Cheap Flights to Edinburgh

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When is the best time to fly to Edinburgh?

Peak Season:

There are two main events that take place in Edinburgh, the Hogmanay celebration which sees in the New Year and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is the world’s largest arts festival. This takes place in August. You'll struggle to find the cheapest flights for these events, but if you plan ahead and book as much in advance as you can you can steal a bargain. August also sees the Edinburgh International Festival, a four week event of dance, music and theatre. On top of that, also in August, is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It's a fantastic event with close to a thousand dancers, musicians, drummers and pipers from all over the world. Make sure to book your flights to Edinburgh well in advance if you wish to attend any of these festivities.

Off Season:

There isn't really an off season, but for the best chances of finding cheap flights to Edinburgh avoid booking late for August and Christmas time. You can find the cheapest flights to Edinburgh from September to December, excluding Christmas time. Flights to Edinburgh can vary from as little as £30 to as much as £500, so make sure to get your flight tickets sorted well before any events and busy periods.

When is the best time to book a flight to Edinburgh?

If you plan well you can save a few pounds and find cheap flights to Edinburgh. Ideally it's best to get your flight tickets booked as soon as possible, especially if you want to visit the Fringe or New Year’s celebrations. Being flexible and not having your heart set on one particular week will make it easier for you to find cheap flights to Edinburgh, but as a general rule try to book at least a minimum of 2-3 weeks before you fly, but aim to book much more in advance if you can to save the most on tour flight tickets.

How long is the flight to Edinburgh?

Flights from London (All airports) to Edinburgh - 1 hour 20 minutes

Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh - 1 hour 05 minutes

Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh - 1 hour 15 minutes

Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh - 1 hour 10 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to Edinburgh?

The cheapest flights to Edinburgh are normally operated by Air France, Finnair, Flybe or KLM. As Edinburgh is a relatively popular destination for short breaks and vacations, there are normally competitive prices and cheap flights to Edinburgh throughout the year.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

The airport is roughly 12km from the city centre and there are a few different transport options to get you there. You can get the Airlink 100 express and N22 night buses to Waverley Bridge. Normally it takes around 25 minutes.  Lothian Bus No 35 also covers the route but does stop off at different places on the way and continues on to Leith. You could also hire a car or take a taxi from the airport. Trams are also an option that are frequent and normally very reliable. You can change at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket stations if you need to continue on somewhere else.

Edinburgh insider information

A great place to visit in Edinburgh is the Scott Monument, a huge black, Victorian, gothic monument. It was made to honour Sir Walter Scott and you can pay to go to the top and see the spectacular views of the city.

If your visit coincides with the end of January, you'll be there for Burns Night. It's a night of festive celebration and here you can find 6 of the best places to feast on haggis, neeps and tatties.

You can't go to Scotland without tasting all of the scotch on offer, so take a look and discover scotch in Edinburgh.

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How much do things cost in Edinburgh?

Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 16.53
Meal at McDonald's or similar
R 123.70
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 80.18
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
R 80.18
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1217.70
Pair of jeans
R 1469.88
1 km taxi journey
R 41.23
Petrol (1 litre)
R 25.52
Taxi - fixed fee
R 61.85
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 34.36
A dozen eggs
R 44.85
1 litre of milk
R 20.14
Large bottle of water
R 18.68
Loaf of white bread
R 19.60
How much does an apartment cost in Edinburgh?
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 20820
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 14996
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 28858
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 11508

More information about Edinburgh

  • Journey along the Scottish coastline and discover some fantastic beaches in places like Yellowcraigs and Gullane.
  • As one of Europe’s most lively and vibrant cities, Edinburgh is a fantastic destination for a city break.
  • Visit Edinburgh’s quaint traditional pubs or enjoy your evenings in the city’s wide variety of bars and nightclubs.
  • Edinburgh has plenty of historic structures to wander around, including Edinburgh University and St Mary’s Cathedral
  • Stay in the city during the Edinburgh Festival, which takes place from late July to early September each year.
  • Take a tour around Edinburgh Castle, which stands high on Castle Rock and offers superb views of the city.
  • Make sure to go on the hour-long Scotch Whisky Experience tour and learn all about the nation’s favourite drink.
  • Get direct flight to Edinburgh Airport; conveniently only 12 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Go on The Hairy Coo free coach tour and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the surrounding Scottish Highlands.

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