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Looking for cheapest RT flight Scotland

Hi, all --
I've searched the usual ways for cheapest (I no longer hope for cheap) RT fare to Scotland from SC, hoping for a two-week stay sometime in June. Everything is $1200+, it appears. Can anyone offer suggestions for finding a better fare? Thanks.

Posted by
4078 posts

What are the "usual ways"?

I think 1200 is pretty good from SC. June is getting into peak season, so I doubt you will find much cheaper.

Posted by
6047 posts

I've been searching for the same thing (Scotland in June) and what I've found is that flying from the west coast (PDX or SEA) is running about $1500, so your $1200 from the east coast sounds about par. You could wait and watch for a couple of months but I'm not sure you're going to find cheaper unless you luck into a one-day sale somewhere.

Posted by
3262 posts

Are you looking at flying directly from SC to Scotland, or connecting thru London? If you can find a "cheap" flight to London (maybe somehow via Icelandair, passing thru Keflavik?), you can likely get a flight to Edinburgh via Virgin Air or flybe Air.

Posted by
109 posts

You think around the corners. Would it be less expensive to fly RT to London Heathrow and take a train up to Scotland? Or maybe Manchester? The advantage I found to this (granted my final destination was Edinburgh) was the long ride on the train to rest and recoup after the flight from western US.

Posted by
5461 posts

Scotrail is a good site for checking ticket prices for trains to Scotland. It's a little over 60 GSP for a round trip ticket from London to Waverley Station in Edinburgh. I found this fare by searching for a roundtrip two months out from today. If you look for a fare for this week it is close to triple what you pay when booking ahead. Don't forget to factor in getting to Kings Cross from Heathrow or Gatwick. From Heathrow, you can take a very long tube ride or catch the London Express which is more expensive and takes you to Paddington Station. You will then need to take the Tube to Kings Cross or take a taxi or bus. When I did it, I just took the tube. My flight got in at 7:30 and my train north wasn't until noon so there was plenty of time.

Pam