Airlines serving Edinburgh, Scotland's busiest airport, include Air France, Aer Lingus, American, British Airways, Delta, easyJet, flybe, Iberia, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, and Virgin Atlantic.
American and United both fly direct to Edinburgh from New York's JFK airport. United also flies direct from Newark, and has a handful of direct flights per week from Chicago O'Hare. Otherwise your airline is likely to require a change somewhere in Europe. You could fly into Glasgow Airport, 50 miles away, or the smaller Glasgow Prestwick, another 30 miles south, but it's hard to see why you would bother.
Edinburgh Airport is 7 miles west of the city center. Flights bound for Edinburgh depart virtually every hour from London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Edinburgh Airport. Glasgow Rd., Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH12 9DN. 0844/448–8833; www.edinburghairport.com.
Transfers from Edinburgh Airport
There are no rail links to the city center, so the most efficient way to do the journey on public transport is by tram; the service runs every 8 to 12 minutes and takes about half an hour. Tickets cost £5. By bus or car you can usually make it to Edinburgh in a half hour, unless you hit the morning (7:30 to 9) or evening (4 to 6) rush hours. Lothian Buses runs an Airlink express service to Waverley railway station via Haymarket that usually takes around half an hour, depending on traffic. Buses run every 10 minutes (every 30 minutes throughout the night); tickets cost £4.50 and are available from the driver or at the airport information desk. Local buses also run between Edinburgh Airport and the city center every 15 minutes or so from 9 to 5, and roughly every hour during off-peak hours; they're cheaper—just £1.50 one-way—but can take twice as long.
You can arrange for a chauffeur-driven limousine to meet your flight at Edinburgh Airport through Transvercia Chaffeur Drive, Little's, or W L Sleigh Ltd., for upwards of £50.
Taxis are readily available outside the terminal. The trip takes 20 to 30 minutes to the city center, 15 minutes longer during rush hour. The fare is roughly £25. Note that airport taxis picking up fares from the terminal are any color, not the typical black cabs.
Airport Transfer Contacts
Little's. Paisley, Renfrewshire. 0141/883–2111; www.littles.co.uk.
Transvercia Chaffeur Drive. Leith, Edinburgh, Edinburgh. 0131/555–0459; www.transvercia.co.uk.
W L Sleigh Ltd.. Edinburgh, Edinburgh. 0131/339–9607; sleigh.co.uk.