Flights from Edinburgh to London
Flight information Edinburgh to London
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Flights fromEdinburgh to London
Information is correct as of February 2016
Airlines that fly from Edinburgh to London
Ryanair, Easyjet, FlyBe, and British Airways all have direct flights from Edinburgh to London. There are also a number of indirect flights, but a non-stop flight will save you a significant amount of time.
Ryanair and Easyjet fly into London Stansted, Flybe and British Airways Cityflyer fly to London City, and Easyjet and British Airways fly into Gatwick. If you know you need to be in London City Centre, London City Airport is the best hub to fly into. Flights to London Stansted are typically much cheaper, because there tends to be a 2 hour transfer from Stansted to the City – whether you get there via the bus, train or taxi.
Terminal Information - Departing
Edinburgh's Airport operates several flights within the UK and Europe, but it's a fairly small, clean and well kept transport hub. If you're flying during Monday morning or Friday afternoon, you can expect a small rush of commuters, but in the day to day running the airport is very well kept and not crowded.
You can easily reach the airport via a bus or taxi from the city centre (check out the services running from Waverley Station). You can also reach Edinburgh Airport with a bus from Glasgow.
When departing Edinburgh, there are several choices of places to eat, drink and relax. Pick up a hot drink in Costa or Starbucks, or nip into Marks & Spencers to pick up a snack. There's also a WHSmith on the airside and a Bureau de Change.
If you'd like to chill out in style, it costs £24 to access the lounge – it's the perfect place to rest or work prior to waiting for your flight.
Terminal Information – Arriving
Your experience on entering London will differ, considering which airport you are flying into.
London City Airport
This is the best airport for a quick commute to London, placed in the centre of the City. It's perfect for travellers who need to get to Canary Wharf and London's Business District. Wifi is available throughout the airport. The airport is small and compact – you can expect to be out of the airport after landing within 10 minutes, and onto the second leg of your journey.
If it's rush hour, the best way to get from A to B is via the Underground. The Airport Station is located on the Docklands Light Railway, which is part of London's Underground System. The Station is in Zone 3. Purchase either a day ticket for £9.60, a single journey ticket, or load up an Oyster card to ride on the DLR. Fairs vary within London, but travel passes on the Oyster card make it more affordable.
Alternatively, you could grab a taxi outside of the airport for your next journey. If you're heading across London, this will be expensive, but there are several ride-sharing apps you could download to make it more affordable.
London Gatwick is located to the south of London, and it's a great budget option if you're looking for cheap flights. However, this is one of the busiest airports in the UK. You'll be arriving into the North or the South Terminal, but both have easy access to public transport. Both terminals are equipped with shops, Bureau de Change and service desks for tourist information.
The best way to get to central London is via the Express Link to London Victoria. Tickets for this service need to be purchased in the station prior to leaving Gatwick – you can buy these on card or with cash. British pounds are needed to purchase tickets at Gatwick station. These tickets are not covered by the Oyster Card. You can also get to Brighton, Bedford and St Pancras via Gatwick Station.
If you'd like to jump in a cab up to London, fares start at £22.50 to central London. If you book online or via a ride sharing app, you'll find a better deal than in the normal black cab queue.
The cheapest way to get to London is by using the easyBus, which costs £2 and goes straight to Earls Court. This can take up to an hour in peak traffic.
London Stansted is the furthest airport from the centre, close to Colchester and Cambridge. Whilst the flights here are cheap, the transfers tend to be expensive and lengthy. If you're driving in you'll need to pay the congestion charge, whether you're in a taxi or renting a car.
The train is the fastest option for getting into London – it costs as little as £8 one way, and departs every 30 minutes, running slightly less frequently during the evening.
You can also catch a bus transfer to London or to other parts of the UK from here with National Express coaches.
Make sure to use your Scottish bank notes prior to leaving Edinburgh, as they aren't widely accepted in London.
As Edinburgh and London are both part of the UK, this is a domestic flight, and it's recommended that you arrive at least an hour prior to your scheduled time of departure.
What to expect in London
London is the capital city of the UK, and thus it is slightly more expensive than Edinburgh. Consumer prices, are on average, 60% higher in London, with dining out being listed as one of the most expensive activities in comparison with Edinburgh.
London is also noticeably bigger than Edinburgh – whilst you're able to walk around Edinburgh in a day, London might take you 5 days to get around. It's a congregation of many different neighbourhoods, including Soho, Mayfair, Clapham, Shoreditch, Dalston, Ealing, and many more, not to mention the outlying neighbourhoods like Dulwich and Crawley. To cope with this, London has a well developed and comprehensive underground Metro and bus service.
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