Getting to Edinburgh Festival Locations and City Centre

Only 25 mins to and from City Centre and Main Venues on Public Transport.

Public Transport runs to and from the City Centre and main Venues 24 hrs a day.

Bring your bike – 40 min / 7.5 mile bike ride to City centre

Edinburgh Festival Camping is situated at the lovely Royal Highland Centre on the west side of Edinburgh,within minutes of the M8 and M9 and on one of the main transport routes into the city.

Click here for more information about our location, directions and maps on how to get here…

General Bus and Tram Information



Day & Night

  • There is a bus stop a 5 min walk from the campsite with buses running 24 hours a day into the city centre.
  • Buses to the city centre start as early of 5:10am with the last bus departing at 12.15am
  • Citylink buses operate 24 hours day. Approximately every 30 minutes between 5am-12am, and every 60 minutes between 12am-5am.
  • Lothian Country X17, and X18 run between 5.10am-12.50am and from every 20 minutes between 9.25am – 3.44pm.
  • First, Lothian Country & Citylink buses run from the campsite to the city centre and return.
  • The Edinburgh Trams run every 7-10 minutes from 6.20am till 22.50pm.



The nearest Tram stop is at Ingliston Park and Ride; this is a 20 minute walk from the campsite, or you can drive there (5 mins) and park for free (a great option if you have young children).


Trams run DAILY from 6.20am, with the last one returning from the city at 22.50pm. We recommend you download the Edinburgh Trams App for live updates as times are subject to change during the festival season.


You can pay your fare by the app, cash or card at the machines at the tram stops.

Bus and Tram Fares


Any single journey on any “First” bus or tram to and from the city centre – Adult £1.80 / Child 90p


Day Ticket to use on Lothian buses and trams (does not include night bus) – Adult £4.50 / Child £2


Family Day Ticket for 2 adults & up to 3 children (Lothian buses and trams) £9.00


Weekly Ridacard (Lothian buses and trams) – Adult £20 / Junior (5-15) £10


N.B. In our experience you are best off buying single journeys as it means you can use any of the different transport companies.


Please also be aware that most buses and public transport are asking customers to go concatless, and may not provide change back if you choose to pay in cash.

Planning Your Travel

You can easily plan your travel at , they provide up to date timetables and routes, all you need to do is put in your start location.


NB: For public transport we reccomned you use either ‘Ratho Station, Opp Station Road On Glasgow Road’ as the from/to location,  or  ‘Ingliston Park & Ride (Edinburgh Trams)’ from location only due to its dual carriageway location.



When using Google mapping and google travel services simply search for ‘Edinburgh Festival Camping’. We are listed as a Google location.


        Bringing your bike? Get a complete map of the city’s off street cycle paths


How to get from Edinburgh Festival Camping to:

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Venues


There will be over 300 venues located around the city of Edinburgh so it’s impossible to direct you to them all! Edinburgh is a compact city so most venues can be walked to from one and other. There will be Venue maps published by The Fringe Society near the time available from the box office.

The International Festival Concert Venues


There are various Concert & Recital Venues.  We have detailed directions to a few of the main ones for you. Most are within walking distance of one another within the city though.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival


All events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival take place in venues situated in Charlotte Square Gardens, a beautiful Georgian Square just off the west end of Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh. You can’t miss it. Entry to the Gardens is free.

The Royal Military Tattoo


The Royal Military Tatoo takes place at the famous Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.

The Mela


The Mela is on Leith Links with the main entrance just off Duncan Place, by the children’s play area. Postcode EH6 8HW.