By air

The main international airports in Scotland are situated in Aberdeen (ABZ), Cambeltown (CAL), Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow (Glasgow International Airport – GLA, Glasgow Prestwick Airport – PIK).

The national carrier British Airways offers flights from many European countries the United Kingdom. British Airways destinations include: Austria (Salzburg, Vienna), Bulgaria (Sofia, Varna), Cyprus (Larnaca, Pafos), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), France (Genoa, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Toulouse), Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart), Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki), Hungary (Budapest), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice, Verona), Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Norway (Oslo), Poland (Krakow, Warsaw), Portugal (Lisbon, Faro), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Serbia (Belgrade), Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Basel, Zurich), Turkey (Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir) and Ukraine (Kiev).

Other airlines that offer flights to Scotland include: Aer Lingus, Air Malta, Austrian Airlines, bmi, Centralwings, CSA, EasyJet, Finnair, Flybe, Germanwings, Icelandair, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, Ryanair, SAS, Scotairways, SkyEurope, SN Brussels, Transavia, Wizz Air.

British Airways schedules:

Aberdeen Airport:
Edinburgh Airport:
Glasgow Airport:
Glasgow Prestwick Airport:

By sea

Main sea ports in Scotland are Stranraer and Cairnryan. Various ferry carriers offer routes to Scotland from European countries. Stena Line offers routes from Northern Ireland, Superfast Ferries – from the Netherlands, P&O Ferries – from Ireland.

P&O Ferries:
Stena Line:
Superfast Ferries:

By bus

Eurolines offers coach services between Scotland and major European cities.

Eurolines schedules:

By train

The only direct rail routes between Britain and the Continent are available from Paris and Brussels through the Channel Tunnel. It is also possible to travel by train from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

By car

Getting to Britain by car from the continental Europe can only be done by a car ferry or the Channel Tunnel (from France).


By bus/tram

Transport in Scotland is sufficient and well-developed. In Glasgow, for example, it is possible to travel by bus, train and underground. Tickets can be obtained at bus, underground and railway stations.

By taxi

Famous traditional black taxis are becoming the thing of the past and nowadays taxis are painted different colours. They can be hailed in the streets or found at taxi stands. Minicabs (private taxis) are cheaper than the standard taxis and can be hailed in the streets or ordered by phone. Unlike black taxis, minicabs do not have taximeters.

By car

Driving is on the left side of the road. International and EU driving licenses are accepted. Driver must also have insurance documents and ownership/rental documents. Driver must not drive with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08%. Driver and passengers must wear seat belts. Children under age of 12 years are not permitted to travel in front seats. Speed limits: urban areas – 50 km/h, single carriageways – 90 km/h, dual carriageways – 110 km/h, motorways – 110 km/h. It is recommended to have a warning triangle, first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.