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)
Number of flights per week: 45
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe, easyJet
Airports in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Airport
Seasons: High = March - May; Low = November - March
Currency: GBP British Pound (£)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
As the 3rd largest airport in the UK outside of London, Birmingham Airport is fully equipped with all the facilities you would expect to find at an international airport. We only have one terminal but there’s plenty of places to shop, eat and relax once you pass through security.
Whether you’re in need of last minute holiday essentials, or you’ve got time to kill before your flight, there’s a huge range of shops for you to browse. Check out Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and browse the fashion and beauty stores to treat yourself to something new for your holiday.
We also have a selection of great cafés, bars and restaurants for you to relax and enjoy a tasty meal before you fly. Frankie & Benny’s is perfect for kids, there are plenty of coffee shops and if you’re after something a bit fancier, you can head to the Bottega Prosecco Bar.
For extra comfort and relaxation, why not book into one of our five airport lounges? Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views.
Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. If you’re travelling by public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Sky Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of 7 car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a carpark space online in advance and save up to 50% off. To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
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.