Guide

Travelling to the University of Dundee

Updated on 7 September 2020

How to travel to the University of Dundee by car, train, bus, or plane

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The University of Dundee has three campuses: our City Campus in the centre of Dundee, Ninewells Campus to the west of the city, and in Kirkcaldy.

Car

Car parking on the city campus is for permit holders only.

Official visitors should contact the department they are visiting to arrange a temporary permit. Pay on exit parking is available at Ninewells Hospital. Car parking at Kirkcaldy campus is free of charge.

Satnav postcodes

  • Tower Building: DD1 4HN
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design: DD1 4HT
  • Dalhousie Building: DD1 5EN
  • Ninewells Hospital: DD2 1UB
  • Kirkcaldy Campus: KY2 5YS

Travelling from Edinburgh

Travel time: 90 minutes

Travelling from Perth

Travel time: 30 minutes

Travelling from Aberdeen

Travel time: 95 minutes

Travelling from Glasgow

Travel time: 90 minutes


Do you frequently travel to Dundee by car?

Join our liftshare scheme for staff and students

Cycle

Dundee is a small city and most parts are easily reached in 20-30 minutes by bicycle from the city centre. You can plan your route using the Sustrans route planner.

It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to ride from the city campus to Ninewells.

Cycle facilities

  • Cyclists can use the showers at the University swimming pool (DUSA), in the Matthew Building, and at the sports centre (ISE) for free.
  • Bicycle racks and lockers are available on the main campus.
  • Bike shelters are at Ninewells, and a bike stand at Kirkcaldy.
  • Staff can borrow bikes to use around city and campus from the University's bike pool
  • Electric bicycles, tandems, and folding bikes are also available for hire at EBS Cycle Centre

If you require access to secure cycle parking facilities then please contact Trudy Cunningham

Train

Dundee and Kirkcaldy stations are both on the main East Coast line with direct LNER and Cross Country services from:

  • Newcastle
  • York
  • London
  • Carlisle
  • Preston
  • Coventry
  • Birmingham
  • Oxford
  • Bristol
  • Reading
  • Southampton
  • Bournemouth
  • and Plymouth.

Overnight sleeper services by Caledonian Sleeper run from London, the south coast, and the west country.

ScotRail journeys from other major cities in Scotland (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street) take approximately 75 minutes.

Due to a train derailment at Stonehaven on 12 August, there are currently no trains running between Aberdeen and Dundee. Network Rail have not announced a date for reopening this line.

Dundee Railway Station is in the city centre, a few minutes walk to City Campus. Ninewells Campus is 15 minutes by bus. Kirkcaldy Railway station is directly opposite Kirkcaldy Campus.

For times and tickets visit train operator websites or check National Rail Enquiries +44(0)3457 48 49 50.

Bus or coach

Dundee Bus Station is to the east of the city centre. It is a 15-20 minute walk to the City Campus. Most city bus routes travel to Ninewells Hospital.

Kirkcaldy is served by many Stagecoach East Scotland services. There are several bus stops within a few minutes walk of our campus.

Air

Dundee Airport has daily flights to and from London Stansted. Flights from elsewhere in the UK, or international airports, will land at one of four Scottish airports, with Glasgow and Edinburgh being closest. View guides for public transport links from each airport to Dundee.

If you are flying into England, and are required to self-isolate, you can travel to Scotland, stopping overnight in safe accommodation if required. However, you must adhere to the current guidance until you reach your destination where you will self-isolate.

In England, if you do not self-isolate, you can be fined £1,000. If you do not provide an accurate contact detail declaration – or do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move from the accommodation where you’re self-isolating to another place to continue self-isolating – you can be fined up to £3,200. More information about potential fines can be found on the UK Government website.

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    Local transport

    Bus stops near our Dundee campuses

    University building Bus stop
    Tower Building Nethergate at University
    Nethergate at Queens Hotel
    Duncan of Jordanstone Perth Road opposite Roseangle
    Perth Road opposite Airlie Place
    Dalhousie Building Hawkhill opposite Hunter Street
    Hawkhill near Hunter Street
    Ninewells (Main Concourse) Stance A | Stance B
    Stance C | Stance D
    Ninewells (A+E / Mackenzie Building) Kirsty Semple Way at James Arnott Drive
    Kirsty Semple Way near James Arnott Drive
    Botanic Gardens Perth Road opposite Glamis Road
    Perth Road at Glamis Road
    Newhall Gardens opposite Botanic Gardens

    Dundee's two major bus operators are Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach Strathtay. Stagecoach offers discounts for employees on seven day and four week bus tickets.

    Their sites include details of routes, ticket prices, and offers including flexi-cards and season tickets.

    Many buses come regularly (10 to 20 minutes) during daytime. Last buses leave the city centre about 23:15 on most routes.

    Kirkcaldy

    For Kirkcaldy campus, visit Stagecoach East Scotland.

    Taxis and private hire cars

    There are taxi ranks at Ninewells Hospital, in the city centre.

    Local taxi firms include Tele-Taxis +44 (0)1382 825 825 and 20 30 20 +44 (0)1382 20 30 20.

    Night bus service

    DUSA runs a free nightly bus service which will take you anywhere you ask within the city boundary.

    Visit DUSA website for more information

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