How to reach us

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is situated off the A902, one mile north of the city centre, with entrances on Inverleith Row (East Gate) and Arboretum Place (West Gate and John Hope Gateway).

Getting here by bus

There are regular public bus services (Lothian Buses 8, 23 or 27) to the East Gate on Inverleith Row. These buses also stop beside 20A Inverleith Row, the site of the Library, Herbarium, Laboratory and Administration buildings, as well as the Lecture Theatre and Meeting Rooms.

During the summer months, Lothian Bus 9 services the West Gate on Arboretum Place.  It runs every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.  Plus, it will run until 22:30 on Midsummer’s Eve, Saturday 21 June, to bring you to and from the Garden’s Late Opening.  This special service will run throughout summer until 21 September. Find the timetable here.

The Majestic Tour Bus and the World Heritage Tour Bus also visits the Garden.

For timetables and further details of these bus services, please visit their websites.

Coming by bicycle

The East Gate of the Garden, and the Administration buildings, are all very close to the National Cycle Network Route 75, a dedicated traffic-free cycle path. A limited amount of bicycle parking is available at both Gates; we will soon be upgrading and expanding our bike racks to make better provision for visiting cyclists.

For information and maps of the National Cycle Network, go to www.sustrans.org.uk

Coming by car

Extensive parking is available around the perimeter of the Garden and on adjacent side streets. Parking is free at weekends and evenings, but is metered Mondays to Fridays between 8.30am and 5.30pm. However, please note that Arboretum Place will be closed to traffic from 9am to 12 noon on Sunday, 4 August 2013 to accommodate the One Big Weekend race event organised by JogScotland.

Disabled parking bays: There is disabled parking available at the John Hope Gateway (West Gate) on Arboretum Place.

Coach drop-off points: All coaches should drop passengers off by the West Gate entrance. Please note, however, there is no designated coach parking area.

Rail and airport connections

The nearest rail station is Edinburgh Waverley, which is only 1.5 miles away and is connected to the Garden by Lothian Buses service 8 (see above).

Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles from the Garden. A frequent Airlink bus runs between the airport and the city centre.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh | Inverleith Row/Arboretum Place | Edinburgh EH3 5LR

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)