Edinburgh Airport - EDI:
Edinburgh International Airport is a small airport compared to Heathrow, Paris, or Amsterdam. I recently traveled to Edinburgh Airport from PDX - flying through Amsterdam. The good news is that it is easy to get in and out of Edinburgh on normal days. We, however, got caught in the great "Ash Cloud" episode of April 2010 and could not fly out of the country for almost 8 days. We did make it home and our overall experience with Edinburgh (EDI is the airport code) Airport was great. EDI is located about 20 minutes west from the actual city centre of Edinburgh and it's convenient to get there. We stayed right next to the airport at the Edinburgh Hilton Hotel. The airport currently serves more than 40 airlines which fly passengers to over 100 destinations. About 9 million travelers pass through Edinburgh airport each year and that will only grow as they offer more connections around Europe and the globe.
The official website for the airport is at http://www.edinburghairport.com
. You can check out live flight details for arrivals and departures schedules online at the site. Search by flight # or type in where the flight is coming from. They let you book parking on the site as well. Check out parking costs online and see which lot makes the most financial sense. You can catch daily flights to Heathrow (London), Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt, and Newark, NJ. Airfares are reasonable since many of the flights to mainland Europe are only an hour or 2 at most, so it's quick to fly around to Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, etc. Inside the Edinburgh Airport there was plenty of room to sit at the gates and security went by really fast. I would definitely fly into or out of the airport again on future trips.
Edinburgh Airport Map:
We have given you an Edinburgh airport map down below so you can quickly see the layout of the airport. It's meant to be a general map, your best source for terminal and gate details is to go directly to the main website of the airport listed above. There is a great terminal map here
The PDF shows you gates, international arrivals, chech-in areas, baggage claim, car rental counters, cash machines, wireless hotspots, toilets, and restaurants. It's a good way to get your bearings on where things are at. Again, the airport is rather small, so getting to and from gates is straight forward and easy. There are a few airline lounges on site - British Airways, BMI, and Servisair. You check-in on the ground floor and take the escalator upstairs to all the gates. Want to see where car parks are for the airport, go check out the link here
. You get a detailed map with short and long stay parking options in and around the airport itself.
Edinburgh Airport Transportation - Buses, Taxi, and Rental Cars:
Getting to the airport is simple whether you are driving in a rental car, taking a cab/taxi, the bus or a train. If you are looking to take a train into or out of the airport, you are going to have to get to Waverley Station in downtown Edinburgh. The Airlink 100 bus is the best way to do that - just 6 GBP for a roundtrip ticket. I rented a car from the terminal when I arrived and the rental car facility is right on site. That's convenient and they have Hertz, Budget, Avis, Eurocar, and more to choose from. Expect to spend about 40 to 60 pounds a day for a rental car. If you plan on staying around the city of Edinburgh, forget the car and take public transportation. Taxis charge roughly $25-$30 to get into the city centre from the airport. All the transportation options are literally right outside the door as you leave the airport so you can't miss them. The direct bus routes from EDI to city centre take about 30 minutes. If you do plan on renting a car from the airport, make sure you understand that in the UK and Ireland they drive on the other side of the road compared to what we are used to in the United States. Also, the steering wheel is on the right hand side of the vehicle (our passenger side). It's a bit tricky at first when entering roads, but you can do it.