Flying from Belfast (Northern Ireland) to Edinburgh

Latest Edinburgh - Belfast Air Travel Information

Updated September 2011

Book a cheap flight from Belfast International (BFS) or Belfast City (BHD) and arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) in approx 50 minutes.
The Belfast to Edinburgh coach (Eurolines) may be cheaper (prices start at £51.50 return).

Airlines Operating Direct Belfast to Edinburgh Flights

There are currently only two airlines operating direct flights between Belfast and Edinburgh, both being cheap, no frills airlines:

  • EasyJet - EasyJet flights depart daily from Belfast International Airport (BFS).
  • flybe - flybe operate regular flights from Belfast City Airport (BHD).

Other airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Bmi and Lufthansa operate connecting flights from Belfast to Edinburgh via London Heathrow.

Edinburgh to Belfast Flight Times And Prices

There are up to 7 direct cheap weekday flights and up to 5 daily weekend flights each way.

  • The earliest morning flights from Belfast depart around 8.10 am and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 9.00 am in the morning.
  • The earliest morning flights from Edinburgh depart around 7.00 am and land in Belfast at 7.45 am approx.
  • The last evening flights from Belfast depart around 9.00 pm and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 9.45 pm in the evening.
  • The last evening flights from Edinburgh depart at 7.45 pm and land in Belfast at 8.30 pm approx.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to Belfast.

The early morning / late evening flights are particularly handy for those on business trips but also for tourists on short breaks who want to make the most of the time they have in Belfast or Edinburgh. Prices for these flights will vary from airline to airline and you may not be able to get the cheapest flight if you absolutely must take an early morning / late evening flight.

Flights between Edinburgh and Belfast take roughly 50-55 minutes. This is the maximum flight time but most flights take 45 minutes approx, provided there are no significant delays on take-off / landing. Weekdays have the busiest flight timetables for all airlines while weekends see some of the early morning flights scrapped.

Flight prices vary significantly from airline to airline, date and time of the day. The cheapest Belfast-Edinburgh flights are with EasyJet, with prices starting at around £55 return, if booked far enough in advance.

Edinburgh and Belfast Airport Taxis

The time and cost required to get to and from the airports in Belfast and Edinburgh will vary.

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Total time to set aside for flights

Remember that when flying you also need to set aside time for check-in and transfer to and from the airport. This means that on top of the 50 minutes of the actual flight time from Belfast to Edinburgh, you need to factor in another 2 hours at the airport itself and, depending on where you live, maybe another 1-2 hours to get to and from the airport.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Edinburgh. You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 24 stops and the entire route takes approximately 60 minutes. The bus departs every 20 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.

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Things to do in Belfast

Belfast City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

With this 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus you can see the Wall Murals in Falls Road and Crumlin Road, and the Botanic Gardens, City Hall, Albert Clock plus much more. With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Belfast.

You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 16 stops and the entire route takes approximately 1 hour. The bus departs every 15 - 60 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use. A city with an infamous history, Belfast has become a lively, friendly and welcoming place for the visitor, with a rich history and culture.

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Comments on Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

My 8 year old daughter and I went to the Camera Obscura on a rainy day while my husband went on the Scotch Whiskey Tour across the street. They are both located near the Edinburgh Castle. There are 4 levels including the ground floor gift shop. Climb further and you'll reach the rooftop with a spectacular view of the city. From there, there is also a short presentation (every 1/2 hour?) showing landmarks of Edinburgh using a telescope and several mirrors to project the images onto a concave surface in a dark room. Each level had different "eye-catching" exhibits including optical illusions, holograms, interactive displays. Lots of fun. We spent almost 2 hours there. My daughter listed this as the highlight of our 2 week vacation.

Royal Yacht Britannia

My niece and I went up to Edinburgh from London on June 23 and returned to London on the 24th. We saw the castle and Royal Mile on the 23rdand went to the Britannia on the 24th. The Britannia is lovely; we enjoyed using the audio guides and took about 2 1/2 hours to go through the yacht. It was not crowded at all. Everything is very accessible - there are elevators (lifts) as well as stairs. I was hobbling around with a cane at that point and really appreciated the lifts. The audio guide was very good - detailed and easy to use. We had a nice lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the yacht after our tour. I heartily recommend this trip to anyone.

Scott Monument

This monument was built in give thanks to sir Walter Scott, have an innumerable of steps but they give you a certificated of your happy climb. There's a good Walter Scott referential and you can see the better Edinburgh from there!! . Cheap, cultural and sport!! perfect mix!!

Royal Botanic Garden

It only costs 80p to get to by bus from princes street and is only a few minutes away. Free to get it that makes it great for the budget traveler, but if you can afford to pay to go into the Glass houses there very well kept and have some amazing plants like a purple pineapple. You can make it a whole day trip if you take a picnic or just a relaxing afternoon. Very worthwhile.

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