Edinburgh’s Scotland’s biggest and busiest airport, with frequent flights to destinations like London, Dublin and Paris.
So as well as being the natural choice for local travellers, it’s a magnet for families from throughout Scotland jetting off on package deals.
If you’re heading on your holidays from Scotland’s capital, here are five stress-free tips for Edinburgh family flyers.
When you’re arriving in Edinburgh from further afield. Spending the night before departure in a comfy hotel is one of the best ways to feel refreshed and gather your thoughts.
This is the closest hotel to the airport, there’s a free 24 hour shuttle service, a tasty children’s menu, and comfy family rooms featuring cribs, high chairs and in-room movies. There’s also an indoor pool — perfect for adults and water babies alike.
One sure way of avoiding pre-flight tantrums is ensuring everyone’s tummies are full and, luckily, Edinburgh Airport boasts an eclectic mix of eateries.
The best choices for family groups are probably found airside — The Gathering deli and café offers delicious filled croissants and fresh salads, while Krispy Kreme is a must for donut connoisseurs.
However, The Sir Walter Scott is the top all-round choice for adults and kids because it’s a cheap, child-friendly pub with an extensive menu and an enclosed interior that offers a break from the hustle and bustle.
Edinburgh has three dedicated kids zones, at gate two, at the southeast pier close to gate 21 and between gates 10 and 11.
There’s plenty to entertain children of all ages, but the flight-themed soft play area between gates 10 and 11 is ideal for younger ones.
Family lanes and changing facilities
Prepping for nappy pit stops is always wise and Edinburgh has plenty of baby change rooms throughout. There is one before security at UK arrivals. Another before security on the first floor near WH Smith. One aafter security near gate 11 and another in the international baggage reclaim hall.
Queuing for security is made more bearable thanks to family lanes and passengers travelling with babies are allowed to take sterilised water, baby food and liquid baby milk on flights, without the 100ml limit applying.
You can reach Edinburgh airport from around the UK via public transport. There are buses, trams and taxis from Edinburgh city centre which operate around the clock.
But the most hassle-free way of getting there might be in the comfort of your own car. Especially with kids in tow.
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