Holidays departing from Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport destinations

The airport’s top ten internal destinations, from the top down, are Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Stansted, London City, Luton, Bristol, Belfast International, Manchester and Southampton. Their most popular ten international destinations are Amsterdam in first place, followed by Dublin,Paris, Frankfurt International, New York (Newark), Alicante, Geneva, Palma, Madrid and Malaga. Aside from that, you can reach holiday hotspots and slightly more unusual destinations like Toulouse, Verona, Vienna, Tampere, Stockholm, Sumburgh, Pisa and Poitiers, Palma and Tenerife, Rekyavik and Rhodes… it’s a top starting point for a vast range of wonderful places.

Edinburgh Airport basics

Edinburgh airport’s first flight took place in 1947, the first ever shuttle service between Edinburgh and London, by British European Airways. In 1977 it opened in its current form and in June 2012 GIP officially took ownership. Today the airport handles nine million people a year, averaging an impressive 24,600 passengers per day. More than forty airlines fly out of Edinburgh and an average of 331 planes take off and land every day. In the past decade it has contributed a staggering £260 million or more to the local economy, and it employs over 2,500 people.

Airport information

If you fancy treating yourself, try the Servisair Executive Lounge, available whoever you’re flying with. The fee covers free alcoholic and soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks, desks and phones, internet access, TV and reading material. All peaceful and quiet… lovely! Aside from that the airport is very well equipped, with Best of the Best Supercars, Boots, Dixons Travel and Hugo Boss outlets as well as Inside & Out massage, Jo Malone, Kurt Geiger and Liquorice Tree. If you’d rather chill out, head for Caffè Nero, Costa, EAT, the Fringe Bar & Eating Place, The Gathering Deli Café & Takeaway, Restaurant & Lounge. Or choose the The Turnhouse, Thermidors Seafood Bar, WHSmith Café or Wetherspoon Express.

Airport directions

By bus: There are plenty of buses into central Edinburgh and other local destinations and they stop outside the terminal’s main entrance. Airlink 100 express buses run between the airport and Waverley Bridge, close to the city’s main rail and bus stations. There’s a night bus, the N22 from the airport to the city centre and Ocean Terminal in Leith, running from 0.47am and 4.13am every day. Frequent Service 35 from Lothian Buses runs to the city centre and on to Ocean Terminal, and the Jet 747 run to and from Fife.

By train: Edinburgh's main rail stations, Waverley and Haymarket, are accessible by taxi or bus in 25 to 30 minutes. Or take the Jet 747 bus to Inverkeithing train station in Fife.

By car: Edinburgh airport sits around eight miles west of the city centre. Head for the entrance via the A8 Glasgow Road, close to the M8 and M9 motorways. If you’re using SatNav the post code is EH12 9DN.


Edinburgh is home to a host of popular airlines including, Ryanair, easyJet and KLM Cityhopper. Thomas Cook flies from there, as do Vueling and Norwegian Airlines, Flybe and Balkan Holidays flights. You can fly with bmi, OLT Express, Thomson Holidays and Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and Inghams, Turkish Airlines, BA and Fly Niki. And Iberia Express, United Airlines, SAS and First Choice all trust Edinburgh Airport to deliver your holiday promises. All of which means your range is excellent, from internal flights within Britain to far-flung and exotic destinations.

Airport car parking

Edinburgh airport has plenty of parking. The short stay car park is right next to the terminal and there’s also a fastTRACK Parking system in place, with 150 exclusive bays, a dedicated fast-entry lane and a 60 second walk to the terminal. You’ll find long stay parking on the airport’s Gogar Bridge Road, three minutes by courtesy bus from the terminal, with buses running every ten minutes.

Airport hotels

The Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport is literally five minutes away from the terminal by shuttle bus, which runs 24 hours a day. There’s a convenient Hilton at New Bridge. Other than that, there are countless places to stay in the city itself and the suburbs, as well as out in the beautiful surrounding countryside, in local villages and towns.

Edinburgh Airport code


Address and phone number

Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh EH12 9DN, UK. Telephone 0131 333 1000.