Edinburgh Airport handles the most air traffic in Scotland with an annual rate of over nine million passengers. Travellers who use the facility have a choice of flying with over 40 airlines and to destinations in the U.K., Europe and North America. The airport is currently a hub for Easyjet and Ryanair and regularly scheduled economy flights are available throughout the year. Plans are proposed that will upgrade this facility, owned by the BAA, to accept over 20 million passengers by the year 2030.
Edinburgh Airport, code EGPH, is located 9.3 km west of the city centre in Turnhouse and can be reached by car from the M8 Motorway. Direct bus and taxi service into Edinburgh is accessible from the airport terminal.
Passengers travelling through Edinburgh Airport will find a selection of family oriented cafes, sandwich and coffee shops and several pubs and bars. Restaurant choices in the terminal include quick takeaway or sit down service both before and after the security checkpoint. Many shops and boutiques located in the terminal offer an opportunity to browse before a flight and purchase duty free merchandise. Personnel working at the American Express booths before and after security assist with foreign currency exchange.
Edinburgh Airport Parking
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Edinburgh Airport provides several car park options. For short stay parking, patrons may choose the standard car park or a dedicated lot designed for two hours or less. Known as the Pick Up/2 Hrs. Max car park, this lot provides convenient access to the terminal. Rates for this lot and the short stay are similar under the two hour limit but rise dramatically for overrun time in the pickup lot.
The short stay car park is close to the terminal and recommended for stays up to several days. Longer stays for holiday travel or extended business should be handled with the long stay car park accessible by a courtesy shuttle bus. Both lots may be pre-booked online at www.secure.baa.com for reduced rates.
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Several competing car hire companies maintain desks on the ground floor of the terminal building near the arrivals area. Travellers may select from the international companies including Alamo, Avis, Hertz, National, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar or Thrifty. Arrangements may be booked ahead or after a flight. A new multi-storey car rental centre offers close access to the terminal and a quick pick-up and drop-off location.
Edinburgh Airport Hotels
The Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport offers large contemporary rooms and shuttle service to and from the airport. Guests have access to an onsite restaurant and bar and parking lot. A continental breakfast may be purchased; Internet service is available for a daily fee.
Close proximity to the airport and a complimentary shuttle service make the Hilton Edinburgh Airport Hotel a popular choice. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast and newspaper, swimming pool, restaurant and shops.
Flights available on Easyjet include Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam and London Gatwick. Ryanair covers Rome, Barcelona, Oslo and many European destinations. Service to New York is available daily from Continental Airlines. Other carriers using the facility include BMI, Thomson Airways and Jet2.com and several tour operators offer holiday getaway packages to the Canary Islands, Greece and the French Riviera.
Rail stations Waverly and Hay Market are located in the Edinburgh city centre. Click here for the latest train times.
The Airlink 100 bus system takes passengers from the airport to the stations on a 30 minute trip. The First Scotrail train system connects Edinburgh with Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness and other locations in Scotland. Bus and coach service begins at the airport and connects with many U.K. destinations.
There are several taxi companies in the Edinburgh area that can take you to and from Edinburgh Airport. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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