Flying from Manchester to Edinburgh
Latest Edinburgh - Manchester Air Travel Information
Updated September 2011
Cheapest Flights to/from Scotland
Book a cheap flight from Manchester International (MAN) and arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) in approx 1 hour.
The Manchester to Edinburgh bus may be cheaper (prices start at £27.40 return).
Airlines Operating Direct Manchester to Edinburgh Flights
There are currently only three airlines operating direct flights between Manchester and Edinburgh, with only one being a cheap, no frills airline:
- flybe - flybe flights leave from Manchester International Airport (MAN).
- bmi - Frequent bmi flights (both cheap and business) depart daily from Manchester International Airport (MAN).
- Lufthansa - Lufthansa operate regular daily flights from Manchester Airport (MAN).
British Airways operate connecting flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via London Gatwick.
Edinburgh to Manchester Flight Times And Prices
There are up to 13 direct cheap weekday flights and up to 5 daily weekend flights each way.
- The earliest morning flights from Manchester depart around 7.00 am and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.05 am in the morning.
- The earliest morning flights from Edinburgh depart around 6.55 am and land in Manchester at 8.05 am approx.
- The last evening flights from Manchester depart around 6.25 pm and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.25 pm in the evening.
- The last evening flights from Edinburgh depart at 7.30 pm and land in Manchester at 8.30 pm approx.
Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to Manchester.
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 Manchester 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 Manchester take roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes. This is the maximum flight time but most flights take 1 hour 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 Manchester-Edinburgh flights are with flybe, with prices starting at around £58 return, if booked far enough in advance.
Edinburgh and Manchester Airport Taxis
The time and cost required to get to and from the airports in Manchester and Edinburgh will vary.
Hotels in Edinburgh or Manchester
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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 10 minutes of the actual flight time from Manchester 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 Yacht Britannia
Really enjoyed Edinburgh and especially this beautiful ship. You get to see everything on board from the staff quaters to royal family areas. I spent a long time there. The free audio-aid is interesting and not over-done like most are. It is easy to reach by bus and definitely worth a visit. If I ever go back to Scotland, I am coming here again
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Had a visit to Edinburgh in the month of March. It was abnormally sunny all week and just beautiful weather. Made sightseeing around this ancient city wonderful. Although one day it did rain, so we decided to go to the camera obscura. It was great fun for us 3 adults, and I'm sure the kids would have loved it too. Would recommend this to anyone visiting the city.
Museum of Childhood
Located on High street, this was a gem of a find. It was just like stepping back in time. Set in 5 separate galleries this tour took you from teddies to trains, through games and dollhouses. There is something for all ages here, and all for free. The visit for us took about 1hour and we shared the experience with more adults than children! It is said to be the noisiest museum ever, and during school holidays I would imagine it to be so. We were quite quiet! This is one of several good museums within a very small area, and really great way to spend some time. The staff were really friendly and there is a small shop at the entrance.
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.