Full of culture, stunning architecture and inspiring scenery, Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Sprawled across a run of rocky hills overlooking the sea, Scotland’s capital city stands waiting to be explored.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes (total distance 250 miles)
Airlines that fly direct: easyJet
Airports in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Airport
Seasons: High = March - May; Low = November - March
Currency: GBP British Pound (£)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
With an extensive selection of restaurants, shops and all the facilities you need, Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from England to Scotland.
You’ll find some fantastic cafés, bars and restaurants in our terminal where you can feast on a variety of cuisines before you fly. Sit down and enjoy an all-day brunch or mezze platter from Giraffe or grab a burger from Factory Bar and Kitchen. For a quick bite to eat and a coffee, Costa and Caffe Nero have a selection of pastries and baguettes.
Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. Taxis can drop you right outside the terminal and, if you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is a free Air-Rail link from the train station that takes you to the terminal in minutes.
Travelex’s ATM machines are operational 24/7, ready for any time of flight and accept most major cards.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 70% off.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Average temperature in Edinburgh
Arriving at Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport has one terminal and is located about 8 miles west of the city centre. You will find a black cab and private taxi rank located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park. If you’d prefer to travel by public transport, the Airlink bus service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with buses running every 10 minutes during the day (£4.50 single). Journey time to the city centre is approximately 30 minutes. The Edinburgh Tram also takes around 30 minutes and runs services every 7 minutes (£3.00 single).
If you are continuing your travel to somewhere else in Scotland, Waverly and Haymarket train stations are located in the heart of the city and both connect to cities all over Scotland and the UK.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Edinburgh
Scotland’s beloved capital is a cultural gem peppered with history, art, adventure and, of course, kilts! Be warned that prices in Edinburgh are generally high. Although Scotland has its own language, almost everyone in Edinburgh speaks English, albeit with a different accent.
Scotland is renowned for its often-underwhelming weather. The summers are cool and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, cool and windy. (We recommend packing a coat whenever you visit.)
Culture in Edinburgh
Kilts are an integral part of Scottish culture and heritage, so you will see plenty of lads and lassies braving the cold in knee-length tartan patterned skirts. It’s an acquired sound to listen to, but the bagpipes are played by truly skilled musicians worthy of praise, so instead of covering your ears and shuffling on as quickly as possible, why not stand, listen and leave them a tip? Local delicacies include haggis and deep-fried mars bars, and, of course, you’ll have to sample a dram or two of local whiskey.
The world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and it transforms Scotland’s capital every August. Thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present everything from comedy and theatre to dance, circus and spoken word. Other popular festivals include Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival and Scottish International Storytelling Festival.