Venue Information

We are a product of our own success, and Meet the Buyer 2020 has been booked in the biggest ever venue: the EICC in Edinburgh. The Supplier Development Programme has been working with the EICC staff to ensure that the event is as accessible and inclusive as possible. You can find more information on the venue below, or by visiting the EICC website.

How to get to the EICC

The EICC is located at 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE | View Location Map

By Bus
Edinburgh's main bus terminal is located at St Andrews Square. Bus connections stretch right across the UK. For details of these routes please visit: www.nationalexpress.com or www.citylink.co.uk.

For information on local bus services throughout Edinburgh visit www.lothianbuses.com

By Train
Edinburgh has two railway stations:

Waverley Station, which is 1.3 miles from EICC, is the city's main railway station and has direct routes to many cities across the country, including over 25 daily departures from London.

Haymarket Station, which is just 0.4 miles from EICC, is a stop for many commuter and some UK train routes. Please ensure that you check with your rail network provider to find out if your train will stop at Haymarket or Waverley.

For more information on the rail network within the UK, please visit East Coast, National Rail or Trainline; a one-stop shop for train and coach travel.

By Tram
Edinburgh Trams run between the Airport and York Place every 8-10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 12-15 minutes on a Sunday. The closest tram stop to the EICC is at Haymarket Station. Please visit Edinburgh Trams website for more details.

Walk to EICC from Haymarket Station
When exiting Haymarket Station head right (east), towards the pedestrian crossing. Walk straight up Morrison Street for a few minutes and you will find the EICC on the left hand side.

SEStran
For further advice on alternative modes of transport www.sestran.gov.uk

From Edinburgh Airport by Bus
The Airlink 100 operates a frequent bus service (every 10 minutes at peak times) between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre, with designated stops en route. The service starts at 04.30 and runs until 00.22 at night, with the journey taking 20 minutes. Tickets cost £4.50 single and £7.50 return. Delegates are advised to disembark at Haymarket Railway Station and to follow signs for EICC on foot (5 minute walk). See city centre map for directions.

The N22 bus also departs from outside the Airport entrance and runs every half an hour through the night until the Airlink service starts again. For more information about these services visit www.flybybus.com.

From Edinburgh Airport by Taxi
There is an excellent taxi service from the airport to the city. You'll find official airport taxis at the taxi rank outside the terminal building (follow the signs within the airport). It costs approximately £20 to get a taxi from the airport to the city centre and the journey takes 20 minutes depending on the time of day.

Travelling to Edinburgh by Car
The EICC is right in the centre of Edinburgh. The main entrance is 150 Morrison Street. For directions from your home or office visit www.multimap.com and input EH3 8EE for the destination postcode. The EICC venue offers a 30% discount for Castle Terrace car park. To take advantage of this offer, simply collect a ticket from Concierge in Strathblane Hall. (Please note: this parking discount offer is made by the EICC, can be revoked at any time, and is not guaranteed by the Supplier Development Programme or by Meet the Buyer 2020.)

Parking near the EICC
There are many car parks in close walking distance to the EICC. Please access the following links for further details:

National Car Parks (NCP) in central Edinburgh
Sheraton Hotel Car Park located 150 meters from the EICC, with limited accessible parking spaces
Semple Street Car Park located 300 meters from the EICC
Spaces near EICC available via yourparkingspace.co.uk

Tripshare Edinburgh
Created to help you quickly and easily find someone who shares your specific journey. Visit the website for full information www.TripshareEdinburgh.com

Cycling
There are bike racks next to the main entrance to chain up bikes. For nearby routes, take a look at Edinburgh's cycle paths, many of which run close to the EICC.


Accessibility at the EICC

The EICC is a modern, purpose-built and fully-accessible events venue. The venue has been designed to be inclusive to people of all abilities and the EICC team has received full Equality and Diversity Training.

Getting here
Located in The Exchange district of central Edinburgh, the EICC can be reached by several routes with plenty of accessible travel options to choose from.

Accessible Parking near the EICC
Dedicated accessible parking spaces are available in the following facilities:

Sheraton Hotel Car Park located 150 meters from the EICC, with limited accessible parking spaces
Semple Street Car Park located 300 meters from the EICC
Castle Terrace NCP Car Park located 650 meters from the EICC

In addition, there is on street parking on Morrison Street near the EICC's main entrance and in surrounding streets, such as Gardner's Crescent, which is free and without time limit for Blue Badge holders.

Visitors from outside the European Union can apply for Blue Badge status for the duration of their visit. They should contact the City of Edinburgh Council with as much notice as possible via their Request a Blue Badge webpage

Please note that you should not park:

  • In bus lanes during the hours of operation
  • In cycle lanes
  • On single or double red lines during the hours of operation or in a dangerous section of the road
  • On zig-zag pedestrian crossings at school entrance
  • In bus stops

Bus
Several local buses stop at Lothian Road, which is approx. 300 metres from the EICC. Additionally, Lothian Buses service No. 2 stops just a few metres from the EICC’s main entrances.

All Lothian Buses are easy access, they are equipped with:

  • Low entrances that can “kneel” to kerb height to give step free access where possible
  • Retractable boarding ramp for wheelchair access
  • Completely flat areas on the lower deck (with no internal steps)
  • High visibility handrails
  • A dedicated wheelchair space
  • Drivers who are specially trained to help customers enjoy the full benefit of their buses

Taxi
The EICC benefits from a reserved drop-off area where taxis and cars can park temporarily, directly outside the venue’s two entrances. The taxi rank is situated at the front of the EICC where there is a dropped kerb. Taxis can be booked at the EICC’s Concierge Desks.

The EICC's preferred taxi supplier is Central Taxis. All Central Taxis are wheelchair accessible. They offer a mix of 5-seater TX Hackney cabs, 6-seater Mercedes M8 taxis and Peugeot E7 taxis each of which is supplied with a wheelchair ramp, seatbelts and additional safety anchors. All drivers have completed training in Wheelchair Access and Disability Awareness.

Train
The closest train station to the EICC is Haymarket. The station is accessible and is less than 500 metres from the venue.

Waverley Station is one mile from the EICC. All entrances to the station are step-free. Further details can be found in Waverley Station’s accessibility guide.

Tram
Edinburgh Trams stop directly outside Haymarket Station, which is the closest tram stop to the EICC. The trams provide frequent connections from the city centre to Edinburgh Airport.

On Foot
The approach to the EICC from Lothian Road is flat with a gentle slope down towards the two main entrances - the Strathblane and the Lennox. From this direction you will arrive at the Lennox entrance first.

Arriving from Haymarket Station to the venue, after the step-free pedestrian crossing the pavement slopes upwards – from this direction you will arrive at the Strathblane entrance first.

Venue Access
The EICC’s two main entrances, the Strathblane and the Lennox, both have automated sliding doors which are operated by a push button from the outside and by sensor from the inside. During an event these doors are staffed with security who can offer assistance if required.

Strathblane (left) and Lennox (right) entrances

Navigating the venue
An effective concierge service, as well as prominent signage and lighting, ensure smooth navigation of the venue. In spite of the building’s complexity and size, it is highly-functional yet welcoming. A helpful team of staff is on-hand to assist with navigational and accessibility needs.

Lifts
All areas of the venue can be reached by lift. All lifts have spoken messages indicating which floor the lift is on and whether the doors are opening or closing. Additionally, all lifts have grab bars for delegates with impaired mobility.

Toilet Facilities
On each floor of the venue there are adapted toilets, with grab rails, emergency buttons, lowered mirrors and fittings. Currently these toilets allow for either a left or a right lateral transfer, not both.

Wheelchair Spaces
There are three spaces in the front of the Sidlaw and Fintry Auditoria, which are available for wheelchair users. There are also six wheelchair spaces in the Pentland Auditorium.

The EICC can make reasonable adjustments to facilities where required, such as providing a wheelchair ramp, which can be utilised to take wheelchair users on to the stage in the Lomond Suite, breakout rooms, Cromdale Hall, and Strathblane Hall.

Buggies
Buggies are welcomed at the EICC. There are Baby Changing facilities on all floors within the EICC. Leith’s, our catering partners, offer baby bottle and food warming if required.

Sign Language
The EICC has good links with the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters and can provide interpreters for all conferences at a reasonable fee.

Visual Impairments
Information can be passed on regarding producing conference information in braille or transferring written information onto tape for any delegates with a visual impairment.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Autism Aware
The EICC is committed to promoting equality and improving accessibility for everybody. The EICC understands that for some people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), sensory or additional needs, attending an event can be a daunting experience. Our aim is to be a leading international venue which is accessible to visitors with ASC. Working with The National Autistic Society, the EICC team has been equalities trained and is committed to following the company’s ethos of being inclusive to all EICC visitors.

Download our Autism Friendly Visitors Guide

Download our Autism Friendly Event Organisers Guide

Keep Safe
The EICC is proud to be a Keep Safe premise, meaning that it will provide help, if required, to vulnerable people when they are out in the community. Find out more about the Keep Safe initiative.

Edinburgh Dementia-Friendly Map
Edinburgh has many venues, cafes and attractions which establish themselves for those with dementia - access Bright Care's Dementia-Friendly Map which provides a guide for these locations.

Feedback & Contact Details
If the EICC has not covered your access requirements described on this page, or if you would like to provide any feedback regarding this access statement to the EICC, then please contact the EICC using the below details:

T: +44 (0) 131 300 3000 E: sales@eicc.co.uk

The EICC will be happy to discuss your needs and offer further assistance where we can. We regularly review and update our services in order to continually improve the visitor experience in our venue.

The EICC's sustainable journey

The EICC has made small changes to ensure all events, including Meet the Buyer 2020, are more eco-friendly.

1. Carbon offset

The EICC has a partnership with Forest Carbon Ltd and the Borders Forest Trust to plant new woodlands that will capture the unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions arising from events. The EICC works with hosts to calculate their carbon footprint during the event and arrange the purchase of 'carbon credits' which lead to the planting of trees that offset the emissions.

2. Powering the EICC's electric car

The EICC's team of business development managers spend a lot of time travelling the country to visit established and prospective clients. To lower emissions, the EICC purchased an electric car to reduce our carbon footprint and to educate others on emission reduction.

3. Plastic-free conferencing

Last year, the EICC eliminated single-use plastic from its front of house operations. This has led to a dramatic reduction in our plastic at EICC events. Read more about plastic-free conferencing here.

4. Locally-sourced

Food at the EICC is freshly prepared on the premises from seasonal ingredients, which are sourced within 200 miles of Edinburgh, where ever possible. The catering team adheres to an environmentally-sound approach to the disposal of waste including food, packaging, cooking oils and liquids.

5. Responsible disposal

Conferences and events inevitably generate waste food and materials. But by swapping the EICC's waste management suppliers to local organisations, the EICC has significantly reduced the need to travel in this area.

Edinburgh Accommodation & Parking Map

You can download a map of Edinburgh Accommodation & Parking, which shows the location of the EICC and the surrounding area.

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