London Heathrow to Edinburgh

Charmingly quirky and unforgettably friendly, Scotland's capital of Edinburgh is as scenic as it is historic, and it's also an ever-growing powerhouse of business and culture. Whether you're taking a flight from London Heathrow to Edinburgh for an important conference or a well-earned break to explore this hilly city, you'll be dazzled by regal Edinburgh and find something to surprise you around every corner. Cosy Scottish pubs, inviting independent restaurants and quirky boutiques line the cobbled streets, and you're never far from a famous landmark for a photo opportunity. If Edinburgh isn't your final destination, from Edinburgh Airport you can fly on to a host of worldwide locations that include Abu Dhabi, Milan, New York, Prague, Cancun and Toronto.

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

For tips and guidance about your trip from London Heathrow to Aberdeen, see our sections below. In a hurry? Then use the list below to fast-forward to the information you need.

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Getting to London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Getting to London Heathrow for your flight with Flybe to Edinburgh couldn't be easier. Only 15 miles from central London, Heathrow is easy to find to the west, with excellent public transport links, ample parking at all terminals and even hotels on site. For full details, visit our Getting to London Heathrow Airport page.

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London Heathrow Airport Departures

At a glance:

  • Short stay, long stay and Business parking
  • Book in advance via Flybe.com or book now
  • Public transport
  • Bus, coach, train and Underground links from in and around central London
  • Free WiFi throughout each Terminal
  • Fast Track services for eligible passengers
  • Bookable airport lounges, bedrooms and spa
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Premium and designer shopping and Duty Free

For more detailed information, visit our dedicated London Heathrow Airport information page.

Check-in and bag drop at London Heathrow

To save time at the airport, we suggest that you check-in online before your flight from London Heathrow to Edinburgh wherever possible. However, you can also check-in and collect your boarding pass at the airport, free of charge. Read more here about the check-in options available by airport.

Terminal 2 - Facilities before Security

  • Café and restaurant
  • Excess Baggage Company

Terminal 2 - Facilities after Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Plaza Premium Lounge

Retailers:

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

Did You Know?

Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport is also known as 'The Queen's Terminal', as it was officially opened by The Queen on 23rd June 2014. It replaced the very first passenger building at London Heathrow, which was also opened by The Queen in 1955.

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Edinburgh Airport Arrivals

At a glance:

  • 8 miles to Edinburgh city centre
  • Under 30 minutes drive in normal traffic
  • Public transport
  • Buses and trams run to/ from Edinburgh city centre
  • Taxi stand
  • Car hire
  • Book now through our preferred partners Avis or Budget
  • Free WiFi throughout the airport
  • Café
    In Arrivals area

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

Visiting Edinburgh

With such a rich history and culture to soak up during your trip, you'll want to be at the heart of the action after arriving on your flight to Edinburgh. Luckily it's easy to get around the city on foot, so you're never far away from its best restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife - which is the real gem in Edinburgh's crown!

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Hotels

Flybe works in partnership with Booking.com to make it even easier for you to find the perfect hotel in Edinburgh. From luxurious hotels overlooking the city's best scenery to quirky boutique hotels that are budget-friendly to boot, there is accommodation in Edinburgh city centre for every kind of visitor.

Things to see

You're in for a treat if you visit Edinburgh during one of its many festivals, including the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy and arts festival, but no matter when you time your visit you'll always find so much to see and do around the city. From exploring the shops of the Royal Mile and the Old Town to roaming around one of its many historic landmarks, and of course taking in its unstoppable nightlife, it won't take you long to fall in love with Edinburgh.

Flybe recommends...

Mary King's Close

There's a whole other side to Edinburgh to discover - and it's right beneath your feet. Take a guided tour of Mary King's Close, a maze of subterranean streets built under the Royal Mile in the 17th century.

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting proudly above the city, Edinburgh Castle cannot be missed during your trip. Free guides are on hand to help you find your way within the walls, and don't forget your camera for the many photo opportunities.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe attracts thousands upon thousands of people to the city every summer. Spanning almost a month, you've plenty of opportunity to be part of it.

Bars and Restaurants

Whether you'd like to sample fine Scottish fayre, grab a quick bite for lunch or treat colleagues or clients to drinks and dinner, Edinburgh has an exceptional choice of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from.

Flybe recommends...

The Elephant House

The cafe where J.K. Rowling famously spent time writing many of her early novels, you too will feel inspired by The Elephant House coffee house and restaurant with its views of Edinburgh Castle.

The Kitchin

Tom Kitchin's Michelin-starred restaurant in Edinburgh has an enviable location on its waterfront, and a la carte and tasting menus crafted with the finest Scottish produce, and inspired by French cuisine.

Scotch at The Balmoral Hotel

When in Scotland, one must drink Scotch - and the Scotch Whisky Bar at The Balmoral Hotel is the place to do just that. Over 500+ varieties of Scotch are on offer, and the staff know every single one too.

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Getting more from your trip to Edinburgh

If you've spare time to spend on your trip to Edinburgh from London Heathrow Airport, the city is happy to provide plenty of ways to fill it! From high street and boutique shopping to day trips to Scotch whisky distilleries, and of course endless evening entertainment options, you can make the most of every minute in Edinburgh.

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Shopping

  • The Royal Mile is lined with authentic Scottish tartan, kilt and gift shops for unique souvenirs
  • The Old Town is where you'll find a host of quirky independent shops for something different
  • Princes Street has all the top high street brands, plus a breathtaking view of Edinburgh Castle

Nightlife

  • Get an Edinburgh Festival Fringe preview at one of the city's many outstanding comedy clubs
  • The pubs in the Old Town offer a cosy atmosphere, live music and an excellent choice of ales
  • Styled as an American barber shop, Panda & Sons is an intriguing cocktail bar with a difference

Beyond the city

  • Take a trip up to Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, an ancient volcano 251m above sea level
  • Visit Glenkinchie Distillery and learn how Scotch whisky is made - with plenty of samples of course
  • Embark on a day trip to Loch Ness and admire the majestic Highlands

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Doing business in Edinburgh

With start-up businesses and multinational corporations all making themselves comfortably at home in Edinburgh, the city boasts excellent meeting facilities and ample conference venues for every type of business event. If you're taking flights to Edinburgh from London Heathrow for business, you'll have no trouble finding great accommodation and entertainment, and of course plenty of spots for post-meeting drinks!

Conference venues and meeting facilities

Whether you're arranging a meeting or conference for 2 or 2000, Edinburgh has a plethora of venues that promise to impress your colleagues and clients. From small, quirky venues to dazzling ballrooms, find everything you need for an successful business trip to Edinburgh.

Flybe recommends..

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

The largest 5-star hotel in Edinburgh, the Sheraton Grand overlooks Edinburgh Castle and has over a dozen function rooms to suit any size of meeting or event.

  • Enviable Edinburgh city centre location
  • 14 flexible function rooms to accomodate up to 1000 guests
  • 269 guest bedrooms
  • Bar, restaurant and catering facilities available
  • Dedicated events team on hand
  • On-site guest parking
  • 8 miles from Edinburgh Airport, 1 mile from Edinburgh Waverley train station

The Mews

Dating back to the 18th century, this intriguing venue has a contemporary and bright interior and adaptable conference and meeting space for your event.

  • Edinburgh city centre location by Edinburgh Waverley train station
  • Conference and reception facilities for up to 100 people
  • AV equipment and WiFi access
  • Outdoor private courtyard for socialising
  • Dedicated Events Office to plan your event
  • 8 miles from Edinburgh Airport

Marlin's Wynd

Nestled in the depths of Edinburgh's 18th century South Bridge, just a hop, skip and jump from the Royal Mile, the cavernous and historic Marlin's Wynd is the perfect venue for an event with the wow factor!

  • Edinburgh city centre location
  • Intimate and atmospheric venue for a conference or business event with up to 110 guests
  • AV equipment available
  • Dedicated events team to plan and run your event
  • In-house catering by a dedicated team of chefs using local produce
  • 8 miles from Edinburgh Airport