When is the best time to book cheap flights to Edinburgh?
Flights to Edinburgh from other UK cities typically won’t break the bank, but if you’re planning to visit in August or December then it’s advisable to book well in advance as these are peak times. During August the population doubles in size as the city hosts the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival, while tourists also flock to Edinburgh for Hogmanay (New Year).
When is the cheapest time to visit Edinburgh?
Prices are pretty steady throughout the year, with August and December being the two exceptions. Although little else is affected, the cost of flights and hotels in Edinburgh both skyrocket during the festivals, Christmas and New Year. Flights to Edinburgh are usually cheapest in January.
When is Edinburgh weather best?
Edinburgh weather is famously unpredictable, and you’ll often experience four seasons in a day. Spring and autumn are generally mild, with temperatures reaching around 15°C, while July and August are the warmest months. Edinburgh winters can be cold, with average lows of 1°C in January and February, and highs that rarely exceed 7°C. Rain is common throughout the year.
Which airlines fly to Edinburgh?
British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Ryanair and Loganair all operate domestic flights to Edinburgh from a range of UK cities.
How many airports does Edinburgh have?
There is just one airport in Edinburgh. Located in the city’s Ingliston area – about six miles west of the city centre – Edinburgh Airport has one terminal and is Scotland’s busiest airport. Thirty seven airlines fly 227 routes to 157 destinations, and 14.3m passengers passed through the airport in 2018.
How do I get from Edinburgh Airport into Edinburgh?
The fastest and easiest way to get from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre is via the Airlink 100 bus. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with buses leaving every 10 minutes during the day. The journey time to Waverley Station in the city centre is approximately 30 minutes, and stops en route include Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo. Alternatively, Edinburgh Trams run a service from the airport to the city centre between 6.18am and 10.48pm. The journey takes half an hour and trams leave approximately every seven minutes. In addition to the city centre, trams service the financial district, Murrayfield Stadium and railway stations at Edinburgh Gateway, Edinburgh Park, Haymarket and St Andrew Square (for Waverley).
There are two taxi ranks outside the airport – one for Edinburgh Airport's official private hire service and another for black cabs. If you prefer to drive yourself, a number of car rental companies operate from the airport. Compare car hire prices to get the best deal.
What are the top things to do in Edinburgh?
Besides being probably the most beautiful city in the UK, there’s no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh. Its Georgian New Town offers great shopping around Princes Street and George Street – and you can get a culture fix at the excellent Scottish National Gallery – while its Old Town is a labyrinth of pretty cobblestone streets. The famous Royal Mile runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace – both must-see attractions – and you can enjoy incredible views from atop Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill.
Do I need a visa to fly to Edinburgh?
If you’re travelling within the UK you don’t need a visa or passport, but it’s recommended that you carry some form of photo ID.