Flying from Birmingham to Edinburgh

Latest Edinburgh - Birmingham Air Travel Information

Updated September 2011

Book a cheap flight from Birmingham (BHX) and arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) in approx 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The Birmingham to Edinburgh bus may be cheaper (prices start at £10 single).

Airlines Operating Direct Birmingham to Edinburgh Flights

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

  • flybe - flybe operate regular flights from Birmingham (BHX).
  • bmibaby - bmibaby flights depart daily from Birmingham (BHX).

Edinburgh to Birmingham Flight Times And Prices

There are up to 10 direct cheap weekday flights and up to 5 daily weekend flights each way.

  • The earliest morning flights from Birmingham depart around 7.00 am and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.20 am in the morning.
  • The earliest morning flights from Edinburgh depart around 6.55 am and land in Birmingham at 8.15 am approx.
  • The last evening flights from Birmingham depart around 8.30 pm and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 9.35 pm in the evening.
  • The last evening flights from Edinburgh depart at 8.50 pm and land in Birmingham at 10.10 pm approx.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham.

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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham take roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes. This is the maximum flight time but most flights take 1 hour and 10 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 Birmingham-Edinburgh flights are with bmibaby, with prices starting at around £30 return, if booked far enough in advance.

Edinburgh and Birmingham Airport Taxis

The time and cost required to get to and from the airports in Birmingham 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 1 hour and 20 minutes of the actual flight time from Birmingham 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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Comments on Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Princes Street

On one side of Princes St you have the Scott Monument, the National Galleries, the gardens, the view of the Castle and the train tracks. On the other you have a mixture of bog standard normal shops you'd get anywhere mixed with tacky tourist shops selling the stuff you'd expect (and not to get me wrong stuff we all buy, myself included). They are good shops and useful shops but it's not got the 'niceness' of the Old Town. Having it currently ripped for for trams doesn't help either.

Edinburgh Castle

We loved the Edinburgh Castle but hated the lines. Summer crowds are large and we were there the day the Military Tattoo was to begin. Luckily we went at 9:30am when the castle opened. By noon the line was at least 20-30 min. long to buy tickets! The line for the Honours, the Scottish crown jewels, can be long as well. Just as in London, you are herded from room to room to room before getting to the jewels. It's a total "cattle call" and the jewels aren't terribly impressive. Overall, though, the views and history lessons offered make Edinburgh Castle a must-do!

Royal Mile

I was fortunate to work on the streets of the Royal Mile for a week (as a charity fundraiser) and the atmosphere was fantastic. Every shop keeper and stall vendor I spoke to were full of cheer and interesting to boot. The architecture is wonderful but it was the people that really created the beauty of this place. Even without all the brilliant activities such as the ghost walks and Edinburgh Castle it would be fantastic to simply potter about in the Royal Mile. I was there during the early summer before the start of the Edinburgh Festival so it was not too hectic just busy enough to be vibrant but not overcrowded.

Edinburgh Zoo

This review is typed by a 34 year old but words from a 5 year old. "I really liked the monkeys bottom, because I have never seen a monkeys bottom before and it was funny, I liked the monkeys playing, I loved the Zebras because they are my favourite, there were loads of animals and we stayed there lots and lots and lots... My mummy liked the polar bear, Mercedes although she did not like her name as she said it sounded chavvy but I did not know what she meant but she was very big and nice and white and nice and cuddly. The man who told me about the tigers was very loud and spitting but he was maybe interesting. The food looked nice and I liked it but it was smelly, but not a smelly as the Penguins. The shop was really good because I buyed a pink cup in it". Back to the 34 year old. I thought it was good value for money, car park was a rip off otherwise I liked the interactive centre in the Budongo trail, overall would reccomend it.

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