Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport Information (EDI)

Situated eight miles west of the city centre, Edinburgh Airport ranks among Britain’s busiest air facilities, seeing annual passenger figures of over seven million per year and serving flights to more than 100 destinations around the world. A single terminal handles all flights, with Arrivals situated on the ground floor and Departures on the first floor.

Edinburgh Airport offers conference rooms for those wishing to hold meetings or events, while some basic business facilities such as telephones, fax machines and PCs can be found at the executive lounges of British Airways, British Midland and Servisair. For money transactions, there are ATMs in various parts of the airport as well as bureaux de change counters. Other essentials include a first-aid room, left luggage facility, baby-changing rooms and a pharmacy. For indulgence and relaxation, the airport offers an extensive selection of shops including popular high street stores, while bars and restaurants on the first floor provide ample options for food and beverages.

Public buses connect the airport with the city and Waverley Bridge, and they operate at 15-minute intervals during busy times. A night bus to Livingston and Dunfermline also operates regularly. Buses also connect the airport with Haymarket Station in the city centre, from where rail services to Glasgow and various major UK destinations are available. Meanwhile, taxis are available from outside the Arrivals Hall.

Address: BAA Edinburgh, Scotland, EH12 9DN, UK
Tel: +44 844 448 8833

Website: www.edinburghairport.com

Business, VIP & Wifi

Wifi access is available throughout the terminal for those with laptop computers. Internet kiosks are also available both land and airside of the terminal.

Business centres: the executive lounges of Servisair, British Airways and British Midland offer some basic business facilities and are open to passengers flying first or business class.

Meeting rooms: the airport has rooms suitable for meetings, conferences, events and other functions that are available for hire.

VIP: Servisair provides a VIP lounge for paying passengers, while those holding first or business class tickets with British Airways or British Midland can make use of their respective VIP lounges.

Internet: internet kiosks can be found on both sides of the terminal and payment for their usage can be made by cash or credit card. Wifi access is available in all public areas of the airport

Car Rental

As a busy facility receiving visitors from the UK and all over the world, Edinburgh Airport sees a high demand for car rentals. Fortunately, there are four reputable car hire companies operating desks within the terminal and offering a large and varied selection of vehicles.

Car hire companies at Edinburgh Airport are conveniently located in the Arrivals Hall to provide on-the-spot service for arriving visitors. Avis Auto Rental, Europcar Rent-a-Car, Hertz and National Rent-a-Car all have desks here. While booking a car at the desk itself is a perfectly viable option, advance reservations are advised to ensure cheaper rates and to guarantee the vehicle of your choice.

Children

Babies: passengers with babies will find baby care facilities situated adjacent to the regular toilets in the Arrivals Hall and also in the Departures lounge. Meanwhile, there are unisex toilets both landside and airside which can be utilised by parents with young children.

Mothers and children: the airport’s eating establishments are all child-friendly and provide high chairs for toddlers as well as children’s menus. The airport’s range of shops offer children the opportunity to peruse toys, games, children’s books and confectionery, while parents can opt to make purchases which will further occupy and amuse their children during long waiting periods.

Destinations

The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.

Alghero Frankfurt Milan (Malpensa)
Alicante Galway Moscow (Domodedovo)
Amsterdam Geneva Murcia
Arrecife Hamburg New York (Newark)
Atlanta Helsinki Newquay
Barcelona Ibiza Nice
Belfast City Innsbruck Norwich
Belfast International Inverness Nottingham East Midlands
Billund Jersey Palma
Birmingham Kirkwall Paris (Charles De Gaulle)
Bodrum Larnaca Prague
Bologna Las Palmas Pula
Bourgas Leeds Bradford Rome (Fiumicino)
Bristol Lerwick Southampton
Brussels London City Stockholm (Arlanda)
Cardiff London Gatwick Stornoway
Cologne (Bonn) London Heathrow Tenerife Sur
Copenhagen London Luton Toronto
Cork London Stansted Varna
Dalaman Madrid Verona (Brescia)
Dublin Mahon Warsaw
Exeter Malaga Wick
Faro Manchester

Directions

Situated only eight miles from the city, Edinburgh Airport is served by a convenient road network which makes for easy access. The main A8 road runs directly past the airport, while the M8 and M9 motorways also run within close proximity of the facility.

From the north: take the A90 until it joins the M9, then follow the M9 south to the Newbridge exit. From the Newbridge exit, take the A8 before heading north on Eastfield road for the airport.

From the south: take the M74 on a heading for Glasgow until you meet the M8. Follow the M8 east until the Newbridge exit. From the Newbridge exit, take the A8 before heading north on Eastfield road for the airport.

From the east: take the A720 past Edinburgh until it connects with the A8. Follow the A8 west towards the M9 before heading north along Eastfield road to the airport.

From the west: take the M9 motorway east, exiting onto the A8 at the Newbridge exit. Follow the A8 to Eastfield road, which leads directly to the airport.

Facilities

Edinburgh Airport has ample facilities to meet the needs of the seven million annual passengers that arrive and depart at the airport. All essential services are on hand and passengers will find their financial, dining, shopping and relaxation needs are more than adequately met. Duty-free shopping options are plentiful and basic business facilities are on hand for business travellers.

Money: both ATMs and bureaux de change counters can be found on the ground and first floors of the terminal. Passengers wishing to conduct business transactions will find facilities on hand at the executive lounges of British Airways, British Midland and Servisair.

Services: a first-aid room is on hand for passengers with medical needs, while parents will find baby-changing rooms available on both levels. A left luggage counter is also available.

Smoking: smoking is not permitted anywhere in Edinburgh Airport since the introduction of new smoking legislation in March 2006.

Hotels

Edinburgh International Airport is well served by a good selection of hotels including one which is situated within the airport grounds as well as a handful of others within a short driving distance of the facility. Standards at local hotels are generally high and while rooms from hotel to hotel differ, all offer standard facilities.

Quality Hotel (four star)
Just a two-minute drive from the airport and a 20-minute drive from the city, the Quality Hotel provides rooms with en-suite, work desk, telephone, modem link, wireless internet access, colour television, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Scottish or continental breakfast is available at the hotel restaurant.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Edinburgh Marriot (four star)
Located just two miles from the airport, the Edinburgh Marriot is modern facility with room facilities including colour TV, telephone, modem point, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, and an iron with ironing board. Within the hotel are a pool, fitness room, sauna, steam room, solarium and restaurant. Scottish breakfast is included in the cost of the room.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Hilton Airport Hotel (four star)
Located within the airport grounds and connected with the airport by a shuttle bus service, rooms at the Hilton offer all standard facilities and many are equipped with high-speed internet access, Sony PlayStations and 25 inch colour TVs. The hotel’s facilities include a fitness room, pool and solarium as well as a playground for children. Breakfast is not included in the room price.
Check in: 16:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online

Edinburgh Capital Hotel (three star)
A short ride from the airport, this hotel offers 111 rooms featuring en-suite bathroom, cable / satellite TV, hairdryer, internet access, modem/data port connection, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include a sauna, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, business centre and restaurant. Scottish breakfast is included in the price of the room.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online

Information

Edinburgh Airport offers a varied and skilled workforce, which includes personnel trained in all appropriate departments such as information, first-aid and security. Passengers seeking information will find both an information desk and the Edinburgh Tourist Board desk located in Zone D of the International Arrivals Hall.

Parking

Parking is available in a number of different car parks at Edinburgh Airport, with options for those wishing to leave their cars for both short and long periods. Pre-booking is an option for those who need a guaranteed space, otherwise drivers can just take a ticket on entry and pay at the car parks pay stations. Designated spaces for disabled drivers are also available.

Short term: a multi-storey facility with spaces for 2,000 vehicles spread across five levels is situated close to the terminal building. One section of the car park is dedicated to stays of less than two hours, while the rest of the car park is for stays longer than two hours. A nearby outdoor uncovered facility also offers short-term parking.

Long term: drivers wishing to leave their vehicles for periods of four days or over can use the airport’s long-stay facility, which is situated away from the terminal and connected by a free shuttle bus. For periods of less than four days, the multi-storey facility is appropriate.

Special needs: holders of valid disabled persons’ badges can make use of spaces designated for disabled drivers in all of the airport’s car parks. A porter service is also available on request.

Shops & Eating

Restaurants and bars: passengers will find a good selection of eating and drinking establishments at Edinburgh Airport, with the greatest concentration situated on the first floor of the facility. Besides the Granada Food Village, passengers will also find a JD Wetherspoon, Jenners, Franklins of Boston, Burger King and the Village Grill.

Convenience items: convenience items and last minute purchases can be made at a variety of stores located in the airport such as Boots, Jenners and Rolling Luggage.

Duty free shopping: the airport has a good selection of shopping outlets which offer both duty-paid and duty-free goods. Duty-free shops can be found on the airside of the Departures level and offer a wide range of products including tobacco, wines and spirits, perfumes and electronic goods.

Shops:

Terminal 1

Before Security
Accessorize Open – 06:00 – 20:00, daily
Books etc Open – Mon-Fri 05:30 – 20:30, Sat 05:30 – 19:00, Sun 07:00 – 20:30
Boots Open – Mon-Fri 05:30 – 21:00, Sat 05:30 – 18:00, Sun 07:00 – 21:00 (pharmacy open until 19:00)
Impulse Open – Mon-Fri 06:00 – 20:00, Sat 08:00 – 18:00, Sun 08:00 – 20:00
Jenners Open – Mon-Fri 07:00 – 19:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 – 19:00
Naturally Cashmere Open – 07:00 – 20:00, daily
Rolling Luggage Open – Mon-Fri 07:00 – 20:00, Sat 08:00 – 18:00, Sun 08:00 – 19:00
After Security
Best of the Best Supercars Open – daily from the first to the last flight
Dixons Tax Free Open – Mon-Fri 06:00 – 21:00 Sat, Sun 07:00 – 19:00

Special Needs

Edinburgh International Airport conforms to European Union standards with regards to facilities for passengers with special needs. Disabled visitors will find easy access to all areas as well as ample provision made for those with visual and audio impairments. Designated parking spaces are also available.

The terminal is designed so that all areas are accessible to wheelchair users and this is achieved via the use of both ramps and lifts which are capable of accommodating wheelchairs. Reserved seating areas in which disabled passengers take priority can be found in various locations on both the ground and the first floors of the facility. Extra assistance is available by contacting the airport prior to your arrival.

For passengers with hearing impairments, the airport has an induction loop system which allows for the amplification of airport announcements, ensuring that such passengers are able to follow the progress of their flight. The airport has public telephones fitted with induction couplers which raise the volume, assisting those with hearing aids; text phones are also available. In addition, airport staff with sign language skills are on hand.

For the visually impaired, the airport’s signage system employs black lettering on yellow backgrounds. Blind passengers can request extra assistance from airport staff or their specific airline by calling ahead of their arrival.

Stopover Guide

Famed for its yearly arts festival, Scotland’s capital is a city that combines modern facilities with historic sights and typical Scottish traditions. Sights such as the Edinburgh Castle top the list of the city’s landmarks, while the nearby Royal Mile makes it onto the list of best places to shop. The Edinburgh Festival in August is undoubtedly one of the city’s greatest draw cards, attracting thousands of visitors who come to appreciate the fine displays of music, comedy, drama and dance.

Attractions:

• Edinburgh Castle is a major landmark and one of the city’s most popular attractions. Views of the city are magnificent from aloft this 1,200-year-old construction.
• The Royal Mile takes in Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High street, Canongate and Abbey Strand, before finishing at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
• The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre offers visitors an insight into the history and continuing legacy of one of the country’s most popular alcoholic beverages.
• The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a good choice for a rainy day, offering works in a large number of media by an equally large number of artists.
• The annual Edinburgh Festival is a highlight on the city’s calendar and it attracts visitors from all over the world with its mix of live entertainment.

Eating and shopping: good restaurants can be found throughout the city and there isn’t any one area noted for eating out. The city’s drinking scene is thriving and popular drinking areas worthy of mention include Rose street, Grassmarket and the West End. Among the city’s trendiest drinking establishments are Brass Monkey, on Drummond street, and the Bow Bar, on West Bow. Shops are located throughout the city however the Royal Mile is home to a particularly good selection.

Day trips and tours: within driving distance of the city, Dalkeith Country Park is a great place to head for a daytrip. Acres of scenic woodland make for hours of pleasant rambling, while the estate’s architectural sights are also worthy of discovering. For kids, the park features an adventure playground that promises hours of fun with its rope swings, slides and other rides.

An hour’s drive from Edinburgh brings you to Stirling, a town that epitomises all that is considered typical of historical Scotland. A fine castle is the Stirling’s centrepiece, which sits majestically above the old town. The William Wallace monument is also a noteworthy landmark and can be seen from all over the town, reminding residents and visitors alike of one of Scotland’s most famous warriors.

Terminals

Handling more than seven million annual passengers, Edinburgh Airport is a busy facility, conveniently located just eight miles from the centre of Edinburgh. The airport provides an essential connection between London and Scotland’s capital city and it handles some 128 daily flights between the two cities. Edinburgh Airport operates a single terminal, at which a large number of airlines are based.

Terminal 1: the airport’s only terminal deals with all incoming and outgoing flights to regional, domestic and international destinations. Arrivals are located on the ground floor of the facility and Departures on the first floor.

Transport

Edinburgh Airport benefits from excellent ground transfer connections to both the city centre and national rail links. Shuttles, public buses and taxis are all on offer from the airport, while trains are available from the city.

Rail and metro: the airport has no dedicated train station of its own; however, both Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverly stations in the city can be easily accessed via bus or taxi and provide onward connections to regional and national destinations.

Shuttles and buses: shuttle buses serving a number of hotels such as the Marriot Dalmahoy Hotel and The Quality Hotel operate from Bay 3 and Bay 6, outside of the terminal building. Meanwhile, public buses connect the airport with the central Edinburgh bus terminus and Haymarket Station. Services operate at 15-minute intervals at busy periods and every 30 to 60 minutes at all other times.

Taxi and limo: a taxi rank can be found outside the UK Arrivals Hall, adjacent to the coach park. Journeys to the centre of Edinburgh take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

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