|Popular in||August||High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||£104||Average for round-trip flights in July 2022|
|Round-trip from||£40||From London to Edinburgh Turnhouse|
|One-way from||£8||One-way flight from London to Edinburgh Turnhouse (EDI)|
LON - EDI
£78 - £147
7 - 19 °C
37 - 63 mm
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Airport (EDI) is the busiest airport in Scotland, located 9km (almost 6 miles) west of the city centre. With trains and buses going into town at all hours, the airport is a convenient gateway to the UK’s Festival City. If you’re planning on booking a flight to Edinburgh during Fringe season do it as far in advance as possible.
The original terminal was built in the 1970s, however it has been upgraded in recent years and a programme of expansion is underway. The arrivals and departure terminals are under one roof, albeit on different floors, so connecting to other flights is fairly hassle-free. However, the security check points are often over capacity at peak times.
There are several restaurants, book shops and an art gallery, and the facilities are generally clean and well-maintained. The airport is also well-signed, so you should have no trouble getting around the building.
Most people fly into Edinburgh Turnhouse (EDI) if they book a flight to Edinburgh. Turnhouse is conveniently located just 6.8 mi from Edinburgh’s city centre.
This year has seen a 239% increase in flight searches for Edinburgh.