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Getting to St. Andrews

Useful maps of St. Andrews and its location can be found here.  The university's travel guidelines are here

By Train:

  • Leuchars railway station is on the east coast main line with inter-city connections throughout Britain and a night sleeper service to London. The station is 4 miles from St Andrews, from which there is a good taxi service and a frequent local bus service.
  • The trains run from Edinburgh's Waverley or Haymarket stations to Leuchars (the stop before Dundee) every hour and take one to one and a quarter hours.
    St Andrews (5 miles from Leuchars) is reached by taxi or by the service bus from Leuchars which runs nearly every 15 minutes between 9 am and 6 pm and less frequently at other times.  Travel by late overnight sleeper from London is convenient if met by taxi.
  • By Air:
  • Edinburgh (Turnhouse) is the nearest major airport to St Andrews and is a one hour drive away. There is a frequent bus service between the airport and Edinburgh Waverley rail station - the Airport Bus. Note the remark about taxi travel from Edinburgh made below.
  • Dundee airport is closer but much smaller and, consequently, less well served by the airlines. Travel options from Dundee are explained elsewhere in this document and under the links at the top of this page.
  • Glasgow airport is also a major airport, in particular, the closest airport with direct transatlantic flights, but significantly further from St Andrews than Edinburgh. Guidelines to travel by road from Glasgow to St Andrews are given under the University's travel guidelines. Glasgow to St Andrews public transport details will be added here later.
  • By Bus:
  • St Andrews is a two hour bus ride from Edinburgh, and a twenty minute ride from Dundee.
  • The bus from Edinburgh's St Andrew Square Bus Station (just a short distance from Waverley) direct to St Andrews takes 2 hours.
  • By Taxi (ex Edinburgh / Edinburgh Airport):
  • The cost of a taxi from Edinburgh Airport to the North Haugh in St Andrews is about 60 pounds. This figure means that for four people sharing, the option is competitive with train travel, especially when one considers the obvious added convenience (the train leaves you at Leuchars) and speed. This option is also worth considering for those travelling from the City of Edinburgh itself.
  • By Road (self-drive):
  • St Andrews is 50 miles north of Edinburgh, 15 miles south of Dundee, and 75 miles east of Glasgow. Coming from Edinburgh, follow signs for the M90, cross the Forth road bridge, take the A92 exit from the M90 towards Glenrothes/Kirkcaldy. Keep on the A92 past Glenrothes, turn right at the New Inn Roundabout along the A914 to Cupar, and then take the A91 from Cupar to St Andrews. The North Haugh is on the right just before entering the town. New Hall and the Physical Science Building are signposted within the North Haugh campus. Parking on the campus is unrestricted.
  • Car-hire facilities at airport - National do a one-way car hire, pick-up at the Airport and drop off at New Hall and the same arrangement for the return journey.

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