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Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and arguably the most iconic mountain in Scotland. The town of Fort William is situated at the foot of Ben Nevis. The challenge of climbing the mountain, combined with the stunning views, makes Ben Nevis a popular destination, attracting thousands of visitors each year. The mountain can be found in the northwest Highlands, near the small town of Fort William, and is often included as part of a tour of the dramatic highlands. Alternatively, adventure seekers will head directly to the mountain to enjoy the many sporting activities that the dramatic landscape enables, including mountaineering and skiing. 

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Whether you're flying to Ben Nevis from elsewhere in Scotland, the U.K., or somewhere further afield, Alternative Airlines makes it easy to find the flights you're after. We specialise in making it quick and simple to find flights to remote locations. As well as all major U.K. airlines, we also ticket smaller regional airlines in the U.K. Book all your flights in one place, with the assistance of our expert customer service team.

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How to fly to Ben Nevis

Flying from elsewhere in the U.K. & Ireland

If you’re flying to Ben Nevis from elsewhere in the U.K., the closest airport is Inverness Airport. A couple of British domestic airlines operate flights to Inverness, with direct flights from major cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, and Belfast. If you’re not flying to visit Ben Nevis from one of these cities, then flying to either Glasgow International Airport or Edinburgh International Airport will be the best option. The distance between both airports and Ben Nevis are similar (although Glasgow is closer), and both provide easy access to Ben Nevis via car or public transport.

Flying to Ben Nevis from London?
Fly direct to Inverness, Edinburgh, or Glasgow from London with British Airways or easyJet. Inverness or Glasgow are the closest but also consider combining your visit to Ben Nevis with the chance to explore the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh.

Flying to Ben Nevis from Ireland?
If you’re looking to fly over to explore Ben Nevis from Ireland, then Glasgow will be the airport for you. Aer Lingus Regional operates direct flights to Glasgow from Dublin.

You can find out more about these airports below.

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Flying from an international destination

Inverness Airport is the closest international airport to Ben Nevis. However, from Inverness there are only a small number of services available to a very short list of international destinations — including Amsterdam and Mallorca. Therefore, your options will be to fly to either Glasgow International Airport or Edinburgh International Airport, depending on your departure location.

You can find out more about these airports below.

How to fly to Ben Nevis

Inverness Airport

Inverness Airport (INV) is the closest airport to Ben Nevis. It is located 8.1 miles from the small Scottish city of Inverness. The airport is the main gateway into the North of Scotland, with a number of scheduled services across the United Kingdom. From the airport, there are also a limited number of scheduled services to Europe.

Distance to Ben Nevis: 80 miles (2 hours by car approx)
✈ Airlines flying from elsewhere in the UK: British Airways, easyJet, Loganair
✈ International airlines: KLM, TUI Airways

Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport (IATA: GLA) is an international airport located 9.9 miles from the centre of the city of Glasgow. British Airways, easyJet and Loganair operate an extensive domestic route network from the airport. For international flights, Jet2 and TUI Airways are two airlines which operate the most flights to/from the airport. Fly from Glasgow to Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. (seasonal only).

Distance to Ben Nevis: 105 miles (2.5 hours by car approx)
✈ Airlines flying from elsewhere in the UK: British Airways, easyJet, Loganair
✈ International airlines: Lufthansa, Air Canada Rouge (seasonal), Air Transat, Emirates, British Airways, Iceland, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, TUI Airways, United Airlines (seasonal).

Edinburgh International Airport

Edinburgh Airport (IATA: EDI) is located 5.8 miles from the city centre of Edinburgh. It is served by a number of international airlines that fly directly between the airport and Europe, the Middle East, and U.S. If you’re flying direct to Scotland from the U.S., rather than connecting onwards from London, Edinburgh has the greatest number of flights to America.

Although Glasglow is closer, you may choose to fly to Edinburgh to explore the iconic Scottish capital, where you’ll find Edinburgh castle standing high above the medieval old-town, which is complete with gothic buildings and cobbled streets.

Distance to Ben Nevis: 133 miles (3 hours by car approx)
✈ Airlines flying from elsewhere in the UK: British Airways, easyJet, Loganair
✈ International airlines: Air France, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Eurowings,, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling, Wizz Air

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Should I visit Ben Nevis?

Ben Nevis is a glorious and iconic mountain, with the charming town of Fort William nestled in its shadow. If you're planning on visiting the Scottish highlands, then Ben Nevis needs to be on your list of places to stop at.

Top Tip: If you're looking to explore the highlands or some of Britain's most beautiful national parks, take a look at our guide: The Best National Parks in the U.K.

Can I get to Ben Nevis without a car?

If you plan on hiring a car once you land at one of the nearest airports to Ben Nevis, then the journey will be easy. If you’re planning on travelling onwards to Ben Nevis via public transport, then the options are a little more limited but it is still possible. Land at Glasgow or Edinburgh and catch a train to Fort Willian (about a 4 hour journey time). From Inverness, you can also catch a bus. The longer journey time means that if you plan on climbing the mountain you’ll likely want to plan your trip over a day or two.

How can I get to Ben Nevis?

Situated close to the small and historic town of Fort William, Ben Nevis is easily accessible. By car, the journey takes approximately 2-3 hours from Glasgow, and 2.5-4 hours from Edinburgh (traffic depending). The closest airport is Inverness, which is 1.5-2 hours away by car.