Edinburgh Festival Fringe Travel Deals

by Jessica

July 14th, 2011

fringe1Edinburgh is a popular enough place to visit any time of the year, but for most of the month of August the city is transformed into one gigantic open-air arts festival. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – lovingly known simply as “The Fringe” – is the biggest arts festival anywhere, and rather than being just a fancy festival with art or theatre exhibits behind closed doors, The Fringe spills out into the streets of Edinburgh, so that everywhere you look there’s performance art going on. It’s a feast for the senses.

Because the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh is so popular, however, it can make planning a trip to Edinburgh in August quite complicated – not to mention expensive. Hotels and hostels book up well in advance, for instance, and even if you’re on the ball and book ahead of time you’re going to notice the room rates are higher than normal. But perhaps the biggest expense of your trip to Edinburgh – especially if you’re traveling from far away – is going to be your airfare. Not only is the Festival Fringe a big draw for thousands of people, it also falls right in the midst of the peak tourist season in Europe. That’s two counts against anyone who’s a budget traveler.

Still, there are ways to find Edinburgh Festival Fringe travel deals, and we’ve talked about some of them in a series of articles this past week. You’ll find links to those articles below – including what airports to fly into if you’re coming to Edinburgh from overseas, and how to find cheap airfare no matter which airport you’re flying into.

>> Keep in mind that the also-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place at roughly the same time as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so that will mean there’s even more to see – and even more reason to do your homework when looking for travel deals to Edinburgh.

>> The 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 3-27 August
>> This Scotland travel guide is a good resource for travels throughout the country

The 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe program is the largest in the festival’s history, with more than 2500 events, including more than 1300 premiering for the first time. Some of the highlights are listed in this press release from the festival’s office, but it’s hard to see how anyone could go wrong this year.

How to Find Cheap Airfare to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The tips included in this article are handy ones to keep in mind whenever you travel – no matter where you’re flying, or when you’re planning your trip. But when you combine air travel (which is already expensive) with the double-whammy of a popular destination and a popular time of year to visit, you end up with prices on air tickets that are higher than usual. Which is why it’s even more important to learn some tricks to finding cheap airfare.

>> Read more about finding cheap airfare to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh

How to Get to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Luckily for travelers, this is one summer festival that’s not out in the middle of nowhere or difficult to reach. Edinburgh is well-connected by rail networks, highways, bus lines, and air travel – and since the Festival Fringe takes over many of the city streets, you don’t have to worry too much about finding the festival once you’re in Edinburgh. The festival finds you. Still, here’s a run-down on the options you have for getting to Edinburgh in the first place.

>> Read more about getting to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh

Airports to Use for Edinburgh Festival Fringe

You’d probably guess that the best option for flying to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe would be to fly into Edinburgh’s airport – and you’d be right. But if you’re having trouble finding low fares on flights into Edinburgh, there are some other airports in the area you can try as well. And having more options always makes budget travelers better able to stay on budget.

>> Read more about what airports to fly into for the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh

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