If you’re planning a trip to Scotland’s vibrant capital city, Edinburgh, you may want to schedule it in August around the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With an emphasis on comedy and theatre, the Fringe is the world’s biggest and most iconic arts festival. With more than 57,000 performances and more than 3,500 shows including street performers, art exhibitions, stand-up comedy, dance performances, cabaret, spoken word, live music and more...
For a fantastic taster of the festivals, watch this video by travel blogger Dan Flying Solo after he went to the festivals in August 2016:
Due to immense popularity, tickets for shows at the Fringe are on sale at least 3-6 months before the start of the festival. Check all the show listings and buy your tickets direct from EdFringe.com. If your favourite comedian is sold out or you're looking for shows on a stricter budget, don't fret, the Free Edinburgh Festival runs alongside the official festival, hosting an array of arts performances from comedy and live music to children's shows, busking and spoken word, all for free!
Make sure you don't forget to schedule in time to enjoy the other festivals taking place in August. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Arts Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival all happen in August so you're spoilt for choice! Check out Festivals Edinburgh for information on all of the festivals occuring in August and throughout the year.
Travelling there and getting around the city
Whether you're travelling to Edinburgh by plane, train or automobile, it's very convenient to get to and from the city as well as explore once you've arrived. Hop on the Caledonian Sleeper overnight train from London and arrive in the Scottish capital first thing in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to hit the streets, otherwise LNER has plenty of trains travelling between London and Edinburgh throughout the day.
Edinburgh Airport is located eight miles west of the city and it's very easy to get into the centre of town.There are express bus services running at least every 10 minutes, or you can hop on a tram and reach the heart of the Scottish capital in 30 minutes. If you plan to drive to Edinburgh, be aware that there is limited parking and strict restrictions throughout the city.
The best way to explore and get around Edinburgh during the Fringe is most definitely by foot and bicycle. The city is very compact and the majority of venues are located in close proximity to one another.