Fly To Edinburgh, Scotland
Book cheap flights to Edinburgh with Travelstart and save for the things that really matter on your trip. Located on the shores of Firth of the River Forth, the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the second most sought after destination when it comes to travel and tourism in the United Kingdom. The stunning beauty of the rugged Scottish coastline combined with the mesmerizing tranquillity of the countryside affects your deepest senses. The city of Edinburgh exudes a perfect blend of culture, history and adventure. It has the strongest economy in the UK after London, not surprising when you realise the University of Edinburgh is situated here.
In addition to the nearby coast and countryside, discovering several unexplored villages around Edinburgh can be a meaningful experience. Since the city is situated between the hills and the coast, it is considered a “windy” city. Its maritime climate is comfortable and while the winters can be freezing, the summers are pleasant and visitors can expect average daytime temperatures to hover between 18°C and 22°C. Explore the amazingly preserved Old Town of Edinburgh through the narrow network of cobbled streets, or through the neat and well-organized grid of roads in the New Town. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom and a notable destination of art, music and literature; Edinburgh also hosts the world's biggest International Art Festival.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do require a UK Visa for Edinburgh and Scotland.
- The South African High Commission to the UK is based in London. South Africa House, 9 Duncannon Street, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DP. Phone: + 44 20 7451 7299. Scotland has the Honorary Consulate of South Africa in Edinburgh. 10 Midlothian Drive, Waverley Park, Glasgow, G41 3RA. Phone: 084 538 80463.
See and do
Revisit the historical classics in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Don’t miss the Edinburgh Castle housing the National War Museum. Breathe fresh air at Royal Botanic and Princess Street Gardens. See the dormant volcano Arthur's Seat at the Hollyrood Park and enjoy great views of the city from Calton Hill. For tasteful international art, visit the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Museum. The Scottish Parliament, Scott Monument, and St Giles’ Cathedral are remarkable pieces of European Architecture. Take the spooky tours exploring the 'supernatural' elements in the city's old buildings, vaults, graveyards. Do not miss the city's intoxicating bars & pubs. Besides a bottle of Scotch Malt Whiskey, Quaich, and spirtle are the other popular souvenirs.
Buses, trams, and trains serve the public transport network of Edinburgh. The buses operate from Monday to Saturday from 8.15am-6pm and from 9.30am-5.15pm on Sundays.
Edinburgh Airport – EDI
Location: Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
Food and beverage: Several good cafes, restaurants, and bars serve sumptuous food at Edinburgh Airport.
Currency Exchange: American Express Bureau de Change outlets are available at the Edinburgh Airport.
Lost Baggage Help: Lost Property/Left Baggage facility is available at the UK Arrivals on the ground floor. You may also call at +44 (0)131 344 3486.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels at the Edinburgh Airport. However, you can find many nice ones nearby.
Car Hire: Alamo, National, Europcar, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, Sixt, and Thrifty are the car hire service providers at the airport.
Airport Hub: Edinburgh Airport – EDI is a hub for EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, British Airways, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways.