Transport Options

If you are running or spectating in the Half Marathon we recommend you purchase an event bus ticket for travel to and from the start and finish. For more information click the icon above.

Transport Map
Purchase Event Bus tickets


Public Transport

If you are travelling within Edinburgh and East Lothian, both Lothian Buses and East Coast Buses offer services on event day. Lothian Bus number 26 services Edinburgh, Musselburgh (finish area) and Prestonpans (start area) while the numbers 30 and 44 all service Musselburgh. East Coast Bus numbers 106, 113, 124 and 140 service Musselburgh (124 also services Prestonpans).

For further information please visit or Please be advised that due to road closures for the event, traffic may be rerouted through Musselburgh and take longer than advertised on your route planner.

– Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, Edinburgh, EH1 1BB
– Wallyford Train Station, The Loan, Wallyford, EH21 8AA (a 20 minute walk from the finish line at Musselburgh Racecourse)
– Prestonpans Train Station, Johnnie Cope’s Road, Prestonpans, EH32 9ES (a 15 minute walk from the Scottish Half Marathon start line at Meadowmill Sports Centre)

Dropping off
Please note that it is not possible to drop off Half Marathon runners at Meadowmill Sports Centre, nor on Gardiner Terrace. Runners attempting to be dropped off at these locations in previous years have caused disruption to other road users and the event itself. Runner drop off should take place at Prestonpans Train Station, which is a 15 minute walk from the Half Marathon start line at Meadowmill Sports Centre.

Car parking
There is extremely limited parking in Musselburgh town centre and no parking available at Meadowmill Sports Centre.

There is limited parking available for participants at Musselburgh Racecourse car park via Balcarres Road from 7:30am at a cost. Parking will be on a first come first served basis.

There will be event buses servicing Newcraighall Park and Ride, Musselburgh Grammar School and Wallyford Park & Ride for those running in the Scottish Half Marathon and you can buy a ticket for this service here. Parking at Newcraighall Park and Ride, Musselburgh Grammar School and Wallyford Park & Ride is free but on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive in plenty of time to park and travel to your start line, bearing in mind that the later you arrive, the greater the risk of the parking spaces being taken.

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, Prestonpans and the surrounding areas is restricted and for residents only.

Police Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Half Marathon 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 areas
– 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.

Road Closures

Want more information about road closures around event day? You can sign up to our road closures mailing list here.

To find out about the road closures for the 2021 event please click here.


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