Cheap Flights to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is what connects the rest of the world the beautiful, historic capital of Scotland with its imposing castle and rich royal heritage. The airport is located at Ingliston, so flights to Edinburgh land on the west side of town. It is just a short drive from the restaurants and bars of the New Town area and the picturesque cobblestone streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Domestic and international flights to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) can be taken via Flybe, EasyJet, Airberlin, United and most other major airlines. You can grab a quick bite to eat or a refreshing coffee at the airport lounge or any of the other cafes and eateries conveniently housed inside the airport. After you get your luggage, you can get around Edinburgh by taking a taxi, a rental car or the tram. It's possible to travel all over Scotland by taking a train or a long-distance coach. Taxis should be booked on the ground floor of the airport, and all other forms of transportation can be arranged after arrival. A taxi from the airport to the center of Edinburgh will cost about $30.
Whether you are traveling to Edinburgh for business or pleasure, the Edinburgh Castle cannot be missed. It is a beautiful testament to the history of the city, and it houses both the Scottish Crown Jewels and Scotland's National War Museum. The Edinburgh Zoo is also a fun place to visit while you are in town. It spans 82 acres, and it is the only zoo in the UK where you can see koala bears and giant pandas along with a thousand other interesting animals.
The Royal Mile is a popular destination for visitors in Old Town. It is one Scottish mile long, about 1.5 standard miles, and it has plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops and pubs for you to enjoy. If you are not sure where to begin, there are tours tailored to specific interests such as the Scotch Whiskey Experience and the City of the Dead Tour, but there are also regular walking tours as well, like the Local Eyes Tour. The tavern along the Royal Mile is a favorite place to eat among Edinburgh visitors and locals alike. You're sure to enjoy a traditional Scottish pub with live music and a wide variety of delicious food and great drinks.
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Edinburgh is known regionally as "The Festival City" because it hosts events nearly nonstop from April to January. The Edinburgh International Film Festival is in June, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is in July, and the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival is in August, but all of the festivals have something unique to offer and are filled with enjoyable experiences.
Edinburgh's coldest months are December and January. On average, the warmest days of those months are around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and the coolest days are usually around 35 degrees Fahrenheit. July is Edinburgh's warmest month of the year; its highs are around 66 degrees Fahrenheit while its lows are around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
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