Stuck on a layover at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Scotland? As a main hub of Ryanair and EasyJet, the airport is located less than six miles from the city center of Edinburgh, which makes it very accessible to those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your layover, click here for useful tips.
In addition to shopping and restaurants (listed here) you can also check into the Servisair Executive Lounge with complimentary alcohol and business facilities. The lounge is on the first floor after security and you can get a quote and book online here.
You can also get a massage at OHM Therapies, located after security near Gate 7). No appointments are needed and you can get a 10-30 minute holistic massage. There are also coin-operated machines in the departures lounge after security (£1 for three minutes).
You can also watch the planes taking off on the runways at the WHSmith Café, or visit The Airport Gallery that exhibits a constantly changing display of Scottish artwork in the departures lounge near Gate 12. By Gate 9 you can check out a supercar – an Aston or Ferrari – at the Best of the Best competition. The airport also offers WiFi or connect at Internet terminals in all areas of the terminal. For more information on Internet access at the Edinburgh airport, click here.
If you’re looking to leave your bags while you explore, there’s a Left Luggage center in the UK arrivals area on the ground floor. It’s open seven days a week from 5:15am to 10:45pm and it costs £5 per item for 24 hours (more for oversized items).
If you arrive at night or are looking for some rest, there are hotels of varying price points near the airport. You can a full list of Edinburgh hotels here.
For transportation outside of the airport, there are taxis outside the arrivals hall. A cab ride to the city center takes roughly 25 minutes. Taxi arrangements are managed by Onward Travel – tel +44 (0)131 333 2255. In addition, there are trains (from the airport you will need to take a taxi or bus to get to the rail station) and there are also buses including the Airlink 100 that leaves every ten minutes.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On An Edinburgh Layover:
If you’re strapped for time, a tour might be the way to go. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, outdoor activities, and more.
At the highest point of Old Town Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Castle houses the famed Scottish Crown jewels and also has a huge war memorial inside.
When you walk up Prince Street starting at the east end, make sure you keep an eye out on the skyline. The street is very picturesque and you can visit Princes Street Gardens park. At the top is the castle, and a fantastic view.
The Royal Museum
With lots of interactive exhibits for kids, the Royal Museum is a beautiful with wonderful architecture and interesting displays. Combined with the National Museum of Scotland, there’s plenty to do and see here.
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