Cheap Flights to Edinburgh

Cheap flights to Edinburgh

As one of the UK’s most important transport hubs there are no shortage of cheap flights to Edinburgh – and even more reasons to take advantage of them.

The airport at Edinburgh is the UK’s third busiest, in terms of passenger numbers, and it leads to one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

The city itself is nonchalantly draped over craggy hills that overlook the sea. The Old Town is a delightful jumble of medieval tenements that align themselves along the Royal Mile. Turrets demarcate the skyline – as do the natural features of Castle Rock and the Salisbury Crags.

In contrast to this atmospheric jumble the New Town stands elegantly prim and proud with its neat lines of neoclassical geometry.

And, at ground level, there’s arts, music, theatre, nightlife and dining to enjoy – not to mention the Fringe Festival, and the small matter of Hogmanay.

When to book flights to Edinburgh

You’ll be hard pushed to find cheap flights to Edinburgh during August (thanks to the world’s largest arts festival taking place) and Christmas (thanks to Hogmanay).

Having said that with August also seeing the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo it more than pays to take a more expensive flight sometimes!

The cheapest flights tend to come up between September and early December, so do book early for the very best prices.

How to find the best flight deals to Edinburgh

Here are three ways to use your Expedia search to bag a bargain.

  1. Use the ‘Nearby Airports’ option when you search for flights. This can be found under your search’s chosen departure location – it shows you what price tickets are from other airports that are close to you.
  2. If you are not tied to flying on a specific date you can reveal on which days the cheapest flights are available by using the ‘Show flexible dates’ feature. This can be located just above where your list of flight options that are returned from a search.

Airlines offering direct flights to Edinburgh include:

  • Flybe
  • easyJet
  • Loganair
  • British Airways
  • Ryanair

Getting to Edinburgh from the airport

Edinburgh Airport is well-connected to the city. It lies just seven miles from the centre.

Public transport options include trams and the express Airlink bus (both offering a 30-minute journey time) and Lothian bus services (whose journey time varies between 40 and 60 minutes). You can hop on any of these direct from the terminal.

You could also hire a car or take a taxi from the airport. For drivers just follow the A90 all the way into the heart of this historic city.

Unmissable Edinburgh

If you’re here during the Fringe there’s simply so much to see and do that you can’t help but miss some of the highlights.

We’ve assumed you’ve got Edinburgh’s major attractions firmly in your sights, so here are some lesser known gems to add to your bucket list.

You can scare yourself silly on a spooky candlelit tour of Edinburgh at night. Follow in the footsteps of the infamous 18th century bodysnatchers Burke & Hare, and venture deep down beneath the city in dark, haunted vaults.

Forget the shortbread, the real Scottish souvenir can be found at 21st Century Kilts on Thistle Street. Edinburgh designer Howie Nicholsby has given the traditional kilt a modern revamp.

The secret chamber of Lauriston Castle, known as the Laird's Lug, allows you to eavesdrop on conversations in the salon below. Watch what you say!

Edinburgh’s monument to Walter Scott allows you to climb up inside it for panoramic views of the city. Take a deep breath, there’s 267 narrow steps to ascend before you reach the top.

Edinburgh’s music scene is second to none, but the ‘reel’ deal can be found when the Scotch and Irish fiddlers play nightly at Sandy Bells on Forrest Road. The music thumps, the audience reel and you’re likely to need a lie-in come tomorrow!

Frequently asked questions

Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my flight to Edinburgh?
For more information about updating your flight to Edinburgh or cancelling it, head over to our Customer Service Portal.
How do I find cheap flights to Edinburgh that have flexible change policies?
Many airlines offer the option to reschedule your flight without a change fee. All you pay is the difference between the original flight and the new flight you select. When you’re searching for flights to Edinburgh, you’ll see a “no change fees” filter for you to select.
Can I fly to Edinburgh now?
To find out the up-to-date facts about flying to Edinburgh, visit our Covid-19 Travel Advisor. Here, you’ll learn about any current travel restrictions and if you’ll be required to quarantine upon arrival.
What is the name of Edinburgh's airport?
If you’re arriving by plane, you won’t have to ponder too long which airport to fly into. Edinburgh has just one – Edinburgh Airport (EDI).
How far is Edinburgh Airport (EDI) from central Edinburgh?
EDI is 11 kilometers from downtown Edinburgh, so you’ll have a bit of a commute into the centre.
What airport is best to fly into Edinburgh?
Before booking flights to Edinburgh, it’s a good idea to think about which airport is most convenient. Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is 11 kilometers from the downtown area. If you’re landing at GLA, you’ll be 80 kilometers away from the city centre.
How many airlines fly to Edinburgh?
There are 33 airlines connecting Edinburgh with 118 airports across the globe.
Which airlines fly to Edinburgh?
Most of the flights heading into Edinburgh are offered by British Airways. The most common route is from London, and British Airways flies this route the most.
How many nonstop flights are there to Edinburgh?
Flying to someplace new is much simpler when there aren’t any lengthy stopovers. If you’re heading to Edinburgh, the great news is that there are approximately 1,293 nonstop flights every week.
Where are the most popular flights to Edinburgh departing from?
The most popular flights to Edinburgh take off from London, Dublin and Belfast airports.
How long is the flight to Edinburgh Airport?
If you’re going to Edinburgh from London, you’ll have a flight duration of 1 hour and 23 minutes. Those setting off from Dublin can expect to be midair for 1 hour and 9 minutes. From Belfast it’s about 50 minutes away.
How to book the cheapest flight to Edinburgh?
Don’t leave locking in your flight to Edinburgh until the last possible moment. That’s one move frequent jet-setters use to get the best deals. Booking in advance means more options and less expensive flights. Also, look around online and compare your options. If your destination has several airports, you may be able to nab a better deal by flying into one that’s farther away. And finally, don’t forget that it’s first in, best dressed. Familiarize yourself with airfare costs and have your credit card ready to reserve your seat as soon as you see a great bargain. The sweetest deals don’t last long.
How to survive the flight to Edinburgh?
Depending on where you’re coming from, your flight to Edinburgh could be a piece of cake or it could go on forever. We’ve put together some tips that will help you start your next big adventure on the right foot.What to pack in your hand luggage:

  • A plane ride can be a great experience if you carry the right things. First things first, you’ll need basic toiletries, such as deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a spare change of clothes and a good book. Secondly, find a spot in your carry-on bag for your phone and charger, any medications and maybe a proper neck pillow too. Last, but definitely not least, remember to bring your passport, travel docs and some money.

Do not pack the following items in your hand luggage:

  • While the list of prohibited items can differ between air carriers, the general guide to follow is nothing sharp, flammable or explosive. This includes tools, metal cutlery, fuels and bleaching agents. Sporting equipment like hockey sticks, and objects that could injure passengers, such as firearms and swords, can’t come on board with you either.

What to wear on a flight:

  • Your number one priority is to feel as comfortable as you can. Layer up with loose, natural-fibre clothing and don’t forget to pack a jacket in case it gets chilly in the cabin. Opt for a pair of roomy, flat shoes as your feet may swell during the journey. Leave the high heels and heavy boots in your luggage.
  • Unfortunately, one risk of long-distance flying is developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a blood clot condition caused by lengthy periods of inactivity. To prevent this, make the most of every opportunity to walk around the cabin and stretch your legs. Compression socks and tights are another easy way to help reduce this risk.

How to get through airport security fast when flying to Edinburgh?
As seasoned travellers know, the secret is to be prepared before you arrive at airport security. That way, you’ll be hopping onto that plane to Edinburgh in next to no time. Follow these helpful tips and get your trip off to a flying start:

  • Have your ID and boarding pass easily accessible. They’ll be the first things you’ll be asked to present to security.
  • Next up is the X-ray machine. Empty your pockets and remove anything that is likely to set off the scanner’s alarm. This includes items like earphones or headphones, as well as heavy jackets or coats. They’ll all need to go on the X-ray conveyor belt.
  • For just a few minutes, you’ll need to unplug from technology. Your phone, laptop and any other electronics also need to go through the scanner.
  • Travelling with a new cologne or perfume? No problem. As long as the volume is no greater than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and it’s stored in a zip-close bag, you’re allowed to bring it with you in your carry-on.
  • Choosing your footwear wisely can save you several minutes. Hiking boots are often required to be removed and X-rayed separately. Lightweight sneakers are usually not.
  • Sharp or pointed objects (like knives and scissors) are prohibited in the cabin. They’ll be seized at security, so pack them safely away in your checked baggage.

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