Flying from Southampton to Edinburgh

Latest Edinburgh - Southampton Air Travel Information

Updated September 2011

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

Airlines Operating Direct Southampton to Edinburgh Flights

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

  • flybe - flybe operate regular direct flights from Southampton (Eastleigh) Airport (SOU) and several connecting flights via Manchester (MAN).

Other airlines including Air France operate connecting flights from Southampton to Edinburgh via Paris.

Edinburgh to Southampton Flight Times And Prices

There are up to 4 direct cheap weekday flights and up to 4 daily weekend flights each way (no direct flights on Saturday).

  • The earliest morning flights from Southampton depart around 7.00 am and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 8.25 am in the morning.
  • The earliest morning flights from Edinburgh depart around 6.45 am and land in Southampton at 8.20 am approx.
  • The last evening flights from Southampton depart around 8.30 pm and land at Turnhouse Airport in Edinburgh at approx 9.55 pm in the evening.
  • The last evening flights from Edinburgh depart at 6.35 pm and land in Southampton at 8.05 pm approx.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Edinburgh to Southampton.

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 Southampton 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 Southampton take roughly 1 hour and 25 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 Southampton-Edinburgh flights are with flybe, with prices starting at around £58 return, if booked far enough in advance.

Edinburgh and Southampton Airport Taxis

The time and cost required to get to and from the airports in Southampton 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 25 minutes of the actual flight time from Southampton 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

Edinburgh Castle

While visiting Scotland and Ireland I became fascinated with the many Celtic Crosses in cemeteries and at churches. This large and excellent example is found near the entrance to the Edinburgh Castle on the Esplanade. There are several other monuments just before entering the castle. One is an equestrian statue of Sir Earl Hage. There are also several other Celtic crosses. I took some time before entering the castle to take some photos of each.

Museum of Edinburgh

The Museum gives you a glance at the city's history: all the way from prehistoric times to the present day. Start-off by exploring the exhibition of archaeological finds at Cramond, describing the life of occupying Roman forces in east Scotland almost 2000 years ago. Then move forward through time, seeing the numerous artifacts that illustrate the development of the city, including the original plans for the New Town (by architect James Craig). Did you know that some of the city's first water pipes were made from Elmwood? (click photo to see) And what the expression "Gardy Loo!" means? Another section uses displays to illustrate life in the Old and New Towns from the 1760's, and until our visit to this museum I wasn't actually aware of the fact that Edinburgh had a rich history in the crafts of silver and glassware. Here you can view extensive collections of Edinburgh-made silverware, glassware, pottery and decorative art from various centuries, including a splendid cut-glass epergne made at the Holyrood Glass Works to commemorate Queen Victoria's accession to the throne (1837). A collection of old shop signs includes the one from the tobacconists shop of James Gillespie (1726-97), founder of Gillespie's hospital and school.

Royal Museum and Museum of Scotland

These two museums are next door to one another, they are connected on the inside so you can walk from one to the other. I didn't have a lot of time so I just took a brief tour of the Royal Museum, the focus of which is natural history, science & industry and decorative arts, then headed over the Museum of Scotland, set up to take visitors on a chronological journey through Scotland, the earliest starting on the lower levels. They announced a free museum overview tour as I was entering, turned out to be the only one on it. The guide took me to the different levels of the museum, explained how the exhibits were laid out and pointed out some of the highlights. Check in Hawthornden Court for a schedule, they also had a highlights tour that might be good if you are pressed for time like I was. The brochure also says they have free audio guides at the same spot. Tip #1: for a great view over the city, head up to the Roof Terrace on the 7th floor of the Museum of Scotland. Tip #2: currently on Tuesday it's open until 8 pm. And like all the other museums in Edinburgh, it's free!

Scottish Parliament

Lots of ill-informed people see this stunning set of buildings as a huge money pit but having read up on the finances, I can see how the totally unrealistic budget of £50m rose to over 400. The architect Enric Miralles, died during construction, the Westminster based Scottish Office were culpable of incredible mismanagement and the main contractor threw his toys out of the pram on several occasions. So the fact that it won the much coveted Stirling Prize from RIBA as well as several other prestigious international awards justifies the fractured journey towards completion (it was over 3 years late too).

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