Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is the main international airport in Scotland, as well as the busiest (according to statistics, since 2016, when it handled more than 12 million passengers.) The airport is located in Ingliston, 10 km west of Edinburgh. Some of the most common international routes from Edinburgh include Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and Frankfurt.
Edinburgh Airport is very well connected to the city center by three bus lines operated by Lothian Buses
Airlink 100: shuttles that go so often that you will not wait for the bus for more than 10 minutes.
The price of one adult ticket is £ 4.50 (for children £ 2)
Buses run from Edinburgh Airport to Waverley Bridge in the city.
Tickets can be purchased at the Airlink office outside the domestic terminal, online and from drivers
Airlink 35: This line connects Edinburgh Airport with Ocean Terminal
Airlink n22: Basically the same as Airlink 35, because the last stop is Ocean Terminal, but it has a different, shorter route.
NOTE. This is the night route and it only works between 00:15 and 04:00
Another way to get to the city is the Edinburgh trams, which run almost every 7 minutes from the airport.
Trams run between 06:18 and 22:48
In addition to the city center, the tram stops at Murrayfield Stadium, the train station at the Edinburgh Gate, Edinburgh Park, Haymarket and St. Andrew Square
One-way ticket costs £ 5.50 (for children € 3.00)
Tickets can be purchased online or from vending machines (NOTE: vending machines do not give change)
Taxis to the city center are available outside the arrival terminal. Landing area landing on the first floor of the parking lot. The trip usually takes about 25 minutes, depending on the movement, and for this you will pay from 20 to 25 pounds sterling (day / night)
If you have a lot of luggage and you want your own transport, the best option would probably be to order a private transfer that takes you directly to your home. Prices are similar to taxis, but there is no risk of overpayment.
Car rental companies such as Alamo, Sixt and Budget are located at the airport. In addition, you can always order your car online and not wait in line.
A bus or minibus can be rented if you are traveling to Edinburgh in a group of 8-10 people or even more. Make sure that you make an order in time so that the bus hire company can plan everything in advance, for example, meeting and landing.
The Citylink Air Bus Stop provides trips to Glasgow city center:
Buses run from 05:00 to 23:30 seven days a week every half hour from 07:30 to 23:30.
Travel to Glasgow usually takes about 1 hour.
A one-way ticket costs £ 11.60 (back £ 19) and you can buy them online, from the driver or at the Visit Scotland office at the airport.
Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
- A: Edinburgh Airport is connected to the city center 24/7 by several types of public transport, therefore, whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong. There is also a night line (n22) for those arriving after midnight.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
- A: Yes, you can choose between two neighboring hotels for an overnight stay:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (4 *) — 10 minutes walk from the airport, free Wi-Fi, laundry services.
Holiday Inn Express (3 *) — 17 minutes walk from the airport, free wifi connection, free parking, restaurant, bar.
Question: I would like to spend one day in Edinburgh between flights. Is it possible
- A: Of course, the airport is located just 10 km from the city center, and you can be reached in 30 minutes by public transport. You can visit the beautiful Holyrood Palace and the Royal Botanic Garden for a pleasant picnic. Not sure where to leave your luggage? No problem, because there is a vault at the airport, where you can leave your cargo for a day for 8/10/20 USD (depending on size).
Question: I continue my journey outside Edinburgh. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
- A: Yes, most of them are operated by Citylink. In addition to the aforementioned Glasgow, you can also visit some of these Scottish cities:
Aberdeen — The first bus leaves Edinburgh Airport at 06:00, and then runs every half hour from 09:30 to 20:30.
Dundee — The first bus leaves at 06:00, then at 07:00 and from 08:30 to 22:50 every half hour.
Inverness — At 05:00 the first bus leaves the airport and from 08:30 to 19:05 passes every half hour. The last in Inverness — at 20:10.