More free buses from Central Area to KB!


From Monday 13 March – Friday 7 April 2017 University of Edinburgh students and staff will be able to use Lothian Buses Service 41 for inter-site travel between Central Area and King's Buildings for free. This is a pilot to test the use of a public bus service to provide much-needed extra capacity for the Shuttle Bus Service, which will continue to operate as normal during this time.

Note: Free access to the Service 41 is only available during core inter-site travel times of 10am-4.30pm to support inter-site travel needs brought about by the academic timetable.

Students’ Association President, Alec-Edgecliffe-Johnson says “We’re delighted that there is now a free public transport trial between King’s Buildings and the Central Area; after months of working with the University on this important issue. We hope that this will relieve some of the pressure on the shuttle bus, reducing the stress of travel and number of students missing valuable contact time. I’d ask students to make sure they feedback at the end of the trial to help ensure more permanent improvements to this service for the next academic year.”  

Here’s how it will work:

  • Students and staff will be able to board Service 41 at the Potterrow Bus Stop and the King's Buildings Bus Stop without paying a fare by showing their student or staff card to the driver!
  • The first Service 41 from Potterrow that may be accessed for free will be the 10.06am departure for King's Buildings, and the last service will be the 4.20pm.
  • The first Service 41 from King's Buildings that may be accessed for free will be the 10.01am departure for Potterrow, and the last service will be the 4.31pm.
  • At all other times, and at all other bus stops, students and staff will have to pay the normal Lothian Buses Fare to use Service 41.

For students who have an urgent requirement (for academic timetabling reasons) to travel between the sites there is a Priority Permit System in operation. The Permit provides priority access to the Shuttle Bus. Find out how to apply for a Priority Permit here.

Find out more about the trial here.


You can feedback on the trial via this link  Your comments will be used to evaluate the pilot and inform future decisions regarding the provision of bus transport between Central Area and King's Buildings.