Flying from Cardiff (Wales) to Edinburgh

Latest Edinburgh - Cardiff Air Travel Information

Updated September 2011

Book a cheap flight from Cardiff International (CWL) and arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) in approx 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The Cardiff to Edinburgh bus may be cheaper (prices start at £57.00 return).

Airlines Operating Direct Cardiff to Edinburgh Flights

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

  • flybe - flybe operate regular flights from Cardiff International Airport (CWL).
  • bmibaby - Frequent bmibaby flights depart daily from Cardiff International Airport (CWL).

Other airlines including Aer Arran and KLM operate connecting flights from Cardiff to Edinburgh via Amsterdam and Dublin.

Edinburgh to Cardiff Flight Times And Prices

There are up to 8 direct cheap weekday flights and up to 5 daily weekend flights each way.

  • The earliest morning flights from Cardiff depart around 7.05 am and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.30 am in the morning.
  • The earliest morning flights from Edinburgh depart around 6.55 am and land in Cardiff at 8.25 am approx.
  • The last evening flights from Cardiff depart around 6.50 pm and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.10 pm in the evening.
  • The last evening flights from Edinburgh depart at 7.55 pm and land in Cardiff at 9.15 pm approx.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to Cardiff.

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 Cardiff 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 Cardiff take roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes. This is the maximum flight time and most flights do take 1 hour and 20 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 Cardiff-Edinburgh flights are with bmibaby, with prices starting at around £38 return, if booked far enough in advance.

Edinburgh and Cardiff Airport Taxis

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

Hotels in Edinburgh or Cardiff

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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 Cardiff 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 Cardiff

Cardiff City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

The best way to see Cardiff! Join us for a 50 minute guided open top bus trip. The tour includes Cardiff Castle, Techniquest and Millennium Stadium. This is a 'Hop-on, Hop-off' service, which allows you to use this tour as a convenient way to access all major highlights in Cardiff.

Croeso! A warm welcome awaits you on the Hop-on Hop-off tour of Cardiff, where you'll hear all about the development of the City and see its fine Civic buildings, the new Bay area and the new Millennium Stadium. You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 11 stops in total, and the entire route takes approximately 50 minutes. The bus departs every 30 - 60 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.

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Comments on Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

It is a big old castle. Tough to miss as it sticks up on a piece of volcanic rock overlooking the City. The exhibits informative, but kind of hokey. St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in , Edinburgh at the 12th century is probably the most interesting. They fired the cannon properly at 2 PM. Many exhibits of the various Guards. The historical exhibit could be better done, it seemed like it could use a new coat of paint. Kind of expensive.

Museum of Scotland

Museum of Scotland is part of the National Museum of Scotland. On five floors the history of Scotland is displayed, from the geological formation to the 20th century. To see everything it would be good to return many times (entrance is free). I did not see everything when I was there but concentrated on The Kingdom of the Scots but I also saw some more. At the entrance you can get a plan over the museum and in the big room called Hawthornden Court you can pick up free audio guides. The chesspices on the photo were found on the island Lewis 1831. They were made of walrus ivory in the 12th century when the Norse ruled the Hebrides.

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle with the Hollyrood Palace. Along this street, you'll find several nice old buildings for example St Giles Cathedral, the old parliament building, the High Kirk and the Canongate Church. And of course there are lots of shops, pubs and restaurants. It's a very touristy street! But what I found most fascinating were the "wynds" and "closes", little alleys between the buildings that diverge from the street. You'll find really a lot at the Royal Mile! Wynds are open at both ends, whilst closes are open at only one end and will lead you to some courtyards. It's really interesting to follow a such alley and I can imagine that in the dark with these ghost tours this is really scary!

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. This was another interesting, albeit slightly boring, castle/palace. With the exception of the Mary Queen of Scots scandal where David Rizzio was murdered for a supposed affair with Mary. The old worn down abbey next door is some interesting ruins to look at as well.

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