Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for as little as £26 per day!
The World famous Fringe Festival doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg and here is our guide to doing the Fringe on a shoe string!
Accommodation: Camp – from just £15 per night per person. Edinburgh Festival Camping has set up the first ever festival campsite! You can now camp at the famous Royal Highland Showground in Ingliston on the outskirts of the City from just £15 per night and still enjoy hot showers, spacious pitches and soak up the atmosphere from the Hay & Bale Bar and the lively breakfast stage. There is loads going on, making this the perfect spot to start and finish your busy day at the festival around the BBQ. Or if you have a campervan/caravan you can upgrade your pitch or even book a 2 man or 4 man pre pitched tent for just an extra £15/£20 per night – split between a party of 4 thats just an extra fiver!
Getting to the festival: There will be over 200 venues located around the city of Edinburgh but Edinburgh is a compact city so most venues can be walked to – and we recommend this as the best way to soak up the Fringe madness and check out the many amazing street performers along the way – but remember to pack your comfy shoes! There will be Venue maps published by The Fringe Society that will be available from the campsite so once you hit the Town you’re away and getting to Town couldn’t be easier… From the campsite it is 10-15 minute walk to the nearest bus stop or the airport tram stop. By tram you can be in the City within 30 minutes and by bus within 37 minutes! If you are visiting the festival for more than 1 day it’s far more cost effective to purchase a Ride Card for just £17 which gives you UNLIMITED travel for the WEEK on the bus or the tram that’s less than £2.50per day. (We are currently in discussions with Transport for Edinburgh and hope to sell these at the campsite). Edinburgh is also brilliantly equipped for bikes with designated cycle paths and bike lock ups all over the City, the campsite to the City Centre is easily cycleable within 40 minutes and best of all it’s FREE! Or if you are travelling in a group of 3 or more it’s also worth checking out the cost of cabs into the City but remember vehicle access will be limited in the very centre so be prepared to walk a little way too.
The Festival: Once you arrive in the City there won’t be a shortage of things to see with dazzling street acts on every corner performing like buskers and simply passing a hat around for donations. The streets will be swarming with visitors, performers and promoters handing out flyers and if you make your way to the Virgin Money Half Price Hut on Mound Precinct you will be able to grab yourself a bargain with shows selling tickets for as little as £6.
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BUT remember the listings participating in the discount change all the time so it might be wise to download the official FRINGE APP and be open to see anything – it’s all part of the fun! Wandering down the Royal Mile in and out of cafe’s/bars in the backdrop of the castle is a real spectacle and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny – well apart from the cost of a wee dram or two maybe! There are also free shows to see all over the City, and if you head to the Three Sisters in the Grassmarket this is where you will find the Free Festival Fringe.
Refreshments/food: There is an abundance of different food options in the City from your regular cafes/bars to quirky restaurants offering specials for the Fringe to a whole host of delicious street food! If you shop around you can find yourself a tasty treat and even a Scottish delicacy for under a fiver.
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Or you can of course take your packed lunch and grab yourself a spot at one of the many stunning parks and gardens in the City – providing they are not occupied by performers that is!
If you are a family visiting the festival there are even more ways to grab a bargain with family travel cards available and cheaper show tickets for kids. Edinburgh Festival Camping is also half price for under 16s at just £7.50 per night and under 3s go free and there is lots to keep the kids entertained on the campsite from ball games to story telling, it’s all going on!
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Total cost to visit the Fringe on a shoe string per person per day:
Accommodation – £15-£20pp pn
Transport – £0 – £8
Festival tickets – £6-£12 depending on how many shows and street performers you watch!
Food/refreshments – £0-£10 – you can really spend as much as you like!
TOTAL: £26 – £50
That’s a total bargain in our book!