Renowned as Scotland’s most genteel city, Edinburgh offers picturesque views, buzzing nightlife and a fascinating insight into Caledonian culture, history and politics. The Scottish capital is the political heart of this fiercely proud nation, effortlessly combining the best of the big city with the intimate atmosphere of a small village. Book a cheap flight to Edinburgh for a relaxing weekend getaway, or use it as the starting point for a highland adventure.
Edinburgh is an ancient settlement, with something to offer everyone from the lively bars and trendy nightlife of George Street and Stockbridge, to the historic Edinburgh castle and the spectacular buildings of the Royal Mile. The best view of the city can be found at the top of Arthur’s Seat – a towering peak which rises above the city centre, reminding visitors that the Scottish wilderness is never far away.
Edinburgh is more temperate than other parts of Scotland, but can get a little chilly during the winter months. To enjoy the majestic architecture of the Royal Mile in the summer sunshine, be sure to book your Edinburgh flights during the summer months. The Edinburgh Festival takes place in August and the surrounding Fringe Festival is a must for theatre and comedy fans, although prices tend to be at a premium! For a more affordable summer break, cheap tickets to Edinburgh can be found in June and July. Be sure to keep an eye out for last-minute flights to Edinburgh, which offer good deals throughout the year. If you enjoy the cooler winter weather, Hogmanay – the world’s most famous New Year’s celebration – is not to be missed. Head over to Prince’s Street to be at the heart of the celebrations!
With dozens of flights to Edinburgh from across Europe, the city is fast becoming the best-connected in Scotland. The airport is served by a range of budget airlines, including well-known names like Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe. Return flights to Edinburgh can be as cheap as £40 from cities such as London and Hamburg. More up-market airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM, also put on regular Edinburgh flights. For the best value for money, it is recommended to book flights on weekdays although there are some good weekend deals to be found.
Edinburgh airport is located 6.5 miles from the city centre and is well connected by tram and bus. The Airlink 100 Express will take you directly to Waverly Bridge in just 25 minutes for about £5. There is also a regular service bus, number 35, which passes through Edinburgh on the way to Leith. This costs around £1.50 but takes a little more time as it has a number of stops along the way. There is also a frequent tram link with the city, which connects the airport directly to Edinburgh’s main train station. A direct bus transfer is now available to Glasgow Airport, Scotland’s second largest air terminal.
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