Getting to the start

The start of the Edinburgh Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay is on Potterrow (EH8 9AL) in the city centre. The race will finish at Pinkie (EH21 7HA) St Peter’s Primary School, Musselburgh, approximately 8 miles from Edinburgh city centre.

On foot

The races start at Potterrow. Potterrow is a 15 minute walk from Princes Street.

By bike

The race starts close to the National Cycle Network. For more information please click here.

By bus

East Coast Buses and Lothian Buses operate services to the city centre and close to the start area. Full details are available at

If you live in the Cockenzie, Port Seton, Prestonpans areas or are residing at Seton Sands Caravan Park, you can get a Lothian Bus service. Full details are available at

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. It is a 10 minute walk from the start at Potterrow.

By tram

Edinburgh Trams operates services to the City Centre every 7 minutes from locations such as Edinburgh Airport, Ingliston Park & Ride and Edinburgh Gateway. Princes Street tram stop is a 10-15 minute walk from Potterrow. For more information visit

The Finish & getting back to Edinburgh City Centre after the race

There will be EMF Event Buses operating for the Team Relay, Half Marathon and Full Marathon events for runners and spectators. Park & ride EMF Event Buses operate between Newcraighall, Straiton and Sheriffhall Park & Ride sites, from which you can travel to the Start or Finish of the races. Wallyford Park & Ride is closed.

Public Bus

Lothian Buses operate services between the finish area at Musselburgh and Edinburgh City Centre. For further details click here. For more information please visit

By train

The nearest train stations are Musselburgh Train Station and Wallyford Train Station. They are both a 20 minute walk from the finish area. These trains will take you to Edinburgh Waveley. For more information please visit

By car

There is no parking available in Musselburgh and restrictions are in place. Please plan your travel and use public transport or the EMF event shuttle buses above. Wallyford Park & Ride is closed.

Please DO NOT take your car to Musselburgh.

The continuing success of the event depends upon the support of the local community and sadly last year, despite parking restrictions being in place we experienced massive problems with runners and spectators parking illegally, blocking bus routes, residents driveways and even cars being abandoned on the pavements making it impossible for people using wheelchairs or parents with prams to use the pavement, instead being forced onto the open road to pass.
If you are parking anywhere over the event weekend, please do so legally and with respect to those who live in these areas, however please note that parking in Musselburgh and the surrounding area is restricted and for residents only.
Police Scotland, Edinburgh City Council, East Lothian Council and EMF organisers take this issue very seriously and the following measures will be in operation

There will be marshals in place to enforce parking restrictions. Only residents will be issued passes to access the restricted area

The drivers of all vehicles parked illegally will be fined.

Any vehicles parked illegally and causing obstruction or congestion will be towed away.

Please help us by planning your travel in advance of the event weekend and where possible, leave the car and choose one of the many transport options available.