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Lothian flamingo bus - official transport partner of RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Information regarding travel by car and public transport can be found below.

Public Transport 

By Bus

Lothian Chameleon bus rear - official transport partner of RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo can be easily accessed via public transport with high frequency bus services from Edinburgh city centre. There are two bus stops outside the front entrance. Lothian 12, 26 and, 31 services all stop outside and can be picked up near both Haymarket and Waverly Station or in the city centre. The 100 Airlink Service also stops regularly outside our front entrance and operates between Edinburgh Airport and the City Centre.

The following Lothian services pass the Zoo every few minutes:

Service 12: Seafield - Leith - Princes Street -Haymarket – Zoo – Gyle Centre

Service 26 : Seton Sands/Tranent – Portobello – City Centre – Zoo – Clerwood

Service 31 : Bonnyrigg – City Centre – Zoo – East Craigs

All Lothian buses are now low-floor and fully accessible for wheelchairs and foldable buggies. For more information, including times and fares, please visit >

Other Services:

900 Citylink - Glasgow - Edinburgh

909 Citylink - Stirling - Edinburgh

904 Citylink - East Kilbride - Edinburgh

For the latest Citylink timetables and fares please visit >


Lothian is an official transport partner of RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. Click here to find our more about our partnership...


By Train

There are two trains stations in the centre of Edinburgh; Edinburgh Waverley Station and Edinburgh Haymarket Station. Train timetables and ticket information are available from the > First ScotRail website.

From Waverley and Haymarket stations, take the buses listed above (From Edinburgh City Centre) to Edinburgh Zoo.  

Alternatively, if you are coming from further a field why not take the > First Transpennine Express


By Car

Please note that car parking spaces are limited and there is a £4.00 car park admission cost (cash only). You will also find two electric car charging points in the Zoo’s main car park in dedicated parking bays which are free to use. During the day, some parking can also be found within the vicinity of the Zoo but please note this space is also limited due to the residential nature of our location.

If you are have pre-booked ticket to see the giant pandas, please allow for sufficient travel time to avoid missing your allocated time slot, as we cannot guarantee re-allocating a new time.

If you are using a Sat Nav please use postcode: EH12 6TS

No dogs or other animals are allowed to be left in vehicles or otherwise unattended.


By Bicycle

The Zoo is very close to Carrick Knowe cycle route (access from Downie Grove), which in turn connects by minor roads and other cycle routes to most of the city. To work out your best route, see the Spokes Edinburgh Cycle Map (available at most book and bike shops, or online at >   An online cycle route planner is also available at >

Cycle parking (Sheffield racks) is available on the pavement immediately outside the zoo.  There is currently no visitor bike parking on the site, but this is something we are looking into.