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Flights to Edinburgh in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJanuaryHigh demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$1,301Average for round-trip flights in July 2021
Round-trip from$701From Las Vegas McCarran to Edinburgh Turnhouse
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas to Edinburgh

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Edinburgh right now?

There are currently restrictions on flights to Edinburgh along with the rest of United Kingdom. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions

The United Kingdom has reimposed national lockdown. From January 4, National lockdown in England is in effect. Traveling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Foreign nationals are subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ regulations. They should not travel abroad unless it is permitted. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Travelers must follow all the rules that apply to them. From November 20, Scotland restricted cross-border travels within the UK, only essential travels—which includes health reasons, work and for study—will be allowed to enter and leave Scotland. People living within Level 3 or Level 4 lockdown areas in Scotland are also not permitted to leave their area, and banned from traveling overseas, though people in Level 0-2 are not. Travelers who have been in or transited through ared list travel ban countries in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter The United Kingdom with the exception of British nationals, nationals of Ireland, residents of the UK. Certain areas of the UK and Crown Dependencies may have specific travel regulations. Check the relevant page for information related to travel to Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Shetland, and Orkney.

Entry requirements

All travelers entering the United Kingdom must present a completed "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" to immigration upon arrival. On January 18, all travelers to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, including UK nationals returning home, must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR, antigen or LAMP test result taken within 3 days prior to departure. Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands and St Helena), will not be in scope of the regulations. Children under the age of 11 will also not be required to complete pre-departure testing. Until January 21, travelers from Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia or Barbados will also not be in scope of the regulations.

Quarantine requirements

On January 18, travel corridors will be suspended, all travelers arriving in the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man are subject to 10-day self-isolation. Travelers can take a test on the 5th day of their arrival, if the test result is negative the self-isolation period will end as soon as they receive the result, they must continue to self-isolate while awaiting for the test result. If the test is positive they need to self-isolate for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day they took the test, or from when they first had symptoms if that is earlier. From February 15, British nationals, nationals of Ireland, residents of the UK who have been in or through a red list travel ban country in the past 10 days must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. They cannot use the Test to Release scheme. Note: The English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish governments may be applying quarantine requirements differently. Check for more information on travel to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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All travelers on flights to the UK must wear face coverings on aircraft and on public transport upon arrival thereafter. Passengers using taxis and private hire vehicles should also use a face covering for the duration of their journey. Drivers may refuse to transport passengers who do not follow guidance for safe travel. From March 8, passenger traveling abroad will need to carry a new travel declaration form stating that their trip is permitted under UK national lockdown rules. The form must be downloaded, signed before travel, and carried or downloaded onto a mobile phone. Passengers who do not have a valid form may be denied boarding. Review the UK government’s entry requirements, and read more about travel restrictions for the UK.

If you are looking to book a trip to Edinburgh and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
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Cheapest Prices for Edinburgh flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Edinburgh found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
Currently, February is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Edinburgh. Flying to Edinburgh in July will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Edinburgh?

Average Edinburgh Turnhouse flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
$638 - $1,179
44.6 - 66.2 °F
1.46 - 2.48 inches

Peak Season:

Travelers pack Edinburgh flights during the summer, when daylight is long and the city is full of excitement. It’s also a bit warmer as well. August also sees the Edinburgh International Festival, a four-week event of dance, music and theatre. On top of that, also in August, is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which has been running for more than 50 years. Taking place in front of Edinburgh Castle, it’s a fantastic event with close to a thousand dancers, musicians, drummers and pipers from all over the world. Make sure to book your flights to Edinburgh well in advance if you wish to attend any of these festivities.

Off Season:

There isn’t really an off season, but Edinburgh sees fewer tourists in spring and fall so travelers hoping to avoid the crowds can purchase Edinburgh flights and find hotel discounts during this time. For the best chances of finding cheap flights to Edinburgh avoid booking late for August and Christmas time. You can find the cheapest flights to Edinburgh from September to December, excluding Christmas time. Flights to Edinburgh can vary, so make sure to get your flight tickets sorted well before any events and busy periods.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Edinburgh?

At the moment, Wednesday is the most economical day to take a flight to Edinburgh. Monday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Edinburgh?

Edinburgh flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the morning. Booking a flight in the evening will likely mean higher prices.

Edinburgh Travel Guide

Millions of visitors a year book flights to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, where ancient architecture seamlessly blends with modern living. Examples are dotted throughout the city from the new Scottish Parliament building to the imposing Edinburgh Castle that sits high on the hilltop commanding every visitor’s attention. Most people who book a flight to Edinburgh make sure to book a tour of the castle well in advance to beat the crowds.

It may sound ironic that an ancient city with its winding medieval streets and gothic architecture would be one of the liveliest cities in Europe. Not only does it have a buzzing nightlife scene but every August four festivals including the world’s largest, “the Fringe”, take place there transforming the city into one big celebration. Beyond the city walls, visitors can explore the rural area of the Lothians: East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. All three areas provide a relaxing break to the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Midlothian is probably the most visited thanks to its Rosslyn Chapel being featured in the Da Vinci Code. Fans of the movie who are booking flights to Edinburgh should plan a stop to Midlothian as part of their visit.

With so much history to take in, and things to see and do, it may be difficult to figure out where to start when you get to Edinburgh. Here are some tips to help you plan your trip to Edinburgh and enjoy the smoothest possible visit to this historic city.

What’s the weather like in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh features a mild climate, with average temperatures reaching around 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months. In the winter, temperatures dip to the upper 30’s to mid-40’s. Conditions tend to be windy and foggy due to the city’s location between the coast and nearby hills. Rainfall is steady throughout the year, but you may run into more rainy days if you visit in October.

How long is the flight to Edinburgh?

If you are flying from New York to Edinburgh, a nonstop flight typically lasts around seven hours. Flights from Los Angeles require at least one stopover, and you can expect to spend approximately thirteen hours in the air. For a quick trip from London to Edinburgh, you can find a direct flight lasting about one hour and thirty minutes.

Which airlines fly to Edinburgh?

Edinburgh Airport is a busy travel hub, offering both domestic and international flights. Airlines operating flights from the United States to Edinburgh include American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. For travel from the U.K. or Ireland, you can find flights operated by British Airways and Aer Lingus. Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and Ryanair offer a host of flights originating from cities throughout Europe.

What should you pack for a flight to Edinburgh?

Weather in Edinburgh tends to be cool year-round, so you’ll want to pack a jacket and layers of clothes to keep warm. Some hotels and bed and breakfast locations may tend to be a bit drafty, so be sure to bring warm pajamas or lounge wear for bedtime. A rain jacket may come in handy if you’ll be hiking, and comfortable hiking shoes or boots are ideal for sightseeing and exploring outdoors. You may also want to consider galoshes just in case the weather is particularly rainy while you are visiting.

Getting to and around the city of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is roughly 7.5 miles from the city center and there are a few different transport options to get you there. You can get the Airlink 100 express and N22 night buses to Waverley Bridge. Normally it takes around twenty-five minutes. Lothian Bus No. 35 also covers the route but does stop off at different places on the way and continues on to Leith. You could also rent a car or take a taxi from the airport. Trams are also an option, and are frequent and normally very reliable. You can change at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket stations if you need to continue on to somewhere else.

Once you’ve settled in to your hotel, it’s time to explore. You’ll want to make sure you bring some sturdy shoes with you to Edinburgh. Walking is the best way to explore and your feet will thank you while you trip over the cobblestone streets. Biking is popular as well. If you can get past the ups and downs of the hills, there are plenty of bike paths and lanes to pedal on. It shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to get anywhere. Buses are extremely efficient. They blanket the city and there’s a night bus service if you’re out late. Make sure you have exact change on you for a bus ticket, or purchase a day ticket if you’re planning on riding around all day. Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off buses offer guided tours and stop at major attractions. Taxi cabs are also an option.

What are some things to do in Edinburgh?

From its museums and historic castles to its beautiful coastal spots, Edinburgh offers a wonderful variety of things to see and do. A trip to Edinburgh Castle should be at the top of your to-do list. It’s one of the country’s most-visited landmarks, and the structure has been both home to the royals and a target for enemy attacks. If you love the idea of visiting Scottish castles, you can also visit Holyroodhouse Palace, which still hosts the royal family to this day.

Immerse yourself in the history of Scotland with a visit to the National Museum of Scotland, and finish your day with a trip to the Royal Botanic Garden. You can also spend a day shopping and sightseeing on the Royal Mile, which is home to many shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as the Scotch Whiskey Experience. Last but not least, if you’re in Edinburgh to just have a good time, be sure to visit the many pubs that can be found in the city for a pint or two.

Tips for your stay in Edinburgh

  • There are many places in Edinburgh to enjoy the view. One of the more unusual is the Scott Monument, a huge black Victorian gothic monument to honor Sir Walter Scott, directly opposite Princes Street. You can pay to walk up to the top of the 200-foot tower; there are fabulous views of the city center from the top.
  • If you want to buy tartan while you’re in town, head for the Royal Mile. There are lots of kilt-maker shops and you can pick up anything from the genuine article, made in your own tartan.
  • Edinburgh is a very green city: there are plenty of parks and public spaces to enjoy within the city center. The Royal Botanic Garden is especially worth a visit. Founded in the 17th-century as a place to grow medicinal plants, today the Botanic is one of the most popular tourist spots. Entrance to the gardens is free, but there is an admissions charge to the glasshouses.

Finding Flights from Edinburgh

Whether a trip to Edinburgh has you yearning to visit other Scottish cities or you want to visit other beautiful destinations in Europe, Asia, and beyond, Cheapflights can help finalize your travel itinerary. Many of the airlines that fly into Edinburgh Airport also offer flights from the city to other nearby destinations. Airlines operating flights out of Edinburgh include Air France, Ryaniar, Flybe, Eurowings, Lufthansa and British Airways. If Edinburgh is the last stop on your trip, you can book a return trip to the U.S. on United, Delta or American Airlines. Cheapflights can help you find the top deals on flights from Edinburgh to the destination you want to visit.

Edinburgh offers a number of public transportation options that can get you to the airport safely and on-time. Opt for the tram, which provides comfortable trips from the city center to the airport in approximately thirty minutes, or take the bus from your hotel to the airport. If you prefer more private accommodations, you can take a taxi cab. The international airport in Edinburgh does tend to be busy, but the security lines tend to run smoothly. You can log onto the airport’s website for live updates about security checkpoint lines, which make it easier to plan your journey.

Once you choose a destination, be sure to check out our Edinburgh airport guides for more detailed travel information and helpful tips.


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Edinburgh Turnhouse (EDI), located 6.8 mi from the city center, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Edinburgh.

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