Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Public Transport to Musselburgh

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Buses

The bus services into Musselburgh from Edinburgh's city centre are very frequent. There are four LRT buses and seven First buses that travel through the town.

The bus fare for both companies is £1.10 for a single journey and £2.50 for a day ticket. You can also purchase a 4-weekly bus pass for unlimited travel. This costs £36.00 from First and £37.00 from LRT - however, with valid student ID, you can get a 4-weekly LRT pass for only £31.00.

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LRT Bus # 30
This is the bus most QMU student's will be used to! It travels all the way from Cloverstone Drive in Wester Hails to Musselburgh Grammar School via Balgreen, the West End of Princess Street, North Bridge, Fort Kinnaird, QMU and Musselburgh High Street. According to the timetable, the journey from Princes Street to QMU only takes about 40 minutes but if you've made the trip, you'll know it feels a lot longer than that!!

Click
here for the full timetable.

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LRT Bus # 26
This is the bus that QMU students who went to the old campus will be familiar with! The 26 travels from Clerwood to Tranent or Seaton Sands. Be careful which bus you get as some only go as far as Eastfield or Levenhall. The route passes through Haymarket, St Andrews Square, Portobello, Musselburgh and Prestonpans before going to either Tranent or Seaton Sands. The timetable states the journey from Edinburgh city centre to Musselburgh takes about 30 minutes. It can sometime be a lot quicker to get the 26 from Edinburgh to Musselburgh then jump on a 30 up to QMU.

Click
here for the full timetable.
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LRT Bus # 44
The 44's journey covers Balerno, Slateford, Haymarket, St Andrews Square, Brunstane, Musselburgh and ends up in Wallyford. The timetable advises the route from Edinburgh city centre to Musselburgh will take about 35 minutes. Getting this bus to Musselburgh then switching to a 30 is another alternative to getting the #30 bus directly from town to uni.

Click
here for the full timetable.

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LRT Bus # 15
Last and least frequent is the 15/15A bus. This service travels all the way from Penicuik to Tranent, passing by The Rosslyn Chapel (that was featured in Dan Brown's 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code!!), Midlothian Ski Centre (for some outdoor skiing on fake snow!), Fairmilehead, Morningside, Tollcross, St Andrews Square, Portobello, Musselburgh and arriving in Tranent (an hour and 40 mins later). The journey from town to Musselburgh is timetabled to take about 35 minutes.

Click
here for the full timetable.

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First Buses
For a list of all the First buses that travel via Musselburgh & timetable information, please click here.
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Night Buses
Lothian Buses offer a night service for #26 and #44. With fares of only £2.50 (or £1.50 with a valid Ridacard) it's a good cheap alternative to a taxi home from Edinburgh's city centre.

Click here for N26 details.
Click here for N44 details.
Unfortunately the N30 is no longer running.
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Trains
A lot of QMU students get the train into university as it is obviously a lot faster than the bus. Scotrail run trains from Edinburgh Waverly to Musselburgh hourly. Single fares cost £1.90 and a day return costs £3.00. Click here for Scotrail's website to find out timetables and keep an eye out for any service disruptions.
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Fancy a rant about public transport? Hate buses? Sick of the trains being cancelled? Click on "comments" below this post to write about it!
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey i thought ur blog was very usefull, explains everything really well, i now know where everything is in musselburgh and how 2 get there!!!i also like the directions finder part an easy way to find ur way arount town.
i liked the lay out aalso, as it's easy to navigate and is easy to follow!!!!xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hey really like this part as it goes into detail and answers all questions. The pics are really good too breaks up all the writing! luv m x

michaela said...

hi all,
the students' union is currrently campaigning against the withdrawal of the N30 sevice to and from campus on weekdays. students and staff rely on this service so we are lobbying Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Council to reinstate this service.
What do you think?
You can email union@qmu.ac.uk
ta,
m

-- Carole -- said...

Thanks for your comment Michaela.

I'm glad you're campaigning to keep the N30. Taxis back to Musselburgh on a night out are too expensive for skint students.

Bring back the N30!!!

Carole x