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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Travel Deals

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.

How to Get to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

fringe4No matter where you’re coming from to go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you have one thing in common with everyone else who will be there – you need to figure out how to get to Edinburgh from where you are. If you’re coming from overseas, that could mean flying to Edinburgh Airport and getting a shuttle into the city. If you’re coming from England or Scotland, that could mean taking a train or coach to Edinburgh.

Whichever method of transportation – or combination of methods – you need to use, it’s a good idea to have as much of it sorted out before you’re supposed to leave home for the festival. This is a massive event, so it may not work to just hope that you find a train ticket or an available rental car when and where you need them.

Here are your options for how to get to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe.

>> The 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 3-27 August
>> Don’t miss this Scotland travel guide

Airports to Use for Edinburgh Fringe Festival

fringe2Anyone who’s traveling to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from far away will no doubt immediately search for flights to Edinburgh, assuming flying into the city named in the festival title is your best and only option. It may be the most convenient airport to fly into, but it’s definitely not the only choice you have – and when you’re hunting for the cheapest airfare you can find, having more choices is always a good thing.

Here are the airports you might want to consider when you’re looking for cheap flights to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe. With any of the airports listed below, it’s a good idea to look at what it would cost to book your trip directly to that airport from your home airport – but don’t stop there. Also look at flights into other major European hub airports – like London, Dublin, Paris, or Amsterdam – and then look for cheap flights into Edinburgh (or the other airports listed below) from there.

You may find an excellent deal on a flight into one of those other major European hubs, and because there are so many budget airlines in Europe you stand a good chance of finding a great deal on a short flight from there to Edinburgh or Glasgow or one of the other airports listed below. The things to keep in mind when you’re considering this option are that it does require more planning on your part, since you don’t have one ticket taking care of all your flights, and you’ll also want to take into account the cost of any ground transportation you need to incorporate into your plan. If the cost of the ground transport outweighs the savings of flying into a different country, then it’s probably not worth the hassle.

>> The 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 3-27 August
>> Check this Scotland travel guide for more information, too

How to Find Cheap Airfare to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

fringe3Edinburgh is probably the most popular place to visit in Scotland at any time of the year, but during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the city explodes with hundreds of thousands of people who flood in from all over the world to take place in the biggest arts festival on earth.

Getting tickets to the events isn’t as hard as you’d think – there are performances going on all day every day for three weeks straight, not to mention street performances that require no admission whatsoever – so for many the biggest hurdle to seeing the Festival Fringe is the airfare to get there. Finding cheap airfare to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival can be challenging, given that it’s right in the midst of the high season and also a popular European destination.

Here are some tips that should help you find cheap airfare to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe – and they’re also tips that will help you find cheap airfare almost anywhere you’re going, whenever you’re traveling.

>> The 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 3-27 August

Summer Flights to Scotland

kilts.jpgAh Scotland. The land where golf was invented, kilts are an acceptable fashion statement and where 13% of the population has red hair, the highest percentage of any country in the world. It is also home to the oldest national flag still in existence, a place where it is illegal to be in possession of cow while under the influence of drink, and a land where if someone comes to your house to ask to use your bathroom, you must by law allow them to enter.

If for no other reason than easy access to a toilet, Scotland is a country that should be on your vacation destination. In addition to the open bathroom policy, it is a land that holds many wonders. Its history is rich, its scenery at times beautiful and its people are as welcoming as they come. Its chief tourist city Edinburgh is a world-class city that is second only to London in number of visitors per year in the UK. Many of them come in the summer months when the city is alive with one festival after another.

Scotland can be in your travel plans this summer thanks to some decently priced tickets from BMI. Just remember to pack your kilt and your courage. You might need a braveheart to eat some of the traditional Scottish cuisine.