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Edinburgh travel tips

1) If you are coming to Edinburgh in the summer, make sure you have booked your accommodation in advance

During the summer, Edinburgh hosts two major festivals, the International Festival and the Fringe. During this period, the cost of hotels and apartments in Edinburgh rises dramatically. In addition, many hotels are completely sold out. Therefore, if you are travelling to Edinburgh in the summer, book your accommodation in advance.

2) Learn how Scotch whiskey is made at The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center in Edinburgh

Scotland is the birthplace of Scotch whiskey. When you are in Edinburgh, take a few hours to visit The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center, which is at the top of the Royal Mile. Here you can sign up for a tour, learn about the history of whiskey and distillation methods, as well as taste the best whiskeys, and buy a bottle or two at affordable prices.

3) Visit the Harry Potter locations on a day trip around Edinburgh

If you're a Harry Potter fan, head from Edinburgh to the Lochaber area. For example, you can see the railroad on the high Victorian Glenfinnan Viaduct bridge that the Hogwarts Express raced across. Or admire the Loch Shiel lake, over which Harry Potter flew a hippogriff in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. Other filming locations in the area include Loch Arkaig, Loch Eilt, Loch Morar, Steall Falls, Rannoch Moor, and others.

Travelers usually depart from Sabiha Gökçen International, Istanbul Airport, Istanbul Bus Station, Istanbul - Esenler Otogarı, or Istanbul - Alibeyköy when they travel from Istanbul to Edinburgh. Book your trip to arrive at Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh - Hanover St Bus stop, Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh-Bankhead, or Edinburgh-Balgreen. The distance between Istanbul and Edinburgh is 2833 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Ryanair, Pegasus, Turkish Airlines, easyJet, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Istanbul and Edinburgh have 401 direct flights per week. When you arrive at Edinburgh, consider visiting Edinburgh Royal Mile, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling, Edinburgh Castle, Glencoe, Bamburgh Castle, and Ben Nevis.

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NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingOnline check-in available
RyanairRYRFRNoOpens 24 days before flight
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PegasusPGTPCNoOpens 48 days before flight
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Turkish AirlinesTHYTKYesNo
easyJetEZYU2YesOpens 720 days before flight
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KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKLMKLYesOpens 30 days before flight
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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Istanbul to Edinburgh?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Istanbul and Edinburgh takes around 4.5 hours.
What is the flight distance between Istanbul and Edinburgh?
The flight distance between Istanbul and Edinburgh is 2833 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Istanbul and Edinburgh?
Several carriers operate flights between Istanbul and Edinburgh. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Turkish Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Istanbul?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Istanbul and London, Manchester, Birmingham, Kayseri, Antalya, Dublin, Northern Cyprus, İzmir, Bodrum, Dalaman, Ankara, Nevşehir, Bristol, Glasgow, Athens, Dubai, Gaziantep, Newcastle upon Tyne, Baku, Konya.
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, Palma, Majorca, Bucharest, Alicante, Vienna, Toronto, Madrid, Tenerife.
Which airports are there in Istanbul?
Istanbul is mainly served by Sabiha Gökçen International. But there are other airports nearby, including Istanbul Airport, Istanbul Atatürk.
What airports are near Istanbul?
The main airport in Istanbul is Sabiha Gökçen International. It is also served by Anadolu, Yenişehir, Tekirdağ Çorlu.
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, Blackpool, Carlisle Lake District Airport, Dundee, Durham Tees Valley.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Istanbul and Edinburgh?
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