Edinburgh

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.

Overview

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

In line with the latest Government restrictions, many of our outlets have had to close. Boots in the departure lounge is open and offering a food option for departing passengers. The unit's opening hours will coincide with flight departure schedules.

We are working with other outlets to coordinate their safe reopening but opening hours have not yet been confirmed and may change daily.

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 bus service

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 carpark 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

(Hi + Low monthly temperatures)
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Maximum 5°C 6°C 9°C 11°C 14°C 17°C 19°C 19°C 16°C 13°C 9°C 7°C
Minimum 1°C 1°C 2°C 3°C 6°C 9°C 11°C 11°C 9°C 7°C 3°C 2°C

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.

Edinburgh cityscape at night

Edinburgh cityscape at night

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.)

Streets of Edinburgh

Streets of Edinburgh

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.

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