Edinburgh Fringe for Free

Visit the Edinburgh Fringe for as little as £21.50 per day!

The World famous Edinburgh 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!


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 lively Fringe Venue 368 right on site. 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 for £5 a night or even book a kitted out 2 man or 4 man pre-pitched tent from an extra £10 per night.

Getting to the Edinburgh Festivals:

There are 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 a 5 minute walk to the nearest bus stop or a 15 minute walk to the tram stop. By either you can be in the City in 30 minutes! If you are visiting the Festival for more than 1 day it’s far more cost effective to purchase a Rida 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 is 7 miles to the City Centre so easy if you plan to cycle 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 Fringe Festival itself…

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. Alternatively you can pick up The PBH Free Fringe Programme where, yes, you guessed it, every show is FREE…. and if you like what you’ve seen you are encouraged to make a donation – up to you. In our opinion it’s wise to download the official FRINGE APP and pick up a programme 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 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. 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 – and the chances are you’ll be able to watch a free performance at the same time!

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 a bargain for under 16s at just £5 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!

The cost to visit the Fringe on a shoe string per person per day:

Accommodation – £15pppn

Transport – approx £1.50 a day

Festival tickets – Free – £12 depending on how many shows and street performers you watch!

Food/refreshments – £5-£10 – you can really spend as much as you like!

TOTAL: £21.50 per adult

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