The Edinburgh Convention Bureau has negotiated rates and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending the congress.
August is an extremely busy time in the city and we would encourage delegates to book early to avoid disappointment.
Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital is a truly beautiful, compact and safe city, ideal for exploring on foot. It is vibrant, modern and dynamic, bustling with life and enterprise.
As a World Heritage site, it is famous for its castle perched on a volcanic rock just a few minutes walk from where the congress will be held. There is also a plethora of stunning architecture and wonderful galleries, museums and theatres. Edinburgh is an exciting city with much to see and do. Please use the links below to make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
Experience Edinburgh - Click here to visit
Plan your time in Edinburgh or extend your stay in Scotland. This website from Edinburgh Convention Bureau provides listings for bus tours, pubs & restaurants, shopping and golf courses and adventure packed activities – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Inspiring Capital - Click here to visit
Visit this comprehensive site for details of all the major events in Edinburgh.
Reduced Bus Fares
We are also pleased to offer delegates a special discount for bus travel with Edinburgh & Lothian buses. This entitles you to reduced fares on both the Airlink bus ticket and the city sightseeing bus tours. Click on the link below to book and print your tickets before you arrive in the city! Book discount bus tickets here.
Pre and Post Congress Accommodation
There is so much to see and do in Scotland we would encourage all delegates to make the most of their time and extend their stay in Scotland.
The National Trust of Scotland has a fantastic selection of accommodation available throughout Scotland, including lighthouses, historic homes and cottages.
Delegates for the IEA World Congress will receive a 10% discount on all bookings, for further details please go to their website http://www.nts.org.uk/Holidays
To make a booking please call Claire MacGilp on 00 44 131 243 9324 or Lisa McKay 00 44 131 243 9352 quoting ‘WCE’.
Pre & Post Congress Scotland Tours
Rabbie’s Trail Burners, one of Scotland premier ‘small group tour’ agents, are offering a discount on all their tours to delegates attending the World Congress of Epidemiology.
Choose from a selection of day trips to places such as Loch Lomond, the Highlands, Stirling and St Andrews and experience Scotland’s stunning scenery and visit castles, gardens, waterfalls and whisky distilleries.
Longer tours for delegates extending their stay in Scotland cover much of the Highlands and Islands including Skye, Inverness, the Orkney Isles and the Outer Hebrides. Tours options range from 1 to 16 days.
Delegates are entitled to a 10% discount for any tours booked from one week before to one week after the congress.
For further information please visit their website at www.rabbies.com or call 0131 226 3133 quoting reference WOR1060.
The temperature in Edinburgh in August is quite warm; between 17 and 22° with very little rainfall, however we recommend that you bring warm clothes for the evenings. http://uk.weather.com
The local currency is the UK British Pound £ (GBP). Euros are not used in the UK although many large hotels and shops do accept them, but you may not be offered the best exchange rate.
The rate of tax in the United Kingdom is 20%.
If you live outside the European Union, you can take advantage of the Tax Free Shopping scheme to reclaim Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases for export.
All major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, shops, cafés and restaurants. You should always carry photographic ID as you may be asked for this when making a transaction.
There are many ATM’s in the city either beside banks or as stand alone cash-points. £ (British Pounds) can be withdrawn from these machines by using a credit/debit card (charges apply).
There is a cash machine located at the EICC (conference centre).
Banks & Foreign Exchange Bureaux
Banks are open from 9:30 - 17:00 from Monday to Friday, and some larger branches also operate on a Saturday until 12.00.
Alternatively there are many foreign exchange bureaux, although they usually charge higher rates of commission than banks. Avoid changing money or cheques in hotels, as the rates are usually quite low.
Money may also be changed at high street Post offices
The UK and Republic of Ireland use a power outlet plug and socket system which is a different design to other European countries: (rectangular – not round). Adapters can be purchased in the airports and electrical shops.
Emergency Phone Numbers
Dial 999 for fire, police, ambulance or coastguard services.
Emergency calls are free from pay phones.
If you become ill while visiting Britain, you can get free emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency departments of National Health Service hospitals. However, if you are admitted to hospital as an in-patient, or referred to an out-patient clinic, you will be asked to pay.
In Britain you can buy over-the-counter (non-prescription), medications as well as get expert medical advice at pharmacies – often called chemists.
English is the national language.
Restaurants & Bars
Meals are normally taken earlier than in other European Cities, so please remember this when making dinner plans as restaurants tend to be busiest around 19.30-20.30hrs.
Lunch - 12.00-14.00hrs (most people take no more than one hour for lunch)
Dinner - 19.00-22.00hrs (many restaurants may stop serving food after 22.00hrs)
Bars are open for lunch and usually close at 23.30hrs with nightclubs open until 03.00 in the morning.
The traditional ‘Black Cab’ is the most popular type of taxi and these can be pre-booked or can be stopped in the street when the ‘TAXI’ sign is illuminated.
Edinburgh airport has a fleet of white taxis which do not need to be pre-booked.
Private Taxis (i.e. non black cab) must be pre booked and should not be stopped in the street.
The UK is ONLY on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from October to March, then from March to October it is British Summer Time (BST)
Service is not normally included in restaurant, hotel and taxi bills. 10%-15% is the normal rate to add to the bill.
Please make sure that you have valid travel insurance to cover your time in the country.
The Organisers will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the meeting or their stay in the UK before or after the meeting.
If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Scotland for tourist visits of up to three months.
Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest UK diplomatic post for further information.
Should you need a letter of invitation to obtain an Entry Visa, please contact the conference organisers. These will only be issued to delegates who have fully registered and paid.
Please note that we cannot enter into correspondence with the UK Authorities on your behalf and any invitation letter does not imply any financial liability on our part. For more information and to apply online for a UK Visa, please go here.