Best / Cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh To St.Andrews

Best / budget way to travel To St.Andrews from EDI Airport

Edinburgh To St.Andrews by bus is the cheapest option, and involves fewer changes than traveling by train. but it takes over 2hours.
The best way to get from St Andrews to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) without a car is to take a train from leuchars which takes minimum 1h 25m and costs £22 – £30.


Public transport

From Edinburgh airport, take the Airlink (Service 100) Bus which departs from directly outside domestic arrivals.
You can buy tickets at the Airlink Kiosk, on board the bus, or in advance at the Lothian Buses website.
Your journey will take 30 minutes to Waverly Bridge in the city centre. Airlink buses run 24 hours a day and a single ticket costs £4.50.

On arrival at Waverley Bridge, proceed to Edinburgh Waverly train station and board a train to Dundee, Aberdeen or Dyce.
This train will stop at Leuchars station.
Train tickets can be purchased at the station’s ticket office or from a machine on the station concourse.

Alternatively, at the airport you can get a tram to Edinburgh gateway station.
Trams run every 8 to 12 minutes and take 35 minutes.
You can then board a train to Dundee, Aberdeen or Dyce, which will also stop at Leuchars station.

Another option is to the 747 Airport bus from Stance G outside the airport to Halbeath Park and Ride (operated by Stagecoach buses and running every half hour).
There transfer to the Stagecoach X24 or X59 bus to St Andrews.
It normally takes no more than 2 hours.

Timetables for the Jet 747 can be found here.

Timetables for the X59 can be found here.

Airports in Scotland:

The closest airports to St Andrews which offer plenty of connections both nationally and internationally are:

  • Aberdeen  (84 miles) (Taxi service to St Andrews Starting from £150)
  • Edinburgh (48 miles) (Taxi service to St Andrews Starting from  £100 )
  • Glasgow   (90 miles) (Taxi service to St Andrews Starting from  £150)
  • Glasgow Prestwick (113 miles) To St Andrews Starting from     £185)
  • Dundee Airport       (15 miles) To St Andrews Starting from        £45 )
Contact form St.Andrews taxis

From Edinburgh Airport you can proceed by Airlink bus to the centre of Edinburgh .(Haymarket or Waverley Stations) and then by train to Leuchars station.
From there you take a bus to St Andrews.
More info on buses browse the Stagecoach website or on National Rail Enquiries


This combined ticket scheme allows you to travel by train to Leuchars station,
then on by bus to St. Andrews, using ANY bus.
Buses run every 10 – 15 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays. When you buy your rail ticket, just ask for a St. Andrews railbus ticket. Each ticket allows one single or return bus journey.

Buses between Leuchars and St.Andrews.

  • Stagecoach in Fife operates Services F1, F2, 23A, 72, 96, 96A, 99, 99A & 99B. Tel 01382 541159
  • Moffat & Williamson operates Service 92.

St Andrews Bus Station opening hours:
Monday to Friday    7am to 10pm
Saturday                 7am to 10pm
Sunday                   7am to 8:30pm

St Andrews bus station has luggage lockers available in the waiting room.
A non-returnable charge of £1 is levied for each locker.

Best / Cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh To St.Andrews.
To St Andrews by bus is the cheapest option, and involves fewer changes than traveling by train.

We still believe that taking a taxi is good value for money in the late or early hours of the day. Also you could consider staying at a hotel near your airport.

Scotland history facts and figures

Scotland history facts and figures

Status: Part of United Kingdom
Land area: 30,414 sq mi (78,772 sq km)
Monetary unit: British pound sterling (£)
Languages: English, Scots Gaelic
Religions: Church of Scotland (established church—Presbyterian), Roman Catholic, Scottish Episcopal Church, Baptist, Methodist


Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It is bounded by England in the south and on the other three sides by water: by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and north and by the North Sea on the east. Scotland is divided into three physical regions—the Highlands; the Central Lowlands, containing two-thirds of the population; and the Southern Uplands. The western Highland coast is intersected throughout by long, narrow sea lochs, or fjords. Scotland also includes the Outer and Inner Hebrides and other islands off the west coast and the Orkney and Shetland Islands off the north coast.
England and Scotland have shared a monarch since 1603 and a parliament since 1707, but in May 1999, Scotland elected its own parliament for the first time in three centuries. The new Scottish legislature was in part the result of British prime minister Tony Blair’s campaign promise to permit devolution, the transfer of local powers from London to Edinburgh. In a Sept. 1997 referendum, 74% of Scotland voted in favor of their own parliament, which controls most domestic affairs, including health, education, and transportation, and has powers to legislate and raise taxes. Queen Elizabeth opened the new parliament on July 2, 1999.


The first inhabitants of Scotland were the Picts, a Celtic tribe. Between A.D. 82 and A.D. 208, the Romans invaded Scotland, naming it Caledonia. Roman influence over the land, however, was minimal.
The Scots, a Celtic tribe from Ireland, migrated to the west coast of Scotland in about 500. Kenneth McAlpin, king of the Scots, ascended the throne of the Pictish kingdom in about 843, thereby uniting the various Scots and Pictish tribes under one kingdom called Dal Riada. By the 11th century, the monarchy had extended its borders to include much of what is Scotland today.
English influence in the region expanded when Malcolm III, king of Scotland from 1057–1093, married an English princess. England’s appetite for Scottish land began to grow over the 12th and 13th centuries, and in 1296 King Edward I of England successfully invaded Scotland. The following year Robert the Bruce led a revolt for independence, was crowned king of Scotland (Robert I) in 1306, and after years of war defeated the English in 1314 at the Battle of Bannockburn. In 1328 the English finally recognized Scottish independence.
In the 16th century John Knox introduced the Scottish reformation, and the Presbyterian Church replaced Catholicism as the official religion. In 1567, Mary, queen of Scots, a Catholic, was forced to abdicate the Scottish throne and was later executed by Elizabeth I of England. Mary’s son, James VI, was raised as a Protestant, and in 1603 he succeeded Elizabeth on the English throne as King James I of England. James thus became ruler of both Scotland and England, though the countries remained separate. In 1707, after a century of turmoil, Scotland and England passed the Act of Union, which united Scotland, England, and Wales under one rule as the Kingdom of Great Britain. The House of Hanover replaced the Stuart lineage on the throne in 1714, which caused a rebellion among Scots who still supported the Stuarts. The Jacobites, as the rebels were called, led two uprisings, in 1715 and again in 1745.
With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, Scotland, whose chief product had been textiles, began developing the industries of shipbuilding, coal mining, iron, and steel. In the late 20th century, Scotland concentrated on electronics and high-tech industries. The North Sea has also become an important source of oil and gas.

St Andrews Cathedral was once the most important religious site
in the whole of Scotland. 
Today the cathedral is in ruins but it is still an impressive and inspiring site.

Historical background

There was already an important religious community at St Andrews,
known then as Kilrymont, in the 8th century. It grew in status with the arrival
of relics associated with the martyred apostle St Andrew. Traditionally these relics consisted of an arm bone, three fingers, a tooth, and a knee cap. These relics were interred in a shrine which, by the 10th century, had become a major place of pilgrimage for travellers from all across Europe. The pilgrims in turn provided a valuable source of income for construction work.

In 1123 Robert became bishop and established the Augustinian priory St Rule’s, whose church and tower is still standing today at the cathedral site.
In the 1160s Bishop Arnold initiated the building of a vast new cathedral. The
building work suffered many setbacks. Gales caused widespread destruction in the 1270s and during his occupation
in the Wars of Independence, Edward 1 of England ordered the stripping of
lead from the roof for ammunition. The cathedral was finally consecrated
in 1318, attended by King Robert the Bruce, who, according to legend, rode up the aisle on a horse. The scale and wealth of the building
was dazzling. The longest church – and the biggest building of any kind − in Scotland, it was an impressive seat for the bishops of the Scottish Church. The cathedral also housed the priory, living quarters of the canons who maintained
the cathedral. The town thrived around the cathedral and benefited from the
visitors it beckoned.
The life of this awesome complex of buildings, however, came to an abrupt end in 1559 with the Reformation. Following a rousing sermon against idolatry by preacher John Knox, the interior of the cathedral was sacked by a Protestant mob. Worship at the cathedral ceased almost immediately and the site declined into a source of building material and latterly a favored local burial ground.

The Town of St Andrews

What to see in St Andrews Scoltand

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The first inhabitants who settled on the estuary fringes of the river Tay and Eden during middle stone age came from the plains in Northern Europe between 10,000 to 5,000 BC. This was followed by the nomadic people who settled around the modern town around 4,500 BC as farmers cleaning the area of woodland and building monuments

The parishes lie on the south bank of the River Eden and are bounded by Leuchars, Kingsbarns, Dunino, Cameron, Ceres and Kemback.

“FIFE, a maritime county of the east side of Scotland, lying nearly in the middle of the lowland region, which is bounded by the Lammermoors on the south, and the Grampians on the north. It is a peninsula, enclosed by the Firth Of Tay on the north, the North Sea in the east, and the Firth of Forth on the south; and it marches on the west with Perthshire, Kinross-shire, and Clackmannanshire …The southern coast is, for the most part, indented by small rocky bays with corresponding projecting headlands; but along the banks of the Tay, the grounds slope gently toward the beach, and are generally cultivated to the river’s edge. Along the north-eastern shore, towards St Andrews, it presents one large plain, terminating in a flat beach of sand.”

This picture was taken at Butts Wynd St Andrews Fife KY16 9AL
This picture was taken at Butts Wynd St Andrews Fife
The origins of the Pier Walk are veiled in obscurity though most people believe it was started to commemorate the heroism of John Honey, a student of the university. In 1800 he rescued five men from a ship sinking in St Andrews Bay. Five times he swam out and each time he returned with a rescued man.
The origins of the Pier Walk are veiled in obscurity though most people believe it was started to commemorate the heroism of John Honey, a student of the university. In 1800 he rescued five men from a ship sinking in St Andrews Bay. Five times he swam out and each time he returned with a rescued man.

the Pier Walk is one of the oldest traditions in St Andrews. Every Sunday, after chapel service, students in their gowns walk down to the end of the pier, climb up the ladder and walk back along the top.

The Cathedral of St Andrew first foundation goes back to 1158 until it fell into disuse after the Reformation
The Cathedral of St Andrew first foundation goes back to 1158 until it fell into disuse after the Reformation

St Andrew’s cathedral was founded to supply more accommodation than the older church of St. Regulus (St. Rule) afforded. This older church, located on what became the cathedral grounds, had been built in the Romanesque style. Today, there remains the square tower, 33 metres (108 feet) high, and the quire, of very diminutive proportions. On a plan of the town from about 1530, a chancel appears, and seals affixed to the city and college charters bear representations of other buildings attached. To the east is an even older religious site, the Church of St Mary on the Rock, the Culdee house that became a Collegiate Church.

Museum of the University of St Andrews

The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) displays to the public some of the treasures from the University’s collection of over 112,000 artefacts.
The museum has four galleries, a ‘Learning Loft’ and a viewing terrace with panoramic views over St Andrews Bay.
Explore St Andrews by foot: guided walk
Museum of the University of St Andrews, 7a The Scores,
St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AR

Burials at St Andrew’s cathedral

  • Andrew Forman
  • Allan Robertson
  • Old Tom Morris
  • Saint Andrew (partial remains)