With all the hassles of airports, and the train taking under 4½ hours between London and Edinburgh, it’s not very common to fly between Britain’s largest cities. However, flying can allow you to cover great distances quickly and economically.
For example, London to Inverness in Scotland takes 8 hours by train, or 1¾ hours by plane, with plane tickets being much more affordable. There are also lots of budget airlines to choose from, with competition keeping prices low, and most major British cities have a nearby airport.
- Which London airport should I choose?
- How to get from Heathrow Airport into central London
- How to get from Gatwick Airport into central London
- How to get from Luton Airport into central London
- How to get from Stansted Airport into central London
- How to get from City Airport into central London
- How to get from Southend Airport into central London
- Travelling around Britain: Everything you need to know
The main airlines are:
British Airways – International airline serving larger British airports
EasyJet – Budget airline serving 15 airports in Britain with many domestic flights.
FlyBe – Flies to more than 30 airports across Britain
Loganair – Serves 40 airports across Scotland
Ryanair – Budget airline, serves 15 British airports but many flights are to outside the UK
- With the exception of London’s small City Airport (LCY), it can take an hour or more to reach the capital’s main airports: Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR), Luton (LTN), Stansted (STN) and Southend (SEN).
- Flying is the least environmentally friendly way to travel. You can calculate your carbon footprint here.
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