Edinburgh Airport essential information
If you're flying from Edinburgh Airport, we've collected the essential 'must-know' information you'll need to ensure your trip gets off to the perfect stress-free start:
All about Edinburgh Airport:
With 10.2million passengers passing through its gates in 2014, Edinburgh is Scotland's busiest airport. It's located just under six miles from the city centre and serves more than 140 destinations around the globe. Its busiest domestic destination is Heathrow followed by Gatwick, with Amsterdam and Dublin proving most popular for international travellers. Read on to find out all the essential information for a stress-free start to your trip from this popular airport.
Edinburgh Airport and associated car parks are easily accessed via the M8 from Glasgow and M9 from Stirling. It is also reached from the M90 motorway via the Forth Road Bridge. Find directions to park and ride car parks on our individual product pages.
Edinburgh is a single-terminal airport, with all flights leaving from the same location.
Edinburgh Airport provides the following advice for when to check in:
Domestic flights - One hour for flights in UK and Ireland
International flights - Two hours, but see below for exception
El Al flights - You must check in 3.5 hours prior to departure
All airlines flying from Edinburgh Airport offer online check-in facilities for passengers. Simply head to your carrier's website, print your boarding pass, then deposit your luggage at the self-service bag drop facilities in the check-in hall.
Please note: All easyJet and Ryanair passengers must check-in online before arriving at the airport. Use the following links:
Click here for easyJet online check-in
Click here for Ryanair online check-in
Mobile check-in: Along with online check-in facilities, passengers with a compatible smartphone can use a mobile check-in service provided by the following airlines:
- Air France
- KLM Cityhopper
- Brussels Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic Little Red
Facilities for disabled passengers:
Edinburgh Airport employs Amey to provide assistance for passengers with disabilities - ensuring everyone can travel through the airport with ease. Passengers must request assistance at the time of booking with an agent, or by contacting their airline at least 48hours before the flight is due to depart. Full details of assistance available for disable passengers can be found here.
Edinburgh Airport is served by various hotels that cover all budgets.
Browse Edinburgh Airport hotels on offer here.
Fast track security clearance:
Edinburgh Airport offers passengers the opportunity to swerve security queues by reserving a place on its FastTRACK service. It costs £5 per person and can be booked
Where to eat:
Edinburgh Airport offers a wide selection of eateries to suit all needs. From families to couples and groups, there's a table waiting for you.
Click here for the full list of restaurants and outlets at Edinburgh Airport
Where to shop at Edinburgh:
There's no shortage of shopping at Edinburgh Airport... here's all the information you'll need to plan your pre-flight spree in outlets located before and after security.
Click here for shopping details
Areas for kids:
Edinburgh Airport offers three soft play areas for children. These are located in the main departure lounge opposite The Liquorice Tree, opposite Gate 2 and in the south-east pier beside Gate 15. If you want to eat somewhere with a view of the runway, kids will love EAT with its spectacular vistas over the runway.
If you need to escape the crowds, Edinburgh Airport offers exclusive lounges where you can dodge the hordes and relax with a meal or drink before you fly.
Get a quote for the No1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport here
Wi-Fi access at Edinburgh Airport:
If you need to stay connected ahead of your flight, Edinburgh Airport offers free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Passengers can enjoy two hours of free access per day, per device.
How to connect:
-Turn on your device and select the 'Edinburgh Airport network'.
-Launch your web browser and navigate to any web page.
-You will then be directed to a login page where you can enter your username and password or set up a new free account.
Charging your mobile devices:
Charging points for mobile devices are available free of charge in Caffe Nero and WH Smith Cafe. You can also pay a few pounds and leave your phone charging in the secure ChargeBox unit located in Dixons Travel. The store is located after security and opens from 5:00 to 21:00.
Baby changing facilities:
Edinburgh Airport has baby change rooms in the following locations:
Before security, in UK arrivals (behind Costa).
Before security, on the first floor near WH Smith
After security, near Gate 11.
In the international baggage reclaim hall (arriving passengers only).
Free luggage trolleys are available throughout the airport for both arriving and departing passengers.
Items can be stored using this facility for various lengths of time. Click below to get the rates.
Left luggage prices here
Boots has an airside store at Edinburgh Airport, which also includes a pharmacy. The store is open from 04:00 to 22:00.
These are not available at Edinburgh Airport.
Edinburgh Airport offers passengers the use of a prayer room in its international arrivals area on the ground floor, beside Costa Coffee. The space is open to members of all denominations.
Head along to EAT for a bite to eat and great views across the runway.
DID YOU KNOW... Edinburgh Airport operates from two runways.