Flying from London to Inverness
Latest Inverness - London Flight Travel Information
Updated September 2011
Cheapest Flights to/from Scotland
Flights from London to Inverness are much quicker and convenient than travelling by either train or coach. While the train and bus journeys take an average of 8 and 13 hours, respectively, the flight time is under two hours. Even with the time needed for airport transfer, check-in and security control, you still make excellent time compared to travelling by train or bus.
Airlines operating direct London - Inverness flights
There are currently only 3 airlines operating direct flights between London and Inverness, with only two being cheap, no frills airlines:
- EasyJet - EasyJet is the only low cost airline on this route with flights departing from Luton airport.
- FlyBe - FlyBe is the only low cost airline on this route with flights to Inverness Airport departing from Gatwick.
- British Airways - BA, while a far cry from being a low cost airline, operate daily flights to and from Inverness from Gatwick Airport.
Inverness and London flight times and prices
- The earliest direct morning flights from London depart around 09:30 and land at Inverness Airport at roughly 11:15 in the morning.
- The earliest direct morning flights from Inverness towards London's airports depart Inverness Airport at 07:10 and land in London at 09:00 approx.
- The last direct evening flights from London depart around 19:20 and land at the airport in Inverness at roughly 21:05 in the evening.
- The last direct evening flights from Inverness towards London's airports depart the airport in Inverness at 17:00 and land in London at 18:45 approx.
Instant fares for cheap flights from Inverness to London.
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 Inverness. 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 Inverness and London take roughly 1 hour and 50 minutes. This is the maximum flight time but most flights take 1 hour and 40 minutes approx, provided there are no significant delays on take-off / landing. Weekdays have the busiest flight timetables for all airlines with up to 9 flights taking off every day in either direction 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-Inverness flights are with EasyJet, with prices starting at around £50 return, if booked far enough in advance.
The time and cost required to get to and from the airports in London and Inverness will vary.
Inverness Airport Transfer
There is a frequent bus service run by operator Rapsons from Inverness city centre to the airport (every half hour, single fare is under £3.00) and an hourly service from Nairn. There is no rail link between Inverness airport and the city centre.
London Airports Transfer
There is a wide variety of options to get to and from London's airports (Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and City Airport) including by bus, coach, train and taxi.
Total time to set aside for London-Inverness 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 40-50 minutes of the actual flight time from London to Inverness, 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.
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Comments on Attractions in the Inverness area, Scotland
Loch Ness Boat Cruises
We did the 1 hour trip from Clansman Harbour with our 22 month old daughter, she found it very exciting being on a boat and loved it. We thought the trip was just right with a mix of historical and local "titbits" interspaced with some music and time to see the magnificent scenary. But what really made it for me was seeing Nessie - I was amazed no-one else did!
We used the local Stagecoach buses to travel to and from the National Trust for Scotland Culloden Visitor Centre on a Saturday in September 2009. The centre is built on Drummossie Moor, five miles from Inverness, where on 16th April 1746 the Jacobites and the Hanoverians fought the final battle of the civil war in Britain. On a personal note, many men of my clan fought and died in the Stewarts of Appin regiment on the Jacobite side. The building is built to minimise its impact on the moor. On the battlefield itself there is a path around where the sides lined up on that fateful day. Blue flags fly where the Jacobites stood, red flags show the Hanoverian positions. At points along these positions there are plaques detailing the names of the regiments and their starting strength.