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Planning on flying into Edinburgh Airport or have you just enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Scotland and you are due to depart from Edinburgh Airport? Getting to Edinburgh city centre from the airport or vice versa has never been easier. The choice of travel is down to you and your budget. This guide will help you with the most frequently asked questions on how to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport or from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh.
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How to get to Edinburgh Airport
Getting to Edinburgh Airport by car is not difficult. The airport is easily accessible by most modes of transport.
It is situated in the Ingliston area of Edinburgh and is just five minutes from the M9, one of Scotland’s motorways.
To find the address of Edinburgh airport, you should use the postcode of EH12 9DN for your sat nav.
The distance from Edinburgh Airport to city centre is only eight miles, or around 20 minutes if travelling by car.
Edinburgh Bus from Airport
Edinburgh Airport buses to the city centre are frequent and cheap.
The Airlink 100 Edinburgh Airport bus or the Edinburgh Airport shuttle bus takes you straight to the city centre and means that getting from Edinburgh Airport to Princes Street will only take you about 30 minutes.
You pay on the bus by exact cash of £2.50 or contactless payments. You can also prebook this service by using the following link. The cost is around £4.50 per person.
There are several places you can get a bus from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport for your return journey allowing you to make the most of your exploring before you head back to the airport for your return journey.
However, the main pick up point is St Andrews Square bus station.
If you have travelled by train and need to get to the airport, you can get the 100 bus at either the top of the Waverley Steps or outside Haymarket station.
If you have opted for a park and ride at the two areas in Fife, you can get to the airport by using the 747 bus to Edinburgh Airport.
The journey takes around 36 minutes as it uses the old Forth Road Bridge rather than the new Queensferry Crossing. You can purchase an open return to use with a month of first travelling.
It will cost you around £14 per person.
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One of the newest ways to get from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh is by tram.
There is no train station at the airport, so if you are coming from Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket stations to Edinburgh Airport, you will have to use the tram.
A journey time of around 40 minutes, the tram takes you straight to the airport.
The cost of this is around £7 for a single ticket. If you plan on using the tram several times through your stay, you should purchase a multi-use ticket starting from £14.50 for a three-day ticket.
Edinburgh Airport Private Transport
If you are looking for something a little more exclusive, then it is worth getting private transport.
Allowing you to skip the long line for taxis and buses, you can sit back and enjoy the luxury of being taken straight to the city centre or your hotel – whatever you decide to do first.
From £25 per person, it is worth splurging out a little.
Pick Up/Drop Off
With thoughts of the final scenes of ‘Love Actually’ as you are being welcomed by your friends or family at the airport, it is wise to note that they will need somewhere to park.
Not every person picking you up is aware of the car parking at Edinburgh Airport. There are several to choose from, each with a varying cost amount.
There is a dedicated multi story carpark at the airport.
Situated only 10 minutes walking time from the terminal, it is one of the most popular places to be picked up or dropped off.
If you know your way to this area, and your friends or family also know where to park, then this can be one of the quickest ways into or out of the airport.
The dedicated drop off/pick up zone is on the ground floor of the multi story car park. You will need to know your timings of flights landing.
Getting through security, passport control and baggage collection can take some time and this will all add to the cost of this parking area.
Be aware that you cannot simply pass through this area as it is barrier controlled and even five minutes here will cost you £2.
|15 mins to 1 hour||£15|
|Every hour thereafter||£15|
|Entry and Exit||Barrier controlled|
|Payment method||Cash, card, contactless and mobile payments are all accepted|
|Maximum Stay||2 hours, no vehicle should be left unattended|
|Vehicles allowed||Cars, motorbikes, minibuses|
|Exclusions||Taxis or private hire pick ups.|
|Blue badge holders||Free for 1 hour|
Free Pick up/Drop off
There is a free drop off and pick up zone, at the long stay car park. You will find shuttle buses from here to take you to the main terminals.
|30 mins to 1 hour||£7|
|Entry and Exit||Barrier controlled|
|Payment methods||Cash and card|
|No maximum stay||Charges begin after 30 mins|
The rest of the multi story car parking is available for those of you who have friends or family travelling a distance to pick you up.
You can park here, with easy access to the airport, the minimum charge is for a three hour period at £20 for non booked visits. If you book in advance, you will get a more competitive rate.
Edinburgh Airport NCP
If you are looking to park your car at the airport for your holiday or business trip, there is an NCP parking area at the airport, just a short four-minute bus ride from the car park.
They provide a free bus from here. For a week’s parking here, you will pay around £33.
Car Hire at Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport offers a variety of car hire companies to suit your budget where you can collect your vehicle or drop one off if it is your return journey.
If you are collecting a car, you need to head out of the terminal to the car hire area, which is a short 10-minute walk under a covered area next to the multi-story car park.
Dropping off your car is in the same area with the short walk over to the terminal.
Another popular way to get to and from Edinburgh Airport is by taxi.
The Edinburgh Airport taxi company is able to drop you off or collect you from the dedicated area on the ground floor of the multistory car park.
The cost of a taxi from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre is around £20. It is advisable to prebook a taxi, particularly if your group is over five people.
Most taxi companies have a pre-arranged price for this journey. It is wise to ask about this before you book.
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This guide has given you some of the options available to you for your travel to and from Edinburgh Airport.
Enjoy your time in Edinburgh and Céad Míle Fáilte!
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