Travelers flying from the USA to Scotland will fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh. The cheapest flights from the US to Edinburgh will depart from the East Coast of the US and there are many nonstop routes available.  You can also fly into another European capital, like nearby London and take a low-cost flight from that city to your final destination in Scotland.

Airport choices

Flights from the East Coast of the US to Scotland will be cheaper than those from the South and West. You’ll also have the option of a direct flight, which is about seven hours long from New York.

The two main airports in Scotland are Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Many travelers will fly into  London Heathrow, which is often a cheaper gateway, and then fly to Scotland from there. Several low-cost carriers  fly between London and Scotland, and between Scotland and other major European cities, so if you choose not to fly direct, you’ll have lots of options for airports through which to connect.

When flying out of USA there are also  plenty of airports to choose from, many of which offer direct flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can most easily find cheap, direct flights from the USA to Scotland at  JFK , at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, or Dulles in Washington, DC. Nonstop flights are also available from many other major American cities, though they may be more expensive than those with a layover on the way. From smaller cities, you generally need to connect through a major hub city.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to Scotland from the USA are offered by the following airlines:

  • Virgin Atlantic
  • US Airways
  • Continental

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to Scotland from the USA vary according to the season, with the lowest prices being offered during winter, late fall and early spring. At these times, you can often score cheap tickets from Scotland to the USA for as low as $500-$700 per person from the East Coast. The highest fares will be during the peak summer season: June, July, August and September. During these times, prices can be as high as $900-1200 per person.

Money saving tips

Prices may be lower if you connect in another popular European city like London. If your final destination is a city other than Glasgow or Edinburgh, it’s usually cheaper to fly in here and then take a low-cost flight to your final destination.

Check the discounted websites but remember that not all of them list the European low-cost carriers. You can compare the options on sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but for the cheapest European flights you need to check Skyscanner or check the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines.