There are a number of Hotels, B&B, Hostels and Airbnbs in Edinburgh.

Possible hotels nearby the venue include:

  • Hotel Novotel Edinburgh Centre
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel
  • Travelodge Hotel – Edinburgh Central
  • Premier Inn Edinburgh Central (Lauriston Place) Hotel
  • Ten Hill Place Hotel



By air

Edinburgh Airport is situated about 12km west of the city centre. Once you arrive, you can travel to the city centre by tram, bus, taxi or car.

Edinburgh Trams run services from every 7 minutes to the city centre with a journey time of about 30 minutes. Services operate between 06:18-22:48. The fare is £5.50 for an adult single and £8.50 for an adult return.

You can catch a bus outside the main entrance. Buses into Edinburgh include:

  • Airlink 100 (Stop D) which is an express service that runs from the airport to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations) with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. Tickets cost £4.50 for a single and £7.50 for a return and can be bought in advance online, at the bus stop, or from the driver. The bus service runs every 10-30 minutes.
  • Night bus N22 (Stop D) which runs between 00:45 and 04:15 every 30minutes, with a journey time of approximately 30minutes. The flat fare is £3 which includes unlimited travel for one night).
  • Service 35 (Stop F) which runs every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays. The journey time is approximately an hour to Holyrood and it costs £1.60 for a single ticket and £4.00 for a DAYticket.

Taxis and private hire vehicles are located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park opposite the main terminal building. A journey to the city typically takes about 25 minutes.

By rail

Edinburgh has excellent rail links throughout the UK. All trains arrive at Waverly Station in the city centre and some trains stop at Haymarket a smaller station in the West End.

By bus

Edinburgh is placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here is easy with regular bus services from all major UK cities. Most buses to Edinburgh arrive at the Edinburgh Bus Station on St Andrew Square in the city centre.


The conference is supported by the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1582, making it the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. The university’s Centre for Design Informatics, which hosts the conference, provides a platform in which design and data science can mix.

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and is renowned to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with a world class combination of arts, culture, music and dining. Edinburgh uniquely marries history and modernity, heritage and innovation, as reflected in the city’s architecture and surroundings.

Edinburgh’s reputation as a world renowned cultural capital is cemented in large part because of its year-round programme of festivals, which generate £200m for the local economy and support almost 4,000 jobs. This creative legacy underpins Edinburgh’s reputation as a centre of creativity, innovation and economic prosperity.

The capital is home to the majority of Scottish national institutions including the Royal Scottish Academy (founded 1826) the National Gallery of Art (1859), the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (1889), National Library of Scotland (1925), the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (1960) and the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) (1994).

For more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, including accommodation, leisure activities and dining, visit This is Edinburgh.