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Travelers usually depart from O Hare International, Chicago Midway International, Chicago, IL - Union Station, Chicago Rockford International, or Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station when they travel from Chicago to Edinburgh. Book your trip to arrive at Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh - Hanover St Bus stop, Edinburgh-Bankhead, or Edinburgh-Balgreen. The distance between Chicago and Edinburgh is 5963 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Ryanair, easyJet, Lufthansa, United Airlines, and Aer Lingus. Chicago and Edinburgh have 401 direct flights per week. When you arrive at Edinburgh, consider visiting Edinburgh Royal Mile, Glencoe, Bamburgh Castle, Stirling, Edinburgh Castle, Ben Nevis, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

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United AirlinesUALUAYesNo
Aer LingusEINEINoOpens 48 days before flight
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Edinburgh travel tips

1) Take an umbrella and a warm sweater to Edinburgh

Edinburgh often has bad weather. The proximity of the sea often causes fog (haar in Scottish) and cool winds. It's never really hot in Edinburgh: the average air temperature in July is +18 Celsius, +12 Celsius in October, +6 Celsius in November, and +10 Celsius in April. Sunny days are rather rare in Edinburgh, so be sure to take an umbrella and some warm clothes with you.

2) Prefer pubs to regular restaurants in Edinburgh

Scotland is primarily about pubs. You can either drink a glass of beer in them or have a tasty and cheap lunch. The average price for the main course in pubs is £6-8 (€7-9). The portions are very large and flavoured with real Scottish culinary culture.

3) Enjoy paintings by Rubens and Monet at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh

The Scottish National Gallery is not inferior to many European museums and contains many paintings by Rubens, Santi, Monet, and Van Gogh. Moreover, the entrance to the museum is free any day of the week! Another place for art lovers is the Scottish Portrait Gallery, where you can admire self-portraits of famous artists and exhibitions of photographers.

United Kingdom COVID-19 travel restrictions

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Most travelers from Chicago, MDW can enter Edinburgh, EDI, but there are restrictions.

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  • Travel is allowed
  • No proof of a pre-departure COVID-19 test required
  • No quarantine required
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  • No visa required
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  • Masks are recommended in certain settings

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  • Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers
  • No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results or recovery certificate
  • No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers
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  • No visa required
Forms and documents
  • Mandatory proof of vaccination for the United States
  • Mandatory travel attestation form
Additional information
  • Masks are mandatory in certain settings

Information is provided as guidance only and accurate at the time of publishing. Always check government websites and airline materials before booking and traveling.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Chicago to Edinburgh?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Chicago and Edinburgh takes around 7.7 hours.
What is the flight distance between Chicago and Edinburgh?
The flight distance between Chicago and Edinburgh is 5963 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Chicago and Edinburgh?
Several carriers operate flights between Chicago and Edinburgh. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Lufthansa, United Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Chicago and London, Manchester, Athens, Dublin, New York, Las Vegas, Vilnius, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Austin, San Francisco, Paris, Nashville, Atlanta, Glasgow, Riga, Madrid.
What are the most popular routes to and from Edinburgh?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Edinburgh and London, Athens, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Paris, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Tallinn, New York, Istanbul, Palma, Majorca, Bucharest, Alicante, Vienna, Toronto, Madrid.
Which airports are there in Chicago?
Chicago is mainly served by O Hare International. But there are other airports nearby, including Chicago Midway International, Chicago Rockford International.
What airports are near Chicago?
The main airport in Chicago is O Hare International. It is also served by Gerald R. Ford International, General Mitchell International, Dane County Regional, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International, South Bend International, Fort Wayne International, Central Illinois Regional, Quad City International, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International, Decatur.
What airports are near Edinburgh?
The main airport in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Airport. It is also served by Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow Prestwick, Durham Tees Valley, Dundee.
What buses and trains depart from Chicago?
A number of bus and train companies depart from Chicago, including Amtrak train.
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