Flying from Bristol to Edinburgh

Latest Edinburgh - Bristol Air Travel Information

Updated September 2011

Book a cheap flight from Bristol (BRS) and arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) in approx 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Bristol to Edinburgh bus may be cheaper (prices start at £59.10 return).

Airlines Operating Direct Bristol to Edinburgh Flights

There is currently only one airline operating direct flights between Bristol and Edinburgh:

  • EasyJet - EasyJet operate regular flights from Bristol International (BRS) to Edinburgh.

Other airlines including Air France, British Midland (bmi) and KLM operate connecting flights from Belfast to Edinburgh via other European airports (Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam).

Edinburgh to Bristol 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 flight from Bristol departs around 6.45 am and lands at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 7.55 am in the morning.
  • The earliest morning flight from Edinburgh departs around 7.15 am and lands in Bristol at 8.25 am approx.
  • The last evening flight from Bristol departs around 7.40 pm and lands at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.50 pm in the evening.
  • The last evening flight from Edinburgh departs at 9.15 pm and lands in Bristol at 10.25 pm approx.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to Bristol.

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 Bristol 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 Bristol take roughly 1 hour and 15 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 Bristol-Edinburgh flights are with EasyJet, with prices starting at around £56 return, if booked far enough in advance.

Edinburgh and Bristol Airport Taxis

The time and cost required to get to and from the airports in Bristol 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 Bristol 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

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is the street between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is actually 1.7 miles in length. The street itself is not named the Royal Mile but actually several streets connected (Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate). We traveled to Edinburgh the first week in August. A comedy festival was going on at the time. Much free and inexpensive entertainment was available along the Royal Mile near City Centre. It was quite exciting. The Royal Mile contains many pubs, restaurants, shops, tenement houses dating back to the middle ages such as Gladstone's Land, St. Giles Cathedral, John Lock House, Brass Rubbing Centre, City Centre and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. We took a one and a half hour walking tour called Secrets of the Royal Mile given by Mercat Tours. The tour was very interesting and we did learn many things about t he Royal Mile that were not pointed out such as John Knox's burial place is not in the middle of a parking lot, a statue is misnamed, whin the heart-shaped brick mosaic on the Royal Mile represents. We bought the Edinburgh Pass which allows many entrance fees for one price. Many of the attractions are located on the Royal Mile.

St Giles Cathedral

Pretty small cathedral :). Nice to walk around and have a bit of calm from the busyness of Edinburgh. £2 photography pass is a great idea, raises money for them instead of charging an entrance fee, although it does cost money to go into the Thistle Chapel which I don't remember being mentioned anywhere. It is rather dark in there though if you're taking photos.

Edinburgh Castle

Visited the castle in June last year. It was a rainy and cold day. The ticket line wasn't too long. After you entered the castle, there was a clock to show the free tour time. It was informative to follow the officical guide, but we went on our own since it was too slow with the tour. The Scottish crown jewerl was in this castle. The line was long and the jewelrys were not what you expected to see in London. There only three meaningful items. I was a bit disappointed, but that was the national treasure. The gift shops inside the castle had good price, some of them even less expensive than street vendors. I've been to many castles in Europe and wasn't too impressive with this one. However, the location was great, high up on the hill. On a clear day, you cuold see the bay, the city was under your eyes. It was worth the visit.

Parliament Visitor Centre

I did this tour about a 8/10 months ago but I am prompted to write this review now because I just did the Westminster Parliament tour. There is a marked difference. It costs about a third of the Westminster one and the Scottish woman who guided us through the building was a more down to earth and friendly sort than our English guide. (And no its not just me, an Irish person siding with the Scots against the 'auld enemy' !). Sure, Westminster is a more impressive building but the Scottish guide had a lot more charm and didn't make it feel like a school trip.

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