“ Edinburgh Airport (IATA: EDI, ICAO: EGPH), (also called Turnhouse) located in Edinburgh, Scotland, is the eighth largest airport in the UK. It is located 8 statute miles (13 km) west of the city centre. Edinburgh Airport is owned by BAA plc, the company which also owns London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Glasgow International, Aberdeen and Southampton airports. The present terminal building, designed by Robert Matthew, was constructed in 1977 and has been upgraded in recent years, with new car parking facilities and an extended arrivals hall. A new control tower was completed in 2005. „
Edinburgh Airport is another airport where we spent several hours passing time. You might think I am a bit of a skinflint when I tell you that instead of booking into a hotel for the night we chose to stay overnight in this airport. Our flight from Krakow didn't arrive until after midnight so I thought it would be okay to get a few hours kip in the airport, get up early and wander around the city to take some photographs before catching our coach to Newcastle. I had checked hotel prices out before this trip to UK to see Bruce Springsteen in Sunderland and wasn't really happy about paying out £100 when we had already spent so much money on the previous trip to Shanghai and other costs relating to coming to UK. I also knew at that time of night a taxi would be involved so to keep costs down we decided our night's stay would be in this small and reasonably pleasant airport.
As soon as we had left the plane and stepped into Arrivals we decided to go to the area that is marked, 'Before Security' to have a look around for comfortable chairs; ones where we could lie down. We only had one rucksack so no heavy luggage to carry around. Caffè Nero was the first café I spotted and although the prices looked a bit steep for a coffee I was gagging for a drink. The seating area here was comfortable enough to sit and have a drink but not to go to sleep although on the other side of the café were some squashy leather chairs in bright red and long seating against a wall where you could stretch out if you needed too. It was nice to see a young Polish girl serving behind the counter too. It was just like being at home in Warsaw except the coffee prices were more expensive. People were sat in the red chairs so I spent the whole of the time watching their movements hoping that they would move on and leave the chairs to us. At this time around 1am there were only a handful of folks wandering around. Smoothie jazz music was playing softly which I didn't mind but I could see my husband was getting irritated as he's never been crazy about the singer out of Simply Red.
There are other food outlets on this floor but they weren't open, like EAT and the Turnhouse which is a Wetherspoons Bar and Restaurant. There were no signs of people leaving their comfy seats and the music by this time had started to jar my husband's nerves so off we went back to Arrivals to look for more seats. The only ones available that weren't connected to Costas and the like were the purple covered chairs lined up outside the baggage collection point. Desperate for a bit of shut eye we dumped the rucksack on the floor and tried to lie down. There was a small gale blowing through the area where the luggage conveyor belt was and it was cold especially to me as I had only just come back from the sweltering heat of China. At this point I felt a bit fed up being cold and tired; I wish we had booked a hotel room.
Other people were sleeping and some were snoring but I just found it impossible to sleep no matter how much I tried to get my legs into a resting position. After about 30 minutes squirming around, I wandered to the loos to have a wash and clean my teeth. The toilets here were basic and clean nothing to get over excited about. By the time I had refreshed, my husband had woken up wearing a very grumpy face.
I think you can guess what we did next. Yes, that's right, trundled upstairs again to see if those travellers had vacated the comfy chairs. No, they hadn't and by now this was getting ridiculous as we both needed to rest as a long week lay ahead.
Across from Caffè Nero there is another coffee shop which sells sandwiches, soup, juices and salads. I think it is called EAT. The café wasn't open, the serving area was boarded up and the chairs had been placed on top of the tables but there were free long seats against the wall. Already two people had lain down and were sleeping. We decided to join the club and give it a go. We both felt like a couple of tramps on the run but really didn't care. Slowly the music floated away and within seconds we were asleep until 5.30 am when a lady tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'I'm sorry but you will have to move now as I have to open up the shop.' Bleary eyed, I looked at her and apologised for sleeping in her café. She smiled. I roused my husband and the other two guys who were snoring their heads off. 5.30 am and the coach to Newcastle didn't leave until 10.30. I reckoned if we had a cup of coffee and another wander around it would take up another hour and then we could leave the airport to catch the bus to the city centre. Seeing that I had crashed out in this café I thought it was only polite to buy a drink and something to eat. I was surprised when the lady gave me a cup of coffee on the house. She said it was because I was her first customer but I think she must have felt sorry for me. Still, it was a nice gesture. The coffee was cheaper and tastier than in Caffè Nero and the sandwich selection was enticing although I didn't buy anything. My husband purchased a bottle of fresh orange juice and he said it was delicious.
Walking back down to Arrivals we saw that WH Smith had opened its doors so we went to buy cough sweets and a newspaper. I wasn't impressed with this store; it was pokey and cluttered and the assistant looked worse than I did. He must have been suffering from sleep deprivation too. I asked if there was a Boots chemist on this floor and he said that it was through on the other side. Seeing that we weren't departing from the airport I left it and went and sat down to read the paper. By this time the airport was getting busy, people were arriving to catch early morning flights to foreign climes, trolley assistants were delivering trolleys to form orderly queues near to luggage carousels and bustling cleaning supervisors were being bossy and ordering staff around to clean behind chairs. The lady in question even came to us and asked us to move so she could pick up the row of seats with a colleague to clean underneath. At this point I had had enough of Edinburgh Airport and decided to walk outside into the cold, brightly lit morning sun.
Directly in front of the doors was a sign for Airlink 100 buses. The early buses run every twenty minutes and others run every 10 minutes. There is an office here too where you buy the tickets before getting on the bus. Ticket prices cost £3.50 for a single ticket and £6 a return ticket. I was pleased when the bus arrived, it was a double decker and I wanted to sit upstairs at the front so I could get a good view. It's a nice journey to the centre and in a way you get a mini tour of Edinburgh thrown in. If you needed to catch a train you could catch the same bus to Waverley or Haymarket Stations.
How did I feel about staying overnight in Edinburgh Airport? I didn't enjoy the stay very much at all. The airport is only small and there aren't a lot of activities to keep you occupied unless you love eating and drinking. Only a couple of cafes were open early morning so this is something to bear in mind if you need to stay in the early hours. We couldn't find any lounge areas comfortable enough to sleep in so staying here for a long time is out of the question. I would probably fly to Edinburgh again if I had to but I definitely will book a hotel this time if I have to stay over.
Having been to a high volume of airports, edinburgh turnhouse is certainly not the worst on my list. It is a relatively small airport considering that it serves the capital and many of the surrounding areas. In the departure area there is a number of small shops including a bookshop and eateries before you reach the customs area where there is generally a very long queue (so please ensure you get there in plenty time for your flight!). Inside the departure area there are also a few small shops selling magazines, snacks and a very small range of duty free items, there are also a few bar areas for those needing to calm their nerves and a few cafe areas for those trying to stay awake!
On the domestic arrivals side of the airport there is also a large cafe area, great if you are awaiting a flight coming in! And another magazine store.
The travel to and from the airport is relatively easy with a good bus service and plenty parking and drop off zones however, if you are planning to travel to the airport around rush hour the traffic does become very heavy sometimes causing a delay of 20 minutes or more!
Having flown to and from many airports I have seen the really good and the really bad, I would place Edinburgh airport somewhere in the middle. It is an easy airport to get in and out of when travelling to and fro it by car with the sight exception of perhaps a half hour traffic build up at peak times the road in and out is a very good access road.
The airport itself is a fairly busy airport even though it is on the small well shall we say compact side. The staff at the airport has always been very friendly and ready to help any time I have flown from there (around 8 times now).
The Airport has never got too busy to cope in my experiences with them and I have never found myself to be stuck wandering round the airport with little or no idea as to what is happening with flights, which has happened to me on many occasion at the larger Glasgow airport.
The layout of the airport is very good and there are more than enough information screens to keep you informed about flights coming and going from the airport. Parking has always been ok at the airport but is even better now with the recent construction of a new multi story parking facility.
The cost of parking is reasonable too unless you are just dropping off or picking up as the short stay costs can be a bit over inflated.
Inside the airport you have all the usual facilities such as eateries and a good range of shops, some of the shops you will find there are Boots, Borders books and Tie rack. As for eateries and bars there is a airport cafe with greatly over inflated prices, a Costa coffee and a McDonalds or if you prefer something a bit stronger you could relax in the Turnhouse bar but again be prepared for the steep prices.
Checking in at the airport has always gone very smoothly for me probably due to the amount of screens and announcements that there is. I have always known what time and which gate I should be at once through check in and have never had any of the problems that I have had at other airports such as having your gate changed over and again or having to wait in huge check in lines because they have not got enough staff dealing with the flight.
The only bad point with Edinburgh airport is if you are leaving or arriving after 11 o clock be prepared to have to rely on the food and drink machines dotted around the place because everything pretty much closes down after 11.
I would give the airport a 9/10 and would recommend it to people looking for a nice and easy to use airport to fly from.
It is easy to get to Edinburgh airport and also easy to find your way around it. However, the duty free section is tiny and there are only a handful of shops so don't leave your presents until the last minute.
The easiest way to get to the airport is with the Airlink bus. It takes 25 minutes to get to the airport and there are buses every 10 minutes. It costs £5 for a return (£3 for a single). You can also get a taxi. The price varies from £15 - 20. http://www.flybybus.com/
If you decide to drive there is short and long stay parking.
The airport has recently had a £5 million refurbishment and now has a swish seafood bar in the departure lounge as well OMH Therapies, offering massages.
The airport is small but it is one of the most relaxing airports I have been to. I wouldn't like to be severely delayed though as there isn't much to occupy you!
Edinburgh airport is a cosy little airport in comparison to Heathrow and Gatwick and so one. Very hard to get lost in so is ideal for those with children. It also has lots of cafe's and shops to pass the time with as well and recently being refurbished so its nice, clean and new looking.
Edinburgh Airport is an easy airport to get to by car, bus and train. One thing to watch out for though is if travelling to and from the airport by car, avoid the times between 7am and 10am, and 3pm till 6pm, as the road connecting the airport to the outside world is at a traffic standstill between those times.
For those using a bus link to Edinburgh city centre 8 miles away should look for the bus "Airlink 100", this ive found gives the best service for a bargain price.
Its a nice quiet airport and id much rather use this one than any other Scottish airport.
Thank you for choosing Edinburgh airport for the interest of safety please ensure no baggage is left unattended. With recent events still in everyone's mind Edinburgh Airport now has armed police and bollards at the front of the terminal. I have flown from EDI airport before and after the recent events at our neighbouring airport in Glasgow.
===Getting to the airport===
From Edinburgh - Frequent low cost direct buses from the city centre (Waverly Bridge) - Taxi will cost approximately £30 from the city centre and if you choose to take the car you can expect to be stuck in traffic for approximately 30-40mins at peak times.
Airlink 100 is the bus that runs between Edinburgh airport and Waverley Bridge - Cost is £3.00 each way and the bus starts @ Edinburgh airport at 04.45hrs and runs every 10mins until approximately 01.00hrs
From Glasgow - Follow the M8 to Newbridge then take exit for Edinburgh airport -
Nearest Railway station is Edinburgh Waverley or Edinburgh Haymarket.
===Parking @ the airport===
Short stay car parks are available on a first come first served basic, I can say each and every time I have been to Edin airport I have never ever seen these car park full. You enter the car park and are issued tickets which will allow you to pay for your stay before you return to your car. It's very costly you use this car park and I would recommend that anyone needing to pick someone up keep circling until their family/friends are ready for collection. If my mind serves me correctly I was approximately £3.00 for less than 60 minutes in this car park. The car park has full complement of CCTV and you will also see many car park attendants walking around. This is a 24hrs car park
If you need to book your car in to any car park on a longer term I would recommend you using the NCP car park which is on the airport site, you can turn up on the day of your holiday and book your car in for the entire duration. The cost is £6.90 per day. Ok this is quite expensive in comparison to many other available, but takes this in to account, its directly opposite the airport terminal, there is no need to book it, 24hr CCTV, regular patrol and secure parking.
If your more healthier and choose to cycle to the airport you can be assured that EDI airport has provided a bicycle rack which has its own little shelter and is covered by 24hr CCTV. This is free and there is no requirement to book this facility.
===Inside the airport===
First impressions are good; it's very bright and spacious. Through the revolving door you go and what you have is many check in desks. Enough staff are visible and you can be assured that your safety/security is paramount to the security staff. The main terminal is very clean, lots of information points are dotted around the building.
===Shops and Bars=== this side of the fence (security)
I was surprised with what Edi airport has to offer before you head through to the departure lounge, If it's a drink of alcohol your looking for then you will have no hassle finding one in Turnhouse bar, expect to pay through the nose for your drinks as it's the last chance for you to be robbed before you go through security. The bar is very roomy and all you can really hear is a mixture of languages saying there last goodbyes. Staffs are very professional and helpful to all.
Other shops before security are Boots, Costa, Borders Books, Accessorize, and Tie Rack
Like many airports EDI has many screens skilfully placed around the airport which allow us the passenger to view relevant information on our departure. In addition to these you can expect to hear vocal announcements every so often leading up to your departure. These announcements are easily heard and understood in all areas of the airport.
Time to stand in the dreaded queue to wait to be checked in, this is where I feel EDI airport fails just like many other UK airports they announce that the flight xx to Tenerife is now ready to check in please make your way to check in desk 7-8. Now at this point all hell breaks's lose and people are scrambling to get first in the queue. Other passengers' then try to squeeze in to the line just to get a few places in front. In all this panic and confusion EDI staff just sits and look pretty and of course take their time to check in passengers. Eventually when I get to the check in desk there is what looks like an art work gone wrong, come on do we really expect these ladies to wear all that makeup? No we don't anyway back to the check in process, the member of staff asks for all the passports and the promptly asks for all luggage to be placed on the belt. Not even taking the weights in to consideration she just gives us the check in booklet back and tells us to watch the screens for further information.
*Recommendations - Please ensure that adequate number of check in staff on at peak times
We are now luggage free and now it's time to make our way to security, for some reason this always frighten me for some reason.
Security is the airport is at the highest it has ever been and all I can say is well done to the staff that provides us with the security cover.
We made our way to security to waited very patiently in the surprisingly calm queue, it's amazing how you can hear fear and looking round the room you can see that people hate this part of the holiday. I have nothing to hide and I step forward,
"Please empty your pockets and place your belongings in the tray"
All my belonging where soon visible to the entire hall -
Walk this way ------ "Oh god please do not bleep"
Thank you Sir enjoy your holiday
Through security and now in to the departure lounge - Oh this hotel is so close now.
Ladies behave and sit down, I so wish I could say that too Mrs P. This is the part Mrs loves as you now have your first injection of Duty free shopping, a large selection of perfumes, wines, spirirts, cigarettes, confectionary, sandwiches and much more. Ladies and Gents please remember you will require your boarding pass to purchase goods here.
Once again you have the opportunity to sit and relax in the Costa coffee shops and sample some authentic Italian coffee or enjoy a freshly made sandwich.
If electrical goods are for you then why not visit Dixon's Tax free shop, offering a wide selection of the latest gadgets and gizmos.
Cafe Nero is where I head to the relaxed atmosphere is just fantastic, it's calm and allows you to sit and reflect over whatever you like whilst you drink your desired coffee.
Eat is the other shop/sandwich are where I tend to head too as I feel they cater well for all my needs, I am very fussy when it comes to foods, No mayo, No salt, No butter and without fail this shop can make me a fresh sandwich to my needs.
Overall I am very happy with Edinburgh Airport; it has come along way in the past 10 years. The [place is very clean and modern looking and I am confident that Edinburgh airport will continue to serve the travel industry very well. I love the fact that EDI airport is suitable for disabled people at all levels, all doors are wide enough and there are plenty of staff on standby willing to assist.
Facts - Edinburgh airport seen over 9 million passengers through their doors last year - Those passengers flown with one of the 40 airlines to over 100 destinations.
Edinburgh Airport general enquiries
Tel +44 (0)870 040 0007
Edinburgh lost property
Tel +44 (0)131 344 3486
Tel +44 (0)870 040 0007
Tel 0870 850 2825
or +44 (0)121 410 5228 (outside the UK)
BAA Travel Shop
(Book flights and hotels)
Tel: +44 (0)870 273 5248 (Sales only)
Tel 0500 844 844 (UK )
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All to often, flying anywhere from Scotland means using Glasgow or Prestwick Airport - the latter particularly when using Ryanair. This can be a pain if you live in the East of the country as I do. It's particularly galling when planes are constantly flying directly overhead to and from Edinburgh Airport which is only 6-7 miles from my house. So, when I saw an offer from flyglobespan.com, a new low-cost operator, for scheduled flights to Barcelona for less than £100 return, I booked up quicker than a greyhound passing a Korean restaurant. * The Past * The present Edinburgh Airport was opened by Queen Elizabeth I/II, in 1977. The airfield that was to become Edinburgh Airport was the site of a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome. In 1915, the aerodrome was placed adjacent to the main East Coast railway line so that aircraft could be transported in crates by rail, assembled on-site, and sent straight into action from the grass strip. It later became known as RAF Turnhouse and for many years was run by the Ministry of Defence before the Ministry of Aviation assumed control in 1960. The first shuttle service linking Edinburgh with London 'took off' in 1947. It was operated by British European Airways. Edinburgh Airport was taken over by BAA plc in 1971. BAA also own Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, and Aberdeen airports. * The Present * Edinburgh is Scotland's fastest growing airport with around 6.5 million passengers using the airport in the last year, flying to 55 destinations. The airport recently underwent a £100 million investment program to extend and upgrade terminal facilities. The airport has a modern terminal building, two main runways and a large cargo operation. * How to get there * Edinburgh Airport lies on the western fringe of Scotland's capital, about 7 miles from the city centre, and within a mile of the Newbridge juncti
on where the M8 to Glasgow and the M9 to Stirling and the Forth Road Bridge meet with the A8 trunk road. By Road -- From Edinburgh take the A8 past the Gyle roundabout and follow signs to the airport. From Glasgow take the M8 to Junction 2, then take the M9 north to Junction 1 (the Newbridge roundabout), then follow the A8. Short and long term car parks are available and there are numerous car hire options in the terminal. By Rail -- The nearest railway station is Edinburgh Waverley and trains run to and from Waverley to the rest of the UK. Buses run from Waverley Bridge (next to the train station) to the terminal building. There are plans to build spur link right to the main terminal but work hasn't started yet. The new Edinburgh Tramway will also run directly past the terminal. By Bus -- There is an express bus service to/from Waverley Bridge in the city centre (number 100) which operates 24/7 at 10 minute intervals during the day, and half-hourly at night. The ticket cost is £3.40 single, £5.00 return. You can also fly there... * Shopping * Nowadays, airports are not just places to hop onboard a plane, oh no. They're also great places to offload some of that surplus cash you may be carrying around with you. These days airports are more like a shopping mall than a transport hub. Edinburgh is no exception but don't go there expecting Schipol's array of consumer-related opportunities - it's not quite the Mall of America. Among others, there are branches of Boots, Tie Rack, Thorntons and Dixons as well as a small outlet for Jenners - Scotland's premier department store. * Eating Drinking * Ubiquitous coffee shops abound, in particular Costa, and there is the Granada Food village, which features: La Brioche Doree, Burger King, Franklins of Boston and Village Grill. There's also a JD Wetherspoons. After security, there's ano
ther couple of Costas and two Wetherspoons outlets. * Hotels * The Edinburgh airport Hilton Hotel is a few hundred metres from the terminal. It has 134 rooms, restaurant, conference facilities and a full leisure centre. The Quality Hotel is a little further away at around 800m distant. * Destinations ? It's possible to fly to most, if not all of the UK's major airports from Edinburgh, as well as: Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Billund, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen. Cork, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Faro, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Lyon, Madrid, Malaga, Milan, Munich, Nice, Palma, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shannon, Tenerife, Toulouse and Venice. There are rumours that, as Edinburgh is growing faster than Glasgow, that soon it will become Scotland's transatlantic gateway, but we'll have to wait and see. * My Experience * Edinburgh Airport is very convenient for me so when I get the chance to fly from it, I don't hesitate. It's possible for me to get a taxi directly from my house, which means no exorbitant parking fees - although it does mean exorbitant taxi fares (around £20 each way). Fortunately for me, but not so lucky for her, my mother lives only about a mile from the airport (you can see the pilot's face as the plane scrapes the rooftops), so I can park my car there and take a short hop in a taxi for a couple of quid. The last time I used the airport was in June '03, flying to Barcelona. We arrived at the airport in plenty of time to check in and place our luggage in the safe and competent hands of those wonderfully gentle, baggage handlers. This left us an hour or so to wander around and grab a bite to eat. Inside the terminal building is pretty much the same as any airport - anywhere, although having recently undergone a substantial refurbishment, Edinburgh is quite clean and fresh-looking. It's not a big air
port so it's pretty hard to get lost - not matter how hard you try. One thing I like here is the view from the upper concourse (where most of the shopping and eating facilities are) - there's a lovely panorama taking in almost all of the Pentland Hills - it makes you wonder why you'd want to leave. But we did leave, and we spent a fun-filled fortnight in sunny Spain before returning from the melee of Barcelona to the restrained efficiency of Edinburgh. It's an easy airport to arrive in as well as it isn't too crowded (at least anytime I've used it) and you can grab a taxi and be on your way fairly quickly. For me, that means being back in my house within about 30 minutes of touchdown...if they don't lose my luggage....and HM Customs don't decide that I look suspiciously like a smuggler/terrorist/harassed British citizen....and my car starts....and the traffic's not too bad....and I don't stop off for some 'fast' food....and I haven't lost my house-key.... So, would I recommend Edinburgh Airport? - The answer is a resounding YES. But only, and I must stress ONLY, if you're planning on flying! Thanks for reading ©proxam2003
Edinburgh Airport has improved a lot. It has plenty of shops and things before boarding their plane, also there are lots of restaurants to eat at . There are your trolleys as usual to carry luggage about or you even put it on the plane when it's time. One thing that's been changed which I liked was how you used to be able to sit in the restaurant and watch planes take off now you don't get that. The waiting room is quite big, with the screens so you can see when planes are arriving and departing. Now to get on your plane sometimes you have to take a long walk to get to it through the little tunnel or if you're lucky you can go through the passage and go right onto your plane. When you come back or are getting there if you are here on holiday and going back there are taxis you can get from thtown. The taxis from town in the morning will cost around £13 but in busy times about £20. If you are going to a hotel from the airport there are airport buses and taxis about so you can get to where you're wanting. If you have your own car it is well sign posted to get to the airport from the city bypass or town.
The rebuilding is complete and the whole new terminal is open. A great improvement on the old one. There is a better range of shops. The Boots branch is particularly useful and does cheaper and better sanwiches than anywhere else in the airport. Jenners is a good place for last minute purchases for foreign visitors. Not always cheap but good quality. The departure lounge is large and can involve a long walk so allow time esp if you are not as young as you used to be. Catering facilities can get overwhelmed if there are delayed flights or in the early morning rush. There are NO smoking facilities except at the main bar. Taxis. Airport and City cabs have now been brought under one system. Typical fare to the centre of Edinburgh is £15.00 The bus is better value if you are on your own. £3.50 single £5.00 return. It stops at Haymarket and Waverley stations. From there trains run ever 15 minutes to Glasgow taking about 1 hour and there are trains to other destinations. Taxis and buses take about 15 minutes to the town centre. Buses run about every 8 minutes. There is more off airport car parking than before and it is the cheaper option. Flights. Whilst people moan about the lack of direct services to the USA / Far East etc there are very good connections through Heathrow / Schipol / Paris / Brussels / Frankfurt and for the US through Dublin. It is always worth loking at the less obvious routes as there are some good bargains to be had. I got a great deal Edi to Dublin to Boston with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport was a lot less hasle than Heathrow. Both GO and EASY JET have expanded their services from Edinburgh with Easy Jet doing Luton and Amsterdam and GO doing Stanstead Belfast and Bristol. Baggage Tip. If you are coming from outside the EU via another UK airport your bags are meant to go on BELT 6 so don't join the throng round belt 5 just because it says Heathrow and that's where you last flew from.
Edinburgh airport is currently undergoing some major changes (£16million worth I believe), so far the domestic departures and arrivals section has been completed with the international equivalents being completed next year. Inevitably this means that it is not at it's best at the moment, international arrivals is especially dingy, however those areas that are complete are much better than they used to be - the check in hall is a single large area and the shops are much improved. However you and your kids won't be able to watch planes land/take off as the viewing area has disappeared (at least for the moment). Airside things are bit ropey during the works and navigating around this area can be a bit confusing - just follow your fellow passengers and hope they know where they are going! Thankfully there are still announcements to help you not miss your flight. Parking at the airport has also changed with three categories of car park - 1 hour, short stay (good for a couple of days) and a new long stay (some distance away but a regular bus service runs to the terminal). I personally find the new layout much more confusing than the old one, you have to pay at a machine and then have a limited amount of time to get your car to the exit - most confusing. If you don't drive there are regular bus services to the city centre that will stop at the major hotels (£3.50 each way). Taxis are a bit strange in that city Black cabs are allowed to drop off but not pick up at the airport so you have to use an Airport Taxi, but I believe this is under review - a taxi will cost about £15 to the City Centre. Coming soon will be new Rapid Transit system to take you straight to the city, but this is still a couple of years away. Hopefully once these improvements are complete a wider range of flights will be available from Edinburgh, right now most of the traffic is domestic and Glasgow handles most of the international traffic, however this is sl
owly changing with a fair range of european flights now available. See www.baa.co.uk for more info.
Edinburgh Airport is located 11 miles west of the city. There is an Edinburgh tourist information desk in the arrivals hall. Plenty of taxis are available outside the terminal. Note that the taxis at Edinburgh Airport are not the large black cabs you usually see in places like London, but are standard cars, as required by a local law. Fare to central Edinburgh is metered and will cost about £13. Travel time is about 25 minutes; longer during the rush hours. Lothian Region Transport and Guide Friday buses leave the terminal every 15 to 30 minutes for Waverly Bridge in the centre of Edinburgh, above Waverly Rail Station. The fare is £3, with a travel time of 25 to 40 minutes. Trains run from the Waverly Station to Glasgow and other destinations in England and Scotland.
Edinburgh aiport provides great access to cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, and a host of other "main" European destinations. However as yet it lacks long haul flights, other than the occasional charter. This means that if you want to get anywhere further than Europe, your only option is to either travel to Glasgow, or take a connecting flight to London, Paris or Amsterdam, before catching your longhaul flight. This adds quite a bit of time onto your journey, and is especially gauling if the transatlantic flight from Heathrow promptly flys you back up the country to take the North Atlantic flight path! However it does have the benefit that you can check in for your international flight hours before anyone else - and pick your seat! I'd echo urljunkie's comments re getting to the airport, but there is a fast dedicated bus every 10 minutes, which takes approximately 20 - 25 minutes to get to the city centre. It may not be the heathrow express, but its cheaper than a taxi!
Edinburgh airport is slowly improving. Despite being the airport of Scotland's capital city Edinburgh is not that large. It looks just like every other small BAA airport and has the same range of shops. This is slowly starting to change however, Jenners (Edinburgh's version of Harrods) has just opened a small shop there selling food, and the airport is being expanded. The main problem with Edinburgh though is the access. Despite the train track running right past the runway, there is no station. You have to go all the way into Edinburgh and get the bus out. The council is in the process of starting to build a rapid transit bus route out to the airport, but this will not solve the problem. If BAA, Railtrack, Scotrail and the council got together they could easily sort out a way of building a station so that passengers from outside the city can get to the station easily. Unforunately this does not seem to be of any importance to anyone. So although the airport in itself is OK the transport to and from it is a bit poor, particulary if you are comming from outside Edinburgh.