Edinburgh flights

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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Flying to Edinburgh

Flying to Edinburgh

Edinburgh has one airport and what a beauty it is. Ideally placed just a few miles west of the city it is no more than a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport to the centre. Modern, well planned, compact and easy to navigate  it is constantly expanding it's number of carriers and you will be surprised where you can fly here from.

There is one direct transatlantic service that flies daily into Edinburgh from New York (Newark) with Continental www.continental.com, though flying indirectly through London, Amsterdam or Frankfurt is a far more cost effective option.

There are literally hundreds of flights from cities in Europe, well known and otherwise, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, Valencia and Frankfurt to name but a few.

Some of the best known carriers include Easyjet www.easyjet.com, British Airways www.ba.com, Ryanair www.ryanair.com, Flybe www.flybe.co.uk and BMI Baby www.bmibaby.com

In the unlikely event availability is a problem either to or from Edinburgh. Glasgow and Prestwick airports are viable alternatives being only 40 miles away, though your transfer times and costs will obviously be more.

Getting to the city from the airport

Taxi

The best way into town is by taxi. So head for the well signposted taxi rank just outside the arrivals hall. Only regulated cabs can pick up from here so you will be driven quickly and efficiently to your destination. The fare to the city centre will be approx. £18. Even at rush hour times this rank is fast moving and efficient. Approximate costs are as follows to Edinburgh £18, Dundee £127, Glasgow West £108, Glasgow East £76.

If you want to pre-order a cab though you can order one online from www.onwardtravel.com You can also pay upfront online so you don't need to worry about fiddling around with cash when you arrive tired and keen just to get where you are going.

Bus

There is an Airlink shuttle that runs between the airport and the city and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every fifteen minutes during peak hours and every half an hour off-peak. You can pick it up at Stand 19 just outside domestic arrivals. £3.50 per adult one way £6 return. £2 per child £3 return. You can pay in advance online if you buy a return ticket at www.flybybus.com.

Car

It is an easy, direct drive into Edinburgh from the airport though parking when you get into the city is expensive and scarce. Follow signs for city centre on the A8 and you can't go wrong: it is one long, straight road. For details on car hire have a look at Edinburgh car hire.

City Car Club

If you are a member of the UK wide City Car Club then you'll be pleased to hear as of October 2010 there are 3 Toyota Prius Hybrids for members use at the airport. There are literally dozens of places they can be dropped throughout Edinburgh. More details at www.citycarclub.co.uk

Tram

A tram line is under construction to connect the airport to the city but is as yet unfinished and the completion date is vague. Sometime in 2012 is the first realistic date.
Watch this space. 

Disabled Access

For disabled travellers there is good wheelchair access, low level monitors for ease of reading and induction loops for the hard of hearing.  Staff trained in sign language are also available. Details from Edinburgh Airport Information Desk.

Insider Tip

Even small airports like Edinburgh get busy at peak times so please remember to allow plenty of time to get through security on departure. You can find more Edinburgh insider tips for your trip here.

How to Get around Edinburgh

For information on getting around the city once you have arrived, read my How to get around Edinburgh page.

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