Visiting The Mela

Location and Travel Information

The Edinburgh Mela takes place on Leith Links. Our public entrance is just off Duncan Place, by the children’s play area, postcode EH6 8BW.

Parking around the Mela site is limited. As part of our commitment to Greening the Mela, we’d like to encourage you to consider taking sustainable transport to the festival.

Walk or cycle

Walking or cycling is the most sustainable and healthy way to travel to our event! We provide a cycle parking area close to the main site entrance. Check out the following links for routes, journey planners and distance calculators (click on site names for links):

  • Cycle Streets: Cycle route journey planner that displays maps, journey time, distance, calories and CO2 avoided

  • Walkit: Urban walking route planner that displays maps, distance, time, calories and CO2 saved.

Take a bus

Leith Links is easily accessible by bus. Why don’t you leave the car at home and save the hassle of traffic and parking while reducing your carbon footprint? Check out your bus travel options:

  • Lothian Buses: Service 21 goes straight to Leith Links, while services 1, 12, 25, 34, 35 and 49 all stop nearby, and we’re only a five-minute walk away from the foot of Leith Walk, where you can also catch services 7, 10, 14, 16 and 22. Visit their website for timetables, maps and live bus stop departures or call them on 0131 555 6363

  • Scottish Citylink: For express coach services from cities and towns across Scotland visit the website or call 0871 266 3333

  • Traveline Scotland: For Scotland-wide public transport timetables, journey planners and smartphone apps visit the website or call 0871 200 2233

Take the train

If traveling from outside Edinburgh city hop on a train to Edinburgh Waverley where you can catch a direct bus from the city centre to Leith Links. Here are your train travel options:

  • ScotRail: For Scottish timetables and tickets.  Or call them on 0845 755 0033

  • National Rail Enquiries: For UK timetables and tickets. Or call them on 0845 748 4950

Share a car

Save some cash and reduce your carbon footprint by sharing your car journey. Register your car with a car-sharing initiative or connect with registered user who is doing a similar journey. Click on the names for some great car-sharing options.

  • goCarShare: Allows you to hire out spare seats in your car or find a user doing a similar journey. Type in Edinburgh Mela Festival to see who’s driving there, offer a spare seat or request a lift.

  • TripshareEdinburgh: Allows you to search for members doing similar journeys. It can match car journeys, taxi journeys, cycle and walking routes. It can be used for Edinburgh journeys or for trips throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK

Dogs at the Mela 

Please note, dogs are not allowed on-site at the Edinburgh Mela, with the exception of assistance dogs for the blind or disabled. 

Disabled parking

There are a very limited number of on-site parking spaces which are reserved for blue badge holders only; these are available on a first come first served basis.

Getting online in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is very well covered by the main mobile networks, with a strong 4G signal in most parts of the city centre and excellent 3G signal as well.  Further information on getting online in Edinburgh can be found here.

Edinburgh Airport

If you are travelling in to Edinburgh Airport, you may find it useful to look over the Edinburgh Airport Guide, which offers handy travel information for those travelling to, from and around Edinburgh Airport.