The 41 bus (updated 2023)

WELL! As of May 2023 the 41 (previously 9 and then 39) is no more. It is replaced by a '47' retaining the western part of the service but going up Lothian Road instead of the Mound and then wriggling through to Surgeon's Hall and out to Penicuik. To be updated

UP TO MAY 2023
This page is not for everyone in view of its somewhat restricted interest (!); however for users of the 41 in Edinburgh, and there are many, this provides a useful
online timetable direct from Lothian Buses so it should always be up to date, if not always completely true to life. For something closer to reality see the section on Bustracker below. Since this map was published the western terminus has been relocated to Cammo and the Morningside branch dropped

The 41 wends its way from Cammo to sunny Cramond, past Lauriston Castle, through D Mains and on to the city centre via Queensferry Road.
En route it provides fine views of Fettes College, the Dean Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, the Mound and St Giles Cathedral. It then runs past the University, through the Meadows and Marchmont and into the suburbs of the Grange to end up at King’s Buildings.

cramond Lauriston
Cramond and Lauriston Castle

Fettes Mound
Fettes College and Edinburgh Castle

Mound St Giles
The Mound and St Giles Cathedral
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What more could one wish of a suburban bus route!


Bustracker is a useful live tracking system that permits look-up by service and bus stop.
This link should take you to the Davidson’s Mains stop going into town as an illustration but you can tailor it to your own needs. There is also a free iPhone app which works well.
images-3 Bustracker is also provided via the electronic signs situated at most busy bus stops

The Timetable

Show 41 bus timetable


The Tram

The construction of a putative tramline (NB NOT ‘network’ as some will have it) disrupted the normal route in the city centre up to 2014. The line commenced passenger operation on 31 May 2014 although only between the airport and York Place, just northeast of St Andrew Square. There is already a good set of bus services on the route, including the excellent and frequent express service 100 from Waverley to the airport. The tram takes 8 minutes longer for the equivalent journey as it meanders through Saughton and Sighthill. The original plan was to have the line running down to Leith to service the then burgeoning property developments there, followed by a second line to make a small network. The York Place to Newhaven opened in Spring 2023 extending the single line from the Airport.