Edinburgh Airport was originally a military airport – Turnhouse Aerodrome – and the Scottish still call the airport by this name. The airport has been renovated in the past few years, including an expansion of the number of parking places and a larger Arrivals Hall. It is a fast growing airport that is expected to process 26 million passengers per year by 2030. A new futuristic looking control tower was opened in 2005.
IATA airport code: EDI
ICAO airport code: EGPH
There is still no train connection between Edinburgh and the airport. Construction of a light rail between the western districts of Edinburgh and the center was started in 2007. The line will ultimately be extended to the airport and is expected to be completed in 2009.
Car and bus
The airport is 12 kilometers west of Edinburgh along the A8 that leads to the center of the city. The clearly indicated exit to the airport is between two roundabouts (Gogar and Newbridge).
Buses frequently leave from the bus station by the Arrivals Hall to the center of Edinburgh (the central station close to Waverley Bridge). These buses also stop at Haymarket train station. The fast bus line 100, Lothian Buses (tel: +44(0)131 555 6363) runs 24 hours per day. In addition there is a bus line (35) that goes from the center of Edinburgh to Ocean Terminal.
Car rental - Edinburgh Airport
In the Arrivals Hall for domestic flights there are counters for five car rental companies: Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis stand next to the bus station. A ride to Edinburgh takes approximately 25 minutes outside of peak traffic times. You can book a taxi in advance with Executive Onward Travel (tel: +44 (0)131 333 2255), they also have limousines with a driver.
Right in front of the terminal building there is an area for short-term parking for a maximum of 2 hours. There is also a parking garage with over 2,000 parking places. The long-term parking area is next to the Hilton Hotel. A shuttle bus goes to the terminal. In addition there is still a parking area just outside the airport. You can see the prices of the parking areas on the website of Edinburgh Airport. You receive a discount on the price when you book in advance (tel: +44(0)870 850 2825), you can also do this online. The Airport Parking Directory website offers a service where you can compare the rates of multiple Edinburgh Airport parking suppliers. They work together with Airport Parking Shop.
There is one hotel at the airport, Hilton Edinburgh Airport (tel: +34(0)131 519 4400), the hotel is within walking distance of the terminal, but there is also a free shuttle bus. Three other hotels are close to the airport: Quality Hotel Airport (tel: +44(0)131 333 4331), the rustic Norton House Hotel (tel: +44(0)131 333 1275) and the Agenda Hotel (tel: +44(0)131 316 4466). You can reserve a room through the British Hotel Reservation Center (tel: +44(0)131 333 5119) in the Arrivals Hall. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
The airport has a reasonable range of cafes, snack bars and restaurants. For people who wish to have a quiet dinner, The Seafood Bar in the Departures Hall is recommended. There is also a large shopping area that was completely renovated and expanded in 2006.
The counter for lost and found items is between the check-in counters and the International Arrivals Hall (tel: +44 (0)131 344 3486), you can also store baggage there.
There is a large information office next to the International Arrivals Hall. You can also get information about the sights and surroundings of Edinburgh because it also houses the Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board (tel: +44(0)131 473 3800).
Airline companies: bmi, British Airways and Scotways have their own lounges. The lounge of Servisair can be used by everyone who pays. The airport does not have offices or meeting rooms to rent, but the Hilton Hotel does for a maximum of 220 people.
Personal accompaniment upon arrival or departure can be booked through Servisair/GlobeGround (tel: +44(0)131 344 3478).
Edinburgh Airport has excellent facilities for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. In several places throughout the terminal there are rooms reserved for the disabled that have induction loops (for the amplification of announcements) and a lowered television screen. There are also parking places reserved for the disabled, for assistance (tel: +44(0)131 344 3486).
There are banks, money exchange offices and ATM's. Wireless internet is present in several areas. Playgrounds for children can be found by Gates 2, 4, 9 and 11.