Edinburgh Airport (EDI) connects the Scottish capital to 110 international destinations. It’s one of the busiest airports in the whole of the UK, receiving around 40,000 travellers each day. It’s also one of the most commended airports in Europe. For the calibre of its facilities and services, it was voted the Best European Airport of its size in 2011 and 2012 at the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe Awards.

    There’s a host of amenities that make this airport thoroughly convenient and enjoyable. For guests who need assistance in communicating with airline staff, Edinburgh Airport provides the Pocketalk Translation Device, which can translate 74 languages. Passengers and staff can simply speak into the receiver. The translation can come in audio form or as text on the screen.

    Throughout the airport, you can find ATMs and money exchange kiosks both before and after security checkpoints. For added convenience, you can pre-book your desired currency for collection through the International Currency Exchange (ICE) stores at the departure lounge and International Arrivals 2.

    What are the features of Edinburgh Airport?

    While you’re waiting for your flight, you can browse through a range of fashion boutiques and souvenir shops in the post-security area. If you’re leaving the European Union, you can visit the duty-free outlets in the departures area for some last-minute shopping.

    Passengers also have food options aplenty at this airport. Just look at the selection of cafés, pubs, and restaurants located before and after security. The departures area has a ‘food village,’ which even has a sushi bar for anyone craving Japanese cuisine.

    You can pass the time and get a dose of the local culture at the Airport Gallery, which displays original works by Scottish artists. The exhibitions often include a mix of paintings, drawings, fine craft, and prints. All displayed pieces are for sale, and the exhibits are changed frequently to feature new work and artists year-round. From time to time, you may find 3D artworks elsewhere in the airport. These seasonal installations celebrate product launches or may form part of a larger exhibition featuring Scotland’s prominent artists.

    Getting to and from Edinburgh Airport

    Located just 8 miles from the city centre, getting to and out of Edinburgh Airport is relatively easy with plenty of public transport options available. Airlink 100 operates a daily bus service that shuttles travellers from the domestic arrivals area to Waverly Bridge in Central Edinburgh. The bus also makes a stop at the Haymarket railway station. You can take Lothian’s bus 35, which links the airport to Ocean Terminal via the city centre.

    Another option travellers can take is tram, which connects the airport to the city centre. The journey time is approximately 35 minutes. You can purchase tickets from the machines at the tram halt.

    If you’re travelling to Glasgow Airport, the Citylink coach can take you there without fuss. You can pre-purchase tickets online or buy them on-board. Taxis are available just outside the arrivals section and by the coach station. You can book a ride via the airport website or by calling a service.

    There are many car rental companies if you want to drive in Edinburgh, such as Alamo, Avis, Europcar, National, and Thrifty. Between the domestic arrivals and the check-in area are courtesy telephones, which you can use to contact pre-booked car companies not available on-site.

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    Edinburgh Airport

    Location: Edinburgh EH12 9DN, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)844 4488833

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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