Travel to Scotland

Flying to Scotland

United Airlines ( flies to Edinburgh and Glasgow from the USA. US Airways ( also connects the USA with Glasgow. British Airways ( and Flybe ( fly from England to Edinburgh and Glasgow; other airlines operating flights to Scotland from European cities include easyJet ( and Ryanair (


Edinburgh Airport was sold by BAA to Global Infrastructure Partners in spring 2012, which is likely to result in airport improvements and new routes from the capital within the next few years.

Airport Guides

Aberdeen International Airport




Aberdeen International Airport is situated 11km (7 miles) northwest of Aberdeen.


+44 (0)844 481 6666


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Edinburgh Airport




Edinburgh Airport is situated 12km (8 miles) west of Edinburgh.


+44 844 448 8833

Edinburgh Airport

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Glasgow Airport




Glasgow Airport is located 13.8km (8.6 miles) west of Glasgow city centre.


+44 844 481 5555

Glasgow Airport

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Inverness Airport




Inverness Airport is situated 13km (8 miles) northeast of Inverness city centre.


+44 1667 464 000


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Flight times

Flights from London to Edinburgh take 1 hour 20 minutes; from New York takes 6 hours 50 minutes.

Air passes

Star Alliance Europe Airpass ( allows up to three months’ travel in 45 countries using Star Alliance partner airlines. Passengers can buy between three and 10 flight coupons, with prices varying according to distance travelled. Available to non-European residents only.

Visit Europe Pass: allows travel in 52 countries on oneworld partner airlines ( including British Airways. Prices depend on distance covered and passengers must buy a minimum of two flights. Available to non-European residents only in conjunction with an international air ticket .

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Travelling to Scotland by Rail

There are two mainline routes into Scotland from England: Virgin Trains (tel: 0871 977 4222; runs the service from London Euston up the west coast to Glasgow Central; and East Coast (tel: 0845 722 5225; operates from London Kings Cross up the east coast to Edinburgh and beyond to Dundee and Aberdeen or Perth and Inverness. ScotRail (tel: 0845 755 0033; runs sleeper services from London Euston to Glasgow, Fort William, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. For timetables, contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: 0845 748 4859;

Rail passes

InterRail offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five in 10 days or 10 in 22 days across all countries.

The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month. Travel is not allowed in your country of residence. There are reductions for children and travellers under 26 years. Available from InterRail (

The Eurail pass (available to non-European residents) does not cover the UK (including Scotland).

Driving to Scotland

Driving from England into Scotland is straightforward, with several options available. The main driving routes are: via the M6 from Birmingham followed by the M74 from Carlisle to Glasgow; via the A1/A1(M) from London to Edinburgh; and via the A68 from the northeast of England through the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh.

National Express (tel: 0871 781 8178; and Megabus (tel: 0871 266 3333; both operate coach services between England and Scotland.

Getting to Scotland by boat

Main ports are situated at Aberdeen, Cairnryan, Leith, Lerwick, Oban, Rosyth and Stranraer.

Cruise ships

Scotland is proving an increasingly popular cruise destination. Edinburgh’s port, Leith, attracts a significant number of international and domestic cruise ships each year with its first-rate facilities and proximity to the capital. From here and from Glasgow’s port, Greenock, ships set sail to explore Scotland’s coast and beyond to the Hebridean islands.

Ferry operators

P&O Ferries (tel: 0871 664 2121; runs services from Larne, Northern Ireland to Cairnryan and Troon (journey time - 1 to 2 hours). Stena Line (tel: 0844 770 7070; operates the route between Belfast and Cairnryan (journey time - 2 hours 15 minutes). Kintyre Express (tel: (01586) 555 895; runs a foot passenger ferry between Ballycastle and Campbelltown (journey time - 1 hour 30 minutes).

 The ferry route between Rosyth and Zeebrugge is now a freight-only service. Ferries no longer run between Scotland and Norway or the Faroe Islands.

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