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Manchester to Edinburgh

A melting pot of cultural delights, Scotland’s capital is a must-see city. Edinburgh’s beauty comes in the form of grand Gothic architecture, tranquil green spaces and narrow lanes that just beg to be explored. Little wonder then that it has inspired countless authors, artists and poets over the centuries. Whether you’re visiting on flights from Manchester for business or leisure, one thing is certain – you’ll never tire of Edinburgh.

For the latest information on our flight schedules from Manchester (MAN) to Edinburgh (EDI), take a look at our Flybe timetable page for this route, and for the return journey visit the Edinburgh to Manchester page.

Use the sections below for tips and guidance about your trip from Manchester to Edinburgh, and if you're in a hurry, take advantage of our 'Jump to' list.

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Getting to Manchester Airport

Getting to Manchester Airport for your flight to Edinburgh with Flybe is easy, as the airport is well situated with great transport links from the city centre and plenty of on-site parking. For full details, visit our Getting to Manchester Airport page.

Manchester Airport


Manchester Airport Departures

At a glance:

  • Short stay and long stay car parking
    Book in advance via Flybe.com or book now
  • Public transport
    Bus, train, coach and tram links to the airport station
  • 1 hour of free WiFi throughout
  • Bookable Fast Track Security
  • Bookable Escape Lounge
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Shopping including Duty Free

For more detailed information, visit our dedicated Manchester Airport information page.

Check-in and bag drop at Manchester Airport

Before your flight from Manchester to Edinburgh, we recommend you check-in online wherever possible. If you are unable to do so, you can check-in and collect your boarding pass at the airport free of charge. Read more about the check-in options available by airport.

Terminal 3 - Facilities before Security

  • Newsagents
  • Cafés

Terminal 3 - Facilities after Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Escape Lounge

Retailers:

  • Duty Free
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Audio, electrical and music
  • Health and beauty
  • Newsagents

Edinburgh Airport Arrivals

At a glance:

  • 8 miles from city centre
    30 minutes' drive to city centre in normal traffic
  • Public transport
    Buses and trams run to/from the airport.
    No direct train service runs to/from the airport.
  • Taxi stand
  • Car hire
    Book now through our preferred partners Avis or Budget
  • Free WiFi up to 2 hours
  • Cafés and restaurants
    In Arrivals area
  • Newsagents and bureau de change
    In Arrivals area

To find out more, visit our dedicated flights to Edinburgh page and browse other available routes.

Visiting Edinburgh

Whether your flight to Edinburgh is for business or enjoying a weekend away, this cosmopolitan city has so much to offer. Below are inspirational tips on the best hotels, attractions, bars and restaurants in Edinburgh, to help make your visit a memorable one.

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Hotels in Edinburgh

Flybe works in partnership with Booking.com to make it even easier to help you find the perfect hotel in Edinburgh. Whether you're travelling on a shoestring, sticking to a business budget or looking for a little luxury, there is accommodation in Edinburgh to suit every type of traveller.

Things to see in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s cultural scene is second to none, with a rich history in art, poetry and literature. Flying from Manchester to Edinburgh on business? You don’t need a lot of time to squeeze in some of Edinburgh’s cultural delights. And the city won't disappoint when it comes to eating and drinking either.

Flybe recommends...

The Old Town
The best starting point for your Edinburgh adventure, the Old Town’s medieval network of narrow lanes is home to many of the city’s most iconic sights, including Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh Castle
A dominant feature of the city’s skyline, with a pivotal role in Scottish history. The castle is one of Edinburgh’s most atmospheric and fascinating attractions and well worth a visit.

Scotch Whisky Experience
Multimedia exhibits describe the journey of whisky from barley to bottle. Sights, sounds, smells and all-important tastings of the world's largest malt whisky collection make for a fascinating and fun experience.

Bars and restaurants in Edinburgh

Every appetite, taste and budget is catered for by Edinburgh’s outstanding eating and drinking scene. And there are many hidden gems to be discovered.

Flybe recommends...

The Kitchin

Michelin-starred, elegant, yet unpretentious, this Edinburgh gem serves up modern British seasonal cuisine using ingredients from Scotland’s incredible natural larder.

Ondine
Scotland is famous for its seafood and there’s no better place to sample it than at Ondine, where they serve sustainably sourced seafood in a relaxed atmosphere.

Dragonfly
Perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail, this sophisticated chandelier-clad bar has won rave reviews for its cocktails and oriental style.

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Getting more from your trip to Edinburgh

Whether you’re into shopping, golfing, clubbing or hiking, Edinburgh has something suit everyone. Just wandering around the city is a delightful way to spend your downtime, but there are plenty of things to see and do for every type of visitor.

If you have time to spare after your flight to Edinburgh from Manchester, venturing out to the beautiful Lothian countryside is well worth it. You won’t need to travel far to find breathtaking scenery.

Flybe recommends...

Shopping

  • Helen Bateman is a handmade shoe paradise where you can buy ready-made or order your very own design.
  • Princes St has high street stores and stunning views of the Old Town cityscape and Edinburgh castle.
  • Armstrong’s is the place to find vintage fashion and pre-loved Harris tweed and kilts.
Nightlife
  • Sandy Bell is a superb traditional pub hosting toe-tapping live music almost every night.
  • Roseleaf is a cute, chintzy bar serving real ales and cocktails in teapots.
  • Find an eclectic mix of DJs, comedy, theatre, and visual arts at the quirky Cabaret Voltaire.
Beyond the city
  • Tee off at one of six golf courses near Edinburgh, all a short drive from the city centre.
  • Breathe in the Scottish sea air on a stroll along Portobello's pretty beach.
  • Visit one of the many castles throughout the Lothian region.

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Doing business in Edinburgh

As the capital of Scotland, business in the city is thriving, particularly in the science and technology industries.

But it's also home to many start-up businesses, and Edinburgh Airport provides a vital connection to the city from across the UK.

Conference venues and meeting facilities

If your flight from Manchester to Edinburgh is for a conference, you’ll find lots of high quality and unique venues throughout the city to help you make an impression. If you’re planning something on a smaller scale, you’ll find a large range of meeting facilities for hire.

Flybe recommends…

Assembly Rooms

  • City centre location
  • Public transport links
  • State-of-the-art conference facilities
  • Single room capacity up to 750
  • Flexible layouts
  • Free wifi
  • IT and audio/visual support
  • Event management
  • In-house catering
  • Public car parking nearby.

Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue

  • City centre location
  • Public transport links
  • 16 meeting rooms for groups from 2-200
  • Free wifi
  • IT and audio/visual support
  • In-house catering
  • Public car parking nearby.

The Hub

  • City centre location
  • Public transport links
  • Meeting rooms for groups from 4-300
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Free wifi
  • In-house catering
  • Public car parking nearby.