Travelling to Scotland

Getting to Scotland is easier than you might think. We've put together this handy guide covering all the main options and information, whether your trip is for business or pleasure.

By Air

Scotland has two principal international airports - Glasgow International and Edinburgh. Glasgow currently offers the following scheduled direct flights to international destinations:

Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Bydgoszcz, Charleroi, Cork, Donegal, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Faro, Gdansk, Katowice, Lublin, Malaga, Marseille, Milan, New York (Newark), Orlando, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Poznań, Reykjavík, Riga, Sofia, Tenerife, Toronto, Vilnius, Warsaw, Wrocław

Whilst Edinburgh, Scotland’s busiest airport, offers the following:

Abu Dhabi, Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Cork, Doha, Dublin, Faro, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Geneva, Hamburg, Istanbul, Knock, Kraków, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Milan, Moss/Rygge, Munich, New York-JFK, New York-Newark, Oslo, Paris, Poznan, Prague, Reykjavik, Rome, Santander, Shannon, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vagar, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Weeze

In addition both airports offer a large range of seasonal and charter flights. Both are also well connected with other destinations throughout the UK, including all the London airports, Manchester, Birmingham, and Belfast.

Two other airports – Aberdeen and Inverness – offer connecting flights across the UK. Aberdeen also offers a limited number of flights to European destinations, including Amsterdam, Paris, and Frankfurt. Due to it’s geographical location on the country’s east coast there’s also a number of air connections with Scandinavian destinations, including Copenhagen and Esbjerg (Denmark), and Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger (Norway). Inverness currently offers year round flights from Amsterdam and Dublin.

Finally, there’s Glasgow Prestwick, a budget airline hub offering flights to a number of European destinations, principally focusing on Eastern Europe and Mediterranean resorts.

Airfares to Scotland are generally competitive, provided you shop around, with a good mix of budget and premium operators offering services. Check out our air travel links in the sidebar to search for flights and tickets.

By Rail

Why not travel to Scotland by train? If you’re arriving from abroad and/or are travelling up from England there are several direct rail links connecting from London to various Scottish destinations, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Fort William. If you fancy getting some rest and travelling overnight, the Caledonian Sleeper, a sleeper service operated by First ScotRail, is one of only two remaining sleeper services running in the British Isles. It connects London Euston station with Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William (the Highland Caledonian Sleeper) and, departing later in the evening, Edinburgh and Glasgow (the Lowland Caledonian Sleeper). The service to Fort William is often known as The Deerstalker.

Once in Scotland there’s an extensive rail network covering destinations from Dumfries and Galloway all the way up to the far north coast towns of Wick and Thurso.

You can check on rail timetables and the best prices on tickets using the search box below, provided by thetrainline.com

By Sea

Sadly there are currently no direct ferry routes from continental Europe directly to Scotland, however there are sea links from the continent with numerous destinations in England. Primarily these are across the English channel from several ports in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Travel from Ireland to Scotland is facilitated by the regular services between Larne in Northern Ireland, to Cairnryan and Troon in the South of Scotland.

 

By Road

Two main routes cross from England into Scotland, one on the west coast - the M6, becoming the M74 north of the border up to Glasgow - and one on the east coast - the A1, running up to Edinburgh.

If you're budget conscious, there is always the option of coach travel to Scotland. Several companies, incuding National Express and Megabus, have major route networks across the UK and Ireland, interconnecting towns and cities.

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