Flying from London Heathrow to Edinburgh

Latest Edinburgh - London Heathrow Air Travel Information

Updated September 2011

Book a cheap flight from London Heathrow (LHR) and arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) in approx 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Going by bus to Edinburgh or London Heathrow may be cheaper.

Airlines Operating Direct London Heathrow to Edinburgh Flights

There are currently only three airlines operating direct flights between London Heathrow and Edinburgh (none are low-cost airlines):

  • British Airways - BA, while a far cry from being a low cost airline, operate frequent daily flights to and from Edinburgh from London Heathrow.
  • bmi - bmi also operate frequent daily flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh Turnhouse airport.
  • Lufthansa - Lufthansa operate several daily flights from London Heathrow to Turnhouse airport in Edinburgh.

EasyJet operate cheap flights from Luton, Stansted and Gatwick airports to Edinburgh while KLM operate connecting flights via Amsterdam.

Edinburgh to London Heathrow Flight Times And Prices

There are up to 24 direct cheap weekday flights and up to 18 daily weekend flights each way.

  • The earliest morning flights from London Heathrow depart around 6.45 am and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.10 am in the morning.
  • The earliest morning flights from Edinburgh depart around 6.30 am and land in London Heathrow at 7.55 am approx.
  • The last evening flights from London Heathrow depart around 8.55 pm and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 10.20 pm in the evening.
  • The last evening flights from Edinburgh depart at 8.55 pm and land in London Heathrow at 10.20 pm approx.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow.

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 London 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 Heathrow take roughly 1 hour and 25 minutes. This is the maximum flight time but most flights take 1 hour and 15 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 London Heathrow-Edinburgh flights are with bmi, with prices starting at around £80 return, if booked far enough in advance.

Edinburgh and London Heathrow Airport Taxis

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

Hotels in Edinburgh or London Heathrow

Edinburgh Hotels
Save up to 75% on Good Edinburgh City Centre hotels.

London Heathrow Hotels
Save up to 75% on Good hotels near London Heathrow Airport.

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 London Heathrow 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.

Book the Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour now.

Things to do in London

London Pass

Discover more with the London Sightseeing Pass. With a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 6 consecutive days, the pass offers great value and convenience with free entry to over 50 top attractions including Tower of London, London Zoo, Thames River Cruise, St Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, The Tower Bridge Exhibition, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, London Bridge Experience, Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour. Explore all sides of the city as you take advantage of tours, cruises and walks included on the London Sightseeing Pass. With special discounts at restaurants, West End theaters and other visitor services, you'll never be short of things to see and do during your London vacation!

Book the London Pass now.

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

Experience the essential introduction to London aboard the original hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. You'll see all the magical sights of London in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided.Your ticket also includes a FREE Hop-on Hop-off Thames River cruise as well as three FREE walking tours: a Changing of the Guard walk and a Cool Britannia walk exploring the hidden treasures of Trafalgar Square and central London and a Jack the Ripper walk. Customize your own tour by hopping on and off the bus at any stop, as many times as you like. There's a choice of sightseeing routes, including the Yellow Route which features live onboard commentary. If you're travelling with the family, take the Red Route - relax while your children are entertained and informed by the highly acclaimed Kids Club commentary and their free London activity packs. Each route makes frequent stops - simply hop off where you want to, and return to the same stop to continue your tour.

Book the The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off now.

Comments on Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Holyroodhouse Palace

We thought this castle was a great value for the money. It was beautiful and well-preserved. The 10 GBP charge included an audio tour, and we spent almost 2 hours exploring. It's interesting to see and hear the history of Mary Queen of Scots and to walk through the beautiful gardens. There was a great exhibit at the end too showing pictures from Queen Elizabeth II's life. Would suggest this as a must-see stop in Edinburgh.

Holyrood Park

The Holyrood Park is an area of hills, lochs and crags near the Holyrood Palace, a nice area for walking. Well known in Holyrood Park are the Salisbury Crags (some nice rocks) and Arthur's Seat, with about 250 m the highest hill in Hollyrood Park. There's a path directly below the Salisbury Craigs which offers a great view on the city. We went a long the path, it's a bit steep but except that it's quite easy to walk. It's possible to continue to Arthur's Seat (see the walking.visitscotland website; there are different possibilities to climb up that hill), but we had already walked enough that day!

» Back to Edinburgh Travel guide index

All London - Edinburgh travel articles:

All London - Glasgow travel articles:

All London - Aberdeen travel articles:

All London - Inverness travel articles:

Home > Edinburgh > Travel to Edinburgh > London Heathrow Flights to Edinburgh