Travelling around Britain by plane: Is it worth it?

London skyline travel Britain by plane

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.

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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

Other considerations:

  • 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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Popular flights:

Inverness to London
Exeter to London
Birmingham to Aberdeen
Manchester to Edinburgh
East Midlands Airport to Glasgow
Newcastle to London
Edinburgh to Bristol
Aberdeen to London
Glasgow to Exeter

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