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Travelling to Edinburgh

  • Travelling by Plane into...
    • Edinburgh Airport
    • Glasgow International Airport
    • Glasgow Prestwick Airport
    • London Airports
  • Internet access at Airports
  • Travelling by Public Transport
  • Travelling by Car
  • Map of Central Edinburgh

By Plane

Edinburgh Airport

The nearest Airport is Edinburgh International Airport, which is 12km (8 miles) west of the city centre and is easy to reach thanks to an excellent - and regular - Airlink Coach Service and good taxi services.

Edinburgh Airport operates direct flights to New York and Toronto and to a number of European destinations. There are also regular flights from London’s Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports plus several other UK cities. For further information visit the Edinburgh Airport website.

Flights from Edinburgh International Airport include:
Alghero, Alicante, Amsterdam, Arrecife, Barcelona, Belfast City, Belfast International, Billund, Birmingham, Bodrum, Bologna, Bourgas, Brescia, Bristol, Brussels, Cardiff, Chambery, Cologne (Bonn), Copenhagen, Cork, Dalaman, Dublin, East Midlands, Exeter, Faro, Franfurt, Galway, Geneva, Hamburg, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Inverness, Jersey, Kirkwall, Larnaca, Las Palmas, Leeds Bradford, Lerwick, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Madrid, Mahon, Malaga, Manchester, Milan (Malapensa), Moscow (Domodedovo), New York (Newark), Nice, Norwich, Palma, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Prague, Rome (Fiumicino), Rome, Shetland, Southampton, Stockholm (Arlanda), Stornoway, Tenerife, Toronto, Varna, Wick.

The Edinburgh International Airport website has further information including the airlines serving the above destinations.

Click here for a map of the area and directions from Edinburgh Airport to the Conference Centre.

Travelling from Edinburgh Airport into Edinburgh

If you are flying in to Edinburgh International Airport there are various transfer options to Central Edinburgh:

By Bus

Public bus services stop outside the UK Arrivals door on the terminal forecourt. There is an express bus service to Edinburgh city centre (No. 100). Buses into the city depart from stand 18, and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The frequency of the service is from every 10 minutes at peak times through the day, to every 30 minutes at night. The ticket cost is £3 single or £5 return and can be bought from the information desk at International arrivals, from a desk at the bus stop or on the bus itself. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes and stops at Waverly Bridge, near the main railway station and bus station which are just off the city's main street, Princes Street.

Timetables are also available from the onward travel desk in the UK arrivals hall and the information desk in the international arrivals area.

By Taxi

Taxis are available from a designated rank beside the coach park, outside the UK and Ireland arrivals hall. A typical journey time to the city centre takes around 25 minutes and the average fare to the city centre is £16. Most taxis are wheelchair accessible. Taxi arrangements are managed by Executive Onward Travel (Tel: +44 (0)131 333 2255).

By Car

Road access from Edinburgh airport is easy from the two-level junction on the A8 midway between the Gogar and Newbridge roundabouts.

If approaching from the Edinburgh side join the A8 from the city bypass and proceed towards Glasgow. From the North and West you should join the A8 at the Newbridge roundabout and proceed towards Edinburgh. Follow signs for airport.

You may find it helpful to use the The AA Route Planner and/or the RAC Route Planner when planning your journey.

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow International Airport is located 13km (8 miles) west of Glasgow City Centre and one hour away from Edinburgh. Glasgow International Airport operates direct flights to New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Dubai and to a number of European destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Paris. There are also regular flights from London’s Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports plus several other UK cities. For further information visit the Glasgow Airport website.

Flights from Glasgow International Airport include:
Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Barra, Belfast International, Benbecula, Birmingham, Bourgas, Bristol, Brussels, Calgary, Campbeltown, Cork, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Dublin, East Midlands, Exeter, Faro, Halifax, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Londonderry, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, New York (Newark), Nice, Ottawa, Palma, Pahpos, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Philadelphia, Prague, Rekjavik, Southampton, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tenerife, Tiree, Toronto, Vancouver.

For further information, including the airlines serving the above destinations, see the Glasgow International Airport.

Click here for a map of the area and directions from Glasgow International Airport to the Conference Centre.

The following airline website links may also be of use:

  • BAA
  • BMI
  • Easy Jet
  • Ryan Air

Travelling from Glasgow International Airport into Edinburgh

If you are flying in to Glasgow International Airport there are various transfer options between Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh:

By Bus

Scottish Citylink (Tel: 08705 5058 050) buses leave Glasgow Airport every 15 minutes to travel to Glasgow’s Buchanan Street bus station (journey time is approx. 25 minutes). Here you can transfer to a bus for Edinburgh (leaving every 20 minutes). The trip to Edinburgh takes 70 minutes and costs £7 return and £4.50 single journey.

For those with little luggage, it is also possible to take the bus from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow’s Buchanan Street bus station, then walk 5 minutes to the Queen Street train station and catch the train to Edinburgh.

By Train

Take a taxi from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow’s Queen Street train station. (journey time approx. 20 minutes, costs around £15). From here take a train to Waverley Station in Edinburgh (leaving every 30 minutes). The trip takes 50 minutes and costs £7.30. Check the times if travelling at the weekend.

By Taxi

Taxis from Glasgow Airport to the centre of Edinburgh take approximately 70 minutes and cost from £85. It is advisable to book in advance: www.ga-taxis.co.uk

By Car

Travel east on the M8 for about 50 miles to reach Edinburgh. You may find it helpful to use the The AA Route Planner and/or the RAC Route Planner when planning your journey.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is located 48 km (30 miles) south of Glasgow. A railway station is adjacent to the Airport with regular direct trains to the city centre. Glasgow Prestwick Airport currently has a choice of 19 scheduled destinations across Europe and beyond. These include the following:

Destination Country Airline
Barcelona Girona Spain Ryan Air
Bournemouth UK Ryan Air
Brussels Charleroi Belgium Ryan Air
Cardiff UK BMI Baby
Dublin Ireland Ryan Air
Düsseldorf Weeze Germany Ryan Air
Frankfurt Hahn Germany Ryan Air
Gothenburg Denmark Ryan Air
Hamburg Lubeck Germany Ryan Air
Krakow Poland Ryan Air
London Stansted UK Ryan Air
Milan Bergamo Italy Ryan Air
Murcia Spain Ryan Air
Oslo, Torp Norway Ryan Air
Paris, Beauvais France Ryan Air
Pisa Italy Ryan Air
Rome Italy Ryan Air
Shannon Ireland Ryan Air
Stockholm Skavsta Sweden Ryan Air

Airline websites: Ryan Air or BMI Baby.

Click here for a map of the area and directions from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the Conference Centre.

Travelling from Glasgow Prestwick Airport into Edinburgh

By Train

The best way to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by train. Glasgow Prestwick Airport has its own train station. Trains operate every 30 minutes (60 minutes on Sundays) to Glasgow Central Train Station between the hours of 06:00 - 23:08. The journey time is 44 minutes. Currently the cost of a single ticket into Glasgow Central Station is £2.50.

For more details visit the Glasgow Prestwick Airport site or First ScotRail.

Trains to Edinburgh from Glasgow run regularity up to four times per hour. A single ticket costs from £8.50. Timetables are available online.

By Bus

If your flight is early morning or late evening the best way to travel is via coach.

The X99/X100 airport express bus service offers passengers, who arrive / depart on early morning / late evening flights, a direct service between the airport, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Passengers are strongly recommended to pre-book tickets, although they can be purchased from the driver on the day of travel subject to availability. Tickets for the X99/X100 services can be purchased online here.

Tickets to /Edinburgh cost from £12 single and £20 return. The Timetable is available online.

By Taxi

Taxis from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the centre of Edinburgh take approximately one hour 40 minutes and cost between £80 and £100. (Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 4900)

By Car

The M77 road link means that Glasgow city centre is only a 32 mile drive on motorway from Glasgow Prestwick International. You may find it helpful to use the The AA Route Planner and/or the RAC Route Planner when planning your journey.

Travelling from London Airports to Edinburgh

The quickest way to travel from Heathrow and Gatwick to Edinburgh is via plane. However if you chose to travel by train you will need to go to Kings Cross Train Station in Central London. Both airports operate an Express Train into Central London:

  • Heathrow Express into London Paddington
  • Gatwick Express into London Victoria.

From both these stations you can take the London Underground or a taxi to Kings Cross Train Station. For further information on train times visit travelinescotland.com or trainline.co.uk

To download a map of the London Underground, visit the Transport for London website.

Internet Access at Airports

For customers wishing to use their laptops, palmtops and mobiles to access email and the internet, all our airports are covered by a wireless LAN (See below) Passengers requiring mains power for their laptop should head to the communications centre in the departure lounge where they will be able to plug in and log on. Should you wish to use our computers to surf the net there are fixed terminals (UK Explorer) both before and after security control. Payment for this service is online with your credit card, or by using pounds sterling(£) and euro(€) coins at the access points themselves.

Wireless Internet Access

You can enjoy the freedom of wire-free high-speed internet access throughout Edinburgh Airport. Both BT Openzone and T-Mobile provide broadband wireless service so you can stay online while on the move. The wireless hotspots at the airport have been extended to cover arrivals, piers and satellites as well as the departure lounges. Most wireless compatible laptops are preconfigured and you can access the service straightaway. You need to have a T-Mobile or BT Openzone account - you can sign up securely online or in advance from the T-Mobile or BT Openzone websites, which will provide you with a username and password. Both services offer a number of flexible and affordable payment options. For more information visit T-Mobile or BT Open Zone , or ask in a Dixons store at the airport.

By Public Transport

For general information on public transport in Scotland visit www.travelinescotland.com

Travelling to Edinburgh by Train

Edinburgh’s main railway station (Waverly) is in the city centre and can be reached by taxi or bus. Form here there are services to Glasgow and a variety of other destination in Scotland and England. Most train services also operate from Edinburgh Haymarket station which is on the main bus route between the airport and the city centre.

For information on train times and fares from around the UK call National Rail on +44 (0)8457 484950 or visit www.travelinescotland.com or visit www.trainline.co.uk where tickets can also be purchased online.

For details on how to travel from airports into Edinburgh please refer to the airport section.

Travelling to Edinburgh by Coach Coaches travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow from various locations around the UK. Please see the following websites:
  • National Express
  • Lothian Buses
  • Express Shuttle to Edinburgh City Centre
  • First
  • Citylink Bus and Coach Travel

For details on how to travel from airports into Edinburgh please refer to the airport section.

Travelling to Edinburgh by Car

Edinburgh is conveniently located at the heart of the Scottish motorway network. Journey times from England for example are: 5 hours from Birmingham, 4 hours from Manchester and York and approximately 2 hours from Newcastle. You may find it helpful to use the The AA Route Planner and/or the RAC Route Planner when planning your journey.

The following websites provide links to reputable national car hire companies in the UK:

  • Hertz Rent-a-Car
  • Avis Rent-a-Car
  • Europcar UK Car Rental
  • UK car hire from National Car Rental
  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Budget
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

If you are interested in car sharing, as a driver or passenger, Freewheelers has a WWW2006 board.

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