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Scotland's four international airports, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are served by a growing number of European and long haul destinations. Each of these airports enjoy excellent links with all the major European airport hubs including London, Amsterdam, Paris, Reykjavik and Frankfurt which provide many onward connections to this country.

Flights from the USA and Canada

US Airways, United, Icelandair, Air Transat, Canadian Affair and Virgin fly from most major cities in the USA and Canada to the main European hubs which can be used for onward travel to Scotland. The major European airport hubs include Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt am Maine, Amsterdam Schipol and Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport. Direct flights between North American cities and Glasgow and Edinburgh International airports are listed below.

From New York

From Chicago

  • Edinburgh: United (from 22 May 2014)

From Orlando (seasonal)

From Philadelphia

From Calgary, Toronto or Vancouver

From Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Flights from Europe and Scandinavia

Scotland enjoys excellent air links with most European and Scandinavian countries. The best way to find the most competitive fares for flying to Scotland is to search on comparison sites such as SkyScannerExpedia and Cheapflights.

Flights from the Middle East

There are two direct routes currently linking the Middle East and Scotland, one is operated by Emirates and flies between Dubai and Glasgow, the other route is run by Qatar Airways and connects Doha with Edinburgh.

Flights from Australasia

The best way to get to Scotland from Australasia is to fly via the Middle Eastern hubs of Dubai and Doha with either Emirates or Qatar Airways.

Flights from Africa, Asia and Central and South America

The best way to get to Scotland from Central and South America, Asia and Africa is to travel via US, European or Middle Eastern hubs. Scotland enjoys excellent links with these hubs so onward travel from them is easy.

The major European hubs are London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt am Maine, Amsterdam Schipol and Madrid Barajas airports. Flights from the Middle East are available from Dubai and Doha.

From Africa and Asia there are routes via both the European and Middle Eastern hubs. Those travelling from South America are best to travel via the European hubs, whereas routes from Central America also fly via US hubs.

Travel to Scotland by ferry

Travelling to Scotland by ferry is also a popular option from a number of European countries. Direct routes to Scottish ports operate from Ireland, while ferries also run from the Netherlands to Hull in the north east of England, around four hours drive from the Scottish border, and from Amsterdam to Newcastle, around two and a half hours drive from Edinburgh. You can find information on timetables, ferry operators and make bookings at Ferrysavers.

From Rotterdam and Zeebrugge

  • Hull: P&O Ferries (Hull is approximately 260 miles from Edinburgh)

From Amsterdam

  • Newcastle: DFDS Seaways (Newcastle is around 120 miles from Edinburgh)
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