If you ever need a great excuse for an Edinburgh city break, the availability of some great international flight deals flying from Edinburgh to the Far East has to be high on the list. Combine this with a low-cost budget flight to Edinburgh from many British and European cities, and you can be onto a winner.
What better way to start a trip to the tropics than to spend a few days in this hugely historical and fascinating city?
Our itinerary was for 31 days, spent primarily in India, but including 3 short city stays in Rome, Istanbul and Edinburgh. For these flights we paid €457 per person.
Edinburgh City Transfers – To and From the Airport
Getting from the airport to the city centre couldn’t be easier. The Edinburgh Airport tram station is just a few hundred meters from the Terminal exit.
From here it takes just 20 minutes or so to travel into the city (£5.50 one way). You can pay using machines on the platform that accept credit cards or coins – but take note that these machines don’t return any change.
If you have to catch an early flight when leaving Edinburgh, it’s handy to know that the first tram leaves the city center at 05:30 am.
Click here for the current tram timetables.
If your outbound flight is really early (and many of the budget flights are), you’ll need to take a taxi to reach the airport in time – more on this later.
Edinburgh City Break – Our Hotel
Our visit to Edinburgh coincided with a popular rugby match between France and Scotland at Murrayfield. Consequently, booking a hotel – even several months beforehand – was problematic.
We had originally intended to book one of the smart city apartments on Princess Street. However, the prices had gone through the roof for the dates we required. We had no flexibility with our dates since we would be arriving on a Turkish Airlines flight from India, which was already booked and paid for.
After much searching, and with few options available, we chose the Ibis Budget Hotel located not far from the airport.
The Ibis actually had 3 advantages for us:
♦ It was close to the Gyle Shopping Centre, with a Morrisons supermarket.
♦ It was very close to the airport, and we had an early morning flight departure.
♦ It was next to the Gyle Centre tram stop, for easy access to and from the city.
The hotel itself is unmissable from the tram stop. The staff who were running the hotel were friendly and helpful (as were most people we met in Edinburgh).
Our room was ultra-compact, but very well designed, clean, modern and functional.
With everything we planned to do for our Edinburgh city break, we only needed the room for sleeping, which was fine.
The breakfast buffet at the Ibis was excellent. They also had microwave machines available for guests to use – very handy if you’ve been shopping for ready-to-eat food at the Gyle Shopping Centre.
In total, we paid €244 for 3 night at the Ibis. Normally, the nightly rate is much cheaper, but we arrived just before a popular international rugby match, and most Edinburgh hotels were full with visiting French supporters.
Getting back to the Airport for an Early Flight
On our last morning, we needed to get to the airport early for a 07:10 flight.
Since we needed to be at the airport around 05:30 am, trams and buses were out of the question. However, as our hotel was so close to the airport, the helpful staff were able to order a cab for 05:00 am. We ended up paying just a few pounds for the short trip between hotel and airport.
What we had planned for our Edinburgh city break
We had big plans for our 3-night stay in Edinburgh. These included visiting Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and Arthur’s Seat. We also planned a trip to the Whisky Experience, shopping on Princess Street and a day-trip out to Blackness Castle near Linlithgow….
… and not forgetting a scary after-dark guided tour of the backstreets and cemeteries.
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