As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is one of the most important urban centres in the UK. A hub for business and a fantastic city for culture and entertainment ensure that there are a number of options available on cheap flights to Edinburgh.
One huge reason to book cheap flights to Edinburgh is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is actually a collection of festivals encompassing art, drama, comedy, dance and more that all happen to take place in August and early September. But what about the rest of the year? Edinburgh is referred to as the 'Athens of the North' and it really does have a fantastic historical feel to it. Seemingly every turn offers up a building laden with history. The world famous Royal Mile topped by the castle at the peak of the hill is not to be missed along with its many sights. Try a walking tour to cram in a decent number of sights into an easy stroll. For an alternative experience, why not visit the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo - the only pandas in the United Kingdom. For many people it's also the best option to pick up cheap Edinburgh car hire before going on to explore the Scottish Highlands.
You can get a cheap flight to Edinburgh Airport from virtually anywhere in the UK. Low cost airlines operate services to the Scottish capital from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Cardiff, Belfast and more, making getting there by air often cheaper than by rail. That means that wherever you are travelling from there's a good chance of finding some cheap Edinburgh flights. It's undoubtedly one of the best connected cities in the UK for domestic travel.
Edinburgh can easily be reached by train from towns and cities across Scotland and north England as well as from London, although it's usually cheaper and faster to fly from many UK destinations. You can find plenty of great value flights to Edinburgh with a little flexibility and forward planning. Edinburgh is also situated close to excellent motorways so coach travel and driving are other options.
Edinburgh Airport has excellent links to the city with trains to both Waverley and Haymarket, the two main stations in Edinburgh. Plus there are several buses serving the city and surrounding areas, as well as taxis and car hire firms. If you're staying in the historic centre, it's best to head to Waverly Train Station, as it's within walking distance of most hotels. However both stations have good connections with local buses and there are usually taxis waiting to help you complete your journey
Buses are the principal method of public transport around Edinburgh and offer an extensive and efficient service. Whilst buses are generally frequent and reasonably priced, watch out for traffic jams, in which case it may be faster to walk! Taxis are easy to come by although quite expensive, especially during festivals and late at night.
Edinburgh's climate means it has warm summers and winters that are much milder than the surrounding area. The summer temperatures generally average about 18°C, with average winter temperatures around 8°C. Come prepared though as Edinburgh is often very windy and there is rain throughout the year.
The height of the tourist season in Edinburgh is the summer months. Spring is generally a nicer time to visit, there are fewer crowds and the flowers are starting to bloom in all the parks.
Edinburgh also gets unbelievably full over Christmas and New Year with one of the highlights of the Edinburgh calendar being the traditional Hogmanay celebrations. Naturally, things are also busier whenever one of the famous festivals is on, but if you can brave the crowds the combination of the events and the sights is really enjoyable. We would recommend booking in advance though, as hotels in Edinburgh fill up quickly, and keep your eye open for good package deals.
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Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland
The Royal Mile is packed with gorgeous architecture - like this old Toll Booth
The Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle is one of the annual highlights
Kilts are a popular souvenir
Climbing up one of Edinburgh's many hills leads to great views of the city
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