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Festival Tips

How do you take in the whole of the Fringe in a short period of time? Try following these handy tips

Variety equals spice

The Fringe features many art forms so get stuck in! Don’t just stick to what you know. Take a chance. Variety is the spice of life, and the flavour of the Fringe is best experienced when you’re willing to dip into all the surprising options, from theatre to stand-up, from a staggering range of live music to one-on-one speed dating performance art.

Virgin Money Half-Price Hut

No particular plans for the day? Then swing by the Virgin Money Half-Price Hut during the festival and see what tickets are on offer that day for half of their usual price.

Go free

There are plenty of free shows on offer during the festival, not to mention all the discounted tickets and 2for1 ticket deals. You can search on the Edinburgh Fringe website for free and discounted tickets by filtering your results.

Dress wisely

You are in Scotland, a country infamous for putting on a spectacular weather show that delivers four seasons in one day. Even though it’s summer you’d best be prepared for sun, warmth, rain, cold and lots and lots of walking. Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.

Pace yourself

With thousands shows on offer it would be hard to take it all in – the secret to the Fringe is to find a blissful balance between quantity and quality. If you hit the road early each morning you stand a better chance of getting the tickets you really want. And if you don’t.... well, take a chance on something else.

Respect the environment

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to minimising their impact on the environment – please help them by doing the same. Please give thought to how you travel to the Fringe and while you are here, please dispose of your rubbish in one of the many bins or recycling points dotted around the city.

Open your mind… and your heart

Edinburgh’s population doubles during the festival, so that means there will quite a few people around. The good news is that you can always rely on a good old British spirit – and queue – in the most unlikely of places! Queues are a great place to make friends and get festival recommendations, so make the most of your time in line. Keep a sense of humour about it all as you move around town and an open mind: swap any emerging ‘crowd rage’ for a lovely dose of ‘festival fever’.

Festival Info – planning your trip
Festival Info – planning your trip

With thousands of shows in more than 300 venues, the Fringe is the largest arts festival on earth! So whether you’re a seasoned Fringe visitor, performer or this is your first experience of the festival, there is always a fair bit of planning required to make the most of what’s on offer.

You will find a lot of information in the Official Fringe Programme, including maps of all venues, and on the Edinburgh Fringe website. You can easily search and book tickets to every show on the Fringe at or via their official App for iPhone and Android and then pick your tickets up at one of The Fringe collection points situated all over the city. Or you could just pop into the Fringe Festival Box Office.

Getting to Edinburgh

We know that the Fringe will leave you wanting more, but the journey to Edinburgh is part of the fun too. Whether travelling by rail or road, via the Highlands or the Borders, the landscape is spectacularly breath-taking.

Car Share

The ultimate green initiative, car-sharing is one of the best options for travelling to Edinburgh. You save on costs while saving the planet! You can find more information about Edinburgh car sharing from the links below.

By Road

The journey to Edinburgh is a scenic treat by either car or bus. Edinburgh is connected to the East Coast of the UK via the A1(M); a short trip to Glasgow on the M8 connects you to most cities in the West via the M6 and the Lake District. Coach services run directly to Edinburgh from throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

By Rail

Waverley station (Edinburgh’s main railway station) is ideally positioned in the heart of the city, close to most festival destinations and the many bus routes servicing Princes Street (the main shopping street). You can plan your train journey at The Trainline

By Air

Edinburgh International Airport is served by most domestic carriers and several international operators. The airport is easy to reach from the city, located just eight miles (12 km) west of Edinburgh city centre.

For information on travelling to and from the airport, visit

Getting around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a compact city and the majority of venues are located within easy walking distance of each other. During August, the quickest way to get between venues can often be on foot.


Edinburgh has plenty of cyclists, so if you’re thinking of bringing your bike along you will be in good company. But remember the city is quite hilly!


Edinburgh’s network of buses is excellent, covering not just the city but also its outskirts; most venues are never far from a bus stop.


The newly opened tramline runs direct from Edinburgh Airport to York Place via Princes Street and St Andrew Square. There are various ticketing options which work across both tram and bus.

For more information on routes and timetables go to Transport for Edinburgh. Or download The Transport for Edinburgh smartphone travel app which has lots of information to help you plan your journey.


There are a variety of taxi ranks dotted around central Edinburgh. Look for the unmistakable black cabs: an orange light on top means the taxi is available for hire.

Edinburgh at festival time wouldn’t be Edinburgh without the athletic rickshaw drivers who cycle around the city. It’s one of those unmissable experiences but remember to always agree the price of your fare in advance.


If you are bringing your own car Fountainbridge has limited FREE parking which is available on a first come, first served basis which cannot be booked in advance. Otherwise Edinburgh has limited parking and strict restrictions in place. In the city centre the vast majority of parking is pay and display – always check the instructions on the meter and carry plenty of coins with you or register with RingGo (see link below)and pay via a payment card.

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is an historical city situated on the East Coast of Scotland on the Firth Of Forth. Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It has two distinct areas both UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites: the Old Town, dominated by Edinburgh Castle; and the neoclassical New Town.

Home of the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh is enriched with culture and literature, fine architecture, beautiful parks and galleries, including The National Gallery of Scotland, and has a small city centre that’s easily walkable.

Well-known visitor attractions include Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House separated by the historical Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scott Monument, the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden.

A festival city, Edinburgh hosts 12 festivals each year, including the Fringe - Science Festival, Imaginate Children's Festival, Film Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival, Art Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, International Festival, Book Festival, Mela Festival, Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh's Hogmanay. More information is available at