Some of the cheapest flights to Edinburgh are via Glasgow airport. Glasgow airport is around an hour from Edinburgh by car (although takes longer if traffic is heavy). There are good bus and train services between Scotland's two largest cities, so you don't necessarily need a car.
Glasgow Airport Flight information
Getting to and from Glasgow Airport
With the nearest railway station, Paisley's Gilmour station, a mile away from Glasgow Airport the best public transport option is bus to Buchanan Street station, and then the bus or train from there to Edinburgh.
You used to be able to buy a bus ticket at Glasgow airport through to Edinburgh City Centre (St Andrew Square), although now it seems you have to buy two tickets separately.
There are several bus companies operating services between Glasgow airport and Glasgow City Centre.
- The Glasgow Flyer is slightly more expensive at £4.50 (£6.50 return), but runs more buses (every 10 minutes). Bus stops at Glasgow Queen Street station.
- Glasgow Air Link runs every 30 minutes to Glasgow International Airport, from Partick Interchange, next to the subway station, and takes approximately 40 minutes. Tickets are £4 for a single and £5 return.
Buses and trains run regularly between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
You'll probably have to change buses at Buchanan Street bus station for a bus to Edinburgh. The Glasgow-Edinburgh bus fare is around £6.
For Edinburgh trains, walk to the adjacent Glasgow Queen Street train station. It's a few pounds more expensive to go by train to Edinburgh Waverley or Edinburgh Haymarket. It's around 50 minutes trip and the trains run as often as every quarter hour at peak time.