When is the best time to go to Edinburgh?

When is the best time to go to Edinburgh? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months in Edinburgh are May, June, July, August, September and October
  • On average, the warmest months are June, July and August
  • The coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest months are June, July and August

Annual weather in Edinburgh

For full information about the climate and weather in Edinburgh a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 38°F/43°F
February 38°F/45°F
March 40°F/49°F
April 41°F/52°F
May 49°F/58°F
June 54°F/63°F
July 56°F/65°F
August 54°F/65°F
September 50°F/61°F
October 49°F/56°F
November 43°F/49°F
December 40°F/45°F

Weather and climate in Edinburgh

Edinburgh enjoys a temperate oceanic climate (with warm summer) in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Edinburgh is 54°F (ranging from 43°F in january to 65°F in july). Annual rainfall is 44.8in, with a minimum of 2.4in in april and a maximum of 5.4in in july.
  • Between the months of january and april the climate is very bad. The record temperature this month is 68°F and you can expect to have 2.4in of rainfall/month during this period.
  • Between the months of may and september the climate is just OK. It is for example 61°F as maximum temperature in september and, in september, 5 days of rain are expected.
  • From october to november the climate is unfavorable. The temperature rises to 49°F and it rains in november about 3.5in.
  • In december the climate is the worst possible. It is for example 45°F as maximum temperature in december and you can expect to have 3.5in of rainfall/month during this period.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Edinburgh

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Edinburgh: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Edinburgh

Find out when Edinburgh has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Edinburgh

  • Very low season in Edinburgh
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: January, February and March.
  • Low season in Edinburgh
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: April and November.
  • High season in Edinburgh
    The number of visitors to Edinburgh is high in: May, June, September, October and December.
  • Peak season in Edinburgh
    The largest number of tourists visiting Edinburgh is during: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Edinburgh month by month

Best time for low prices in Edinburgh

Average prices of hotels in Edinburgh month by month

Generally, January is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Edinburgh. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, August is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Edinburgh

A return flight between London and Edinburgh is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 61 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 36 more for your airline ticket to Edinburgh if you go in july.

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Average price of hiring a car in Edinburgh

On average, it costs $ 32 per day to hire a car in Edinburgh. This price varies by $ 14 depending on the month. In october, hiring a car costs an average of $ 26 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in july is $ 39.

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