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Transport and Travel


Within our University Strategy we have committed to minimise our wider carbon footprint. Two key areas of our wider carbon footprint are the day-to-day commute of all students and staff to our campuses and the term-time commute of students to Edinburgh.

We estimate that both these day-to-day and term-time commutes emit 7,000 tCO2e, 14,000 tCO2e in total. We will work with our community to support sustainable modes of travel, including walking, wheeling, cycling and use of public transport.

Our 2020 travel survey showed that 70% of staff and students walked, wheeled, cycled or used public transport to access our campuses. An incredible 90% of students at Merchiston used sustainable travel choices, as well as 80% at Craiglockhart and 70% at Sighthill. Our campuses at Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill have good public transport routes and facilities for active travellers such as bike storage, showers and changing facilities.

Since March 2020 we have seen a significant reduction in commute emissions while our student and staff community study and work from home. Our guidance and partnership links also support and provide information on options for all journeys from home.​

Travel guidance during Covid-19 

If you need to travel to the University, please plan ahead. Visit Transport ​Scotland​ for the latest Scottish Government advice and up-to-date guidance on public transport and active travel. 

However you travel, please ensure you are very clear of the facilities available and rules in place before you start your journey. Keep in mind that many public transport operators are running reduced services.

Travel information

There are many options for travel to and from our campuses, student accommodation and other sites the University uses. 

Information contained on our travel pages are for guidance only. Staff, students and visitors should assess any risks associated with any form of transport used for the daily and term-time commute.​ If you’re looking for information on travel maps, bike locks, bike storage and facilities or public transport, please contact environment@napier.ac.uk.

Active Travel

Edinburgh Napier University has gained almost £300,000 in grants to support active travel over the past ten years, including funding from Cycling Scotland, SEStran and Sustrans. The grants have supported projects such as the off-road path through Edinburgh College.

We're working in partnership with Sustrans to develop a network of Active Travel Champions throughout the University, and have champions in place at Merchiston and Sighthill. For more information on the role, visit the Sustran​s​ website​.

Other travel events


We run other travel events through the year to engage with students and staff and provide them with the information, support and encouragement they need to consider changing to more sustainable transport and travel options.

Annual Electric Vehicle Event

The Edinburgh Napier Transport Research Institute holds an annual electric vehicle event each October, with keynote speakers, exhibition stands and a range of electric vehicles on show, from buses and cars to vans and bikes!

Be Bright, Be Seen

We work with the City of Edinburgh Council to host Be Bright, Be Seen events across campus in the autumn. At our most recent events in November 2019, we organised pop-up roadshows on all three campuses for safety tips and free goodies for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This was to remind people of the darker mornings and nights and to spread the message to be safe and seen when travelling. Around 100 people visited the stalls over the course of the three days.

Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge

We take part in the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge in March each year to encourage staff and students to swap out car journeys for a more sustainable travel option. In 2020, our Edinburgh Napier community logged 488 journeys and travelled 4,927 miles, saving 679kg CO2!

Sustainable Travel Fair

In March 2020 we hosted a Sustainable Travel Fair across all three campuses, inviting partner organisations including Lothian Buses, Sustrans Scotland, JustEat Bikes, Home Energy Scotland and The Bike Station. Students and staff were invited to come along and discover alternative, more sustainable ways to travel to campus, with fun activities such as a smoothie bike and freebies. More than 300 people attended the events over the course of the three days.