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Cheap flights to Edinburgh

What's Edinburgh like?

Edinburgh is a historic town, full of architecture that dates back centuries. The jewel in its crown is the iconic castle that overlooks the city centre, but there are plenty of other structures like Holyrood Palace and the Scott Monument to take in too.

Much of the city is walkable, often along cobblestone roads, but there's also an extensive public transport system in place, including the recently reinstated tram network that makes getting around Edinburgh an easy and enjoyable task.

Which airlines fly to Edinburgh?

There are no direct flights from New Zealand to the UK, but it is possible to get from Auckland to Edinburgh with just 1 stop by flying with Qatar Airways.

Most journeys from New Zealand have 2 or more stops on their way to Scotland. These flights are often shared by airlines, such as Air New Zealand and British Airways or Malaysia Airlines and KLM.

How long is the flight to Edinburgh?

Auckland to Edinburgh

28 hours (1 stop)

Christchurch to Edinburgh

30 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Edinburgh

31 hours 55 minutes (3 stops)

Wellington to Edinburgh

29 hours 35 minutes (3 stops)

What is the best time to visit Edinburgh?

Edinburgh's warmest month is July, with an average temperature of 15°C. The city is at its coldest in January when the average drops to 4°C. Snow is common from November through to February in most years.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a huge event in Scotland's capital, spreading over August and September. Unless you plan to see some shows, it's best to avoid the city at this time due to a shortage of affordable accommodation.

Do I need a visa for Edinburgh?

No. New Zealanders can travel around the UK for up to 6 months without a visa.

How expensive is Edinburgh?

The UK is generally more expensive than New Zealand, and Edinburgh is no exception. Expect to pay an extra $5 or so when eating out, but drinks (both soft and alcoholic) are slightly cheaper.

Like in England, you'll spend pound sterling in Scotland.

Arriving in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is the busiest airport in Scotland and the 6th busiest in the UK. It has 1 terminal with a generous offering of shops, cafes and services.

The airport is 12km from the city centre. There are several ways to make this journey:

  • The public bus stop is immediately in front of the terminal. This costs £4.50 for a single ticket and takes 50-60 minutes to reach its destination. At night, this drops to £3 and 30 minutes.

  • The express bus (number 100) also makes a stop outside the terminal. This also costs £4.50 but takes just 30 minutes.

  • The tram costs £5.50 for an adult and takes half an hour to reach the city.

  • A taxi takes around 25 minutes, costing £20-£25.

Car hire at Edinburgh Airport is available from a dedicated centre outside the terminal. Once you exit the building, follow the covered walkway to your left

Useful tips about Edinburgh

Read why Edinburgh is one of the UK's best cities to visit.

The local delicacy is haggis, neeps and tatties (meat, turnips/swedes and potatoes), often smothered in whisky gravy. This is available in most pubs.

The tap water in Scotland is some of the best-tasting in the world.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

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