving:
WALKING FROM PRINCES STREET/WEST END:
Approx 5 mins to Lothian House > Walk up right hand side Lothian Road for 500 metres, cross Morrison Street, Lothian House entrance is at 124 Lothian Road just past the Odeon Cinema. (Pavement is level if you are wheeling luggage.)
WALKING FROM PRINCES STREET/EAST END/WAVERLEY:
Approx 15-20 mins > Walk 1km west along Princes Street and walk up right hand side Lothian Road for 500 metres, cross Morrison Street, Lothian House entrance is at 124 Lothian Road just past the Odeon Cinema.
BY CAR: Use the Transport Direct website click for travel directions (enter the destination postcode EH3 9DD) to travel information including trip times, trip distances, maps, printable step by step driving directions, road delay tips & exact locations of car parks etc. OR use the MAP tab on the left hand side to use 'google maps' for road maps of and to Edinburgh. Use the '+' and '-' buttons, or lever, to zoom in/out for greater road details, including one-way arrows. See ‘Before You Arrive/Car Parking' section for other details of car parking options and prices within the immediate area.
BY AIR: Travel options from Edinburgh Airport to city centre:
Airport Taxis/Cabs: Approx 20mins journey time, fares around £15-£17. There is a designated TAXI RANK outside, straight ahead, as you exit the airport arrivals terminal. Tell the taxi driver you want the FRONT ENTRANCE of Lothian House, at 124 Lothian Road, by the new Odeon Cinema.
There are 2 types of taxis, same rates apply ...
1) AIRPORT TAXIS which are only licensed to accept fares at the airport, but are NOT permitted to pick up fares from the street in Edinburgh, even for trips to the airport. Most of the Airport Taxis are privately owned regular cars, with luggage storage in the rear trunk, although they do also have vans available for up to 8 Passengers – go to the other 'TAXI' area, to the left as you exit the arrivals terminal, and tell the taxi receptionist if you need a larger vehicle.vehicle.
2) EDINBURGH TAXIS can accept fares within Edinburgh and TO the airport at any time, and can accept fares from the TAXI RANK at the airport (walk straight ahead, across the road, as you exit the terminal). These cabs are spacious and also have room for some luggage in the passenger section and front of the cab, which carries up to 5-6 passengers. Usually taxis are readily available, but if there are no taxis on the rank, or there is a long queue, you may prefer to PHONE for an AIRPORT PICKUP and an Edinburgh taxi will collect you. In this situation they have a special area for picking up passengers (through the car park building to the far side), so ask for clear directions if you decide to phone or pre-book in advance of your travel, there is a £2 surcharge for booked taxis. Phone after luggage collection: (0131)-229-2468 ‘Central Taxis’ OR (0131)-228-1211 ‘City Cabs’. .
Airport Airlink Shuttle Buses: Have a designated service bay at the airport, outside arrivals terminal, from which they provide the AIRLINK 100 express shuttle service to the city centre, approx 30 mins, adult fares £6pp return, £3.50pp one-way. Discounts for children, Alight at West End of Princes Street and either take a taxi, fare £3-£4, or walk.
BY RAIL: The WAVERLEY STATION is the main Edinburgh Station and is about 15 mins walk away. The taxi ride costs £4.50-£6 from taxi queuing point at the station. (Taxi rank is undercover, on the road which runs through to the car parking area at the rear of station terminus.) Frequent buses available in Princes Street, see bus stop details below, or walk.
The HAYMARKET STATION is about 10 mins walk from Lothian House, being at the bottom of Morrison Street. The short taxi ride costs approx £3.50-£4. This is the closest station but the problem with using it is that there are quite a lot of stairs to climb when you get off the train (not easy with luggage) and also, sometimes there might be a wait for taxis to arrive on the open-air taxi ranks (particularly in wet weather). Buses are available from Haymarket, or walk 750m up Morrison Street to Lothian Road. Turn right, Lothian House entrance is at 124 Lothian Road, just around the corner and past the Odeon Cinema. (A taxi from the Waverley is most convenient on arrival!)
BY BUS: From St. Andrew’s Square bus station, the short taxi ride costs approx £4-£6. Many public buses go up Lothian Road and only cost £1.30. Ask the driver whether he stops outside the Usher Hall, or if you should alight at the bus stop just after crossing Morrison/Bread Streets intersection (near Ali's Cave). Cross the road to Lothian House front entrance. OR walk. (All ‘Bus Stops’ contain details of bus numbers, routes & times.)
Have a safe journey, we look forward to welcoming you!