About Edinburgh

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, a large estuary on the east coast of Scotland. Founded as a royal burgh in the 12th century and becoming the capital of Scotland in the 15th century, Edinburgh is a city with a rich and fascinating history. As one of six UNESCO World Heritage sites in Scotland, Edinburgh is characterised by a mix of historic architecture, bustling streets, and cultural landmarks, and has consistently been recognised as a top city to visit in the United Kingdom, which captivates visitors from all over the world.

Know as “Athens of the North”, Edinburgh has a reputation as a centre of learning, culture, and intellectual pursuits. The nickname, which is drawing comparisons to the ancient Greek city of Athens, emerged when Edinburgh became a hub for philosophical and scientific advancements during the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century, which was inspired by Ancient Greek philosophy with its humanist and rationalist outlook. 

Practical Information

How to get to the city centre…

…From the airport
Tram: The tram goes directly from the airport to the city centre. Tickets can be bought in vending machines at any tram stop – including at the airport.

Bus: The bus Airlink 100 goes directly from the airport to the city centre. Book tickets online.

…From the bus- and train station
Edinburgh Bus Station and Edinburgh Waverly Train Station are both located right in the heart of Edinburgh.

How to get to the venue…
Bus lines: 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, 34, 35, 36, and 47.


Time zone: GMT/UTC +1 hour in the summer

Dialling code: United Kingdom +44

Airport: Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP) 


Emergency Services | 999

Tourism Office | +44 131 472 2222 

Power socket:
Please remember to bring an adaptor for the power sockets, depending on which location you arrive from.

If you are travelling from abroad to Edinburgh, be aware, that you might need local SIM card to be able to make calls and access the internet.
We recommend airalo for purchasing eSIM.

We invite you to embark on an unforgettable journey in Edinburgh. This captivating city seamlessly weaves together its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cultural scene. Explore historic landmarks, indulge in the local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere that fuels inspiration and innovation. For detailed information about the venue, exciting attractions, and near by accommodation, please follow the links below.

Do you want to know more about the venue and what to expect at the EICC? – The Venue
Are you wondering what Edinburgh has to offer? Look no further – What to do in Edinburgh
Don’t know where to stay yet? We have a bed for you! – Accommodation