The Edinburgh Festivals 2019 on a budget
The most up to date advice on how to make your money go the furthest at the Edinburgh Festivals and Fringe 2019. If you’re on a budget, or looking for the cheapest trip without forfeiting on attending paid shows, this is for you!
1. GET THERE EARLY
Getting to the Edinburgh Festivals for the start of the Festival is the best tip we can give on making the most out the Fringe. If you have a number of paid shows you want to check out, try to get to their Previews – you’ll pay a fraction of the price. Some performers even give away free tickets to get bums on seats and recommendations. Or if you’re there for the first Monday and Tuesday of the Fringe (5th-6th August 2019), a number of shows participate in the Fringe’s 2 For 1 offer.
Edinburgh Festival Camping is offering Half Price Tent Hire for Opening Day stays in Pre-Pitched Tents and Bell Tents on 1st August 2019.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and International Festival all begin on the 2nd August 2019.
2. THE FREE FRINGE & FREE FESTIVAL
Of course, you can always make it to the vast number of Free Shows throughout the Festival month. The two main free Fringe programmes are put on by PBH’s Free Fringe and the Laughing Horse’s Free Festival. Usually this works by the audience giving a voluntary donation at the end of the show, so you can pay what you think it’s worth.
3. THE VIRGIN MONEY HALF PRICE HUT
For last minute bookers who are booking for Fringe Shows that day or the following morning, the Virgin Money Half Price Hut on The Mound is the place to grab a bargain. There are literally thousands of half price tickets available, searchable online and through the Fringe App during the Fringe.
4. CARRY YOUR REUSEABLE CUP AND GET DISCOUNTED TEA & COFFEE
Don’t forget to carry your own takeaway cup so you can enjoy discounted tea and coffee. Edinburgh is a place for coffee lovers and the city certainly has it’s fair share of talented baristas – you definitely don’t want to miss out on this!
5. STAY SOMEWHERE BUDGET FRIENDLY
It goes without saying that you can massively reduce your overall Fringe costs by picking an affordable accommodation option. Camping is a fantastic option – it is summer after all! – and you can pay a fraction of what it costs to stay in a 12 bed dorm in the city.
Edinburgh Festival Camping offers camping for £16 per adult per night (£5.50 for children aged 3-15) and tent hire for as little as £11 per night if you can’t be bothered to put up a tent. Our aim to be an affordable accommodation choice for our customers is also reflected in our cafe and bar prices so you won’t be stung when you tuck into a bacon roll in the morning or dram of whisky with us in the evening.
6. TRANSPORT IS AFFORDABLE SO DON’T WORRY ABOUT STAYING FURTHER AFIELD
Transport is regular, operating 24 hours a day and super affordable in Edinburgh. An Adult Single on First Buses and the tram are £1.70 from Edinburgh Festival Camping to the city centre and Weekly and Monthly Passes are available too. Try to remember to carry the right change though as not all buses give change.
7. PARTICIPATING IN THE FESTIVALS? USE YOUR PASS FOR DISCOUNTS!
Local businesses offering discounts on a range of goods and services – coffees, burgers, gym memberships, books – will accept your Performer Pass. Check out who’s offering a discount in the Fringe Central Events Programme or on the Edfringe website – and don’t be shy to ask! If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
8. EAT LIKE A NORMAL PERSON
Just because you’re in a different city, it doesn’t mean you have to eat out all the time! Go to the supermarket and cook at your accommodation or take a packed lunch and a few snacks into town. Don’t forfeit experiencing Haggis, Neeps and Tatties or going to a Whisky Tasting, just remember that a little bit of preparation each day could pay for these!