You don’t need to be earning the big bucks to enjoy what the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has to offer. Here are our top tips for doing the Fringe on a budget.

Grab a bargain at the Virgin Money Half Price Hut

With thousands of half price tickets available, the Virgin Money Half Price Hut on The Mound is the place to grab a bargain. The hut offers half price tickets for shows on the day of purchase and the following morning. Details of the shows can be found at the Virgin Money Half Price Hut, online and on the Fringe App during the Fringe. 

See free shows

Last year, there were nearly 700 free shows in the Fringe Programme so you’re bound to find a whole host of shows to suit your tastes. Free shows can be ticketed or non-ticketed so make sure that you book a ticket for any free ticketed shows that you’d like to see. You can filter free shows online and on the app.

Pay what you want

Some shows offer you the option to pay what you want for performances so all you need to do is turn up, enjoy the show and choose the ticket price for yourself. 

Preview a show

If you’re in Edinburgh in early August, another great way to make your money go further is to check out preview performances. Preview tickets are sold at a reduced rate and shows take place in the days before the Fringe officially starts. Dates for preview performances are highlighted PV icon in the Programme or you can browse online for shows with preview dates currently on sale.

Get 2for1tickets

In town on 06 or 07 August? Make sure you check out all the shows included in the 2for1 ticket offer on the first Monday and Tuesday of the Fringe. Browse the shows participating in the offer and currently on sale and split the cost with a pal.

Become a Friend

Friends of the Fringe get access to a range of great perks including 2for1 tickets on hundreds of shows, a dedicated box office and booking phone line plus 10% discount in the edfringe shop. You also get that warm, fuzzing feeling of supporting the Fringe Society, a registered charity.

Last year, over 60% of all shows at the Fringe offered 2for1 tickets to Friends. Check out all the shows included in the Friends 2for1 ticket offer this year.

Want to be Friends? Find out more or sign up today. You can also grab a £3 discount off a Friends membership when paying by direct debit, if you sign up before 22 May.

Watch world-class Street Events

The Virgin Money Street Events on the Royal Mile and Mound offer visitors jaw-dropping street performances in return for a donation of your choice. The Street Events include everything from circus, choirs, drumming groups, guitarists and bagpipers, all set to entertain audiences. A daily schedule of Street Events talent is available online during the Fringe.

Receive concession prices

The Fringe Box Office offers a reduced price on some tickets for students, registered unemployed, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and children under 18 so if you are eligible, it’s worth checking. A further concession is also often available for families of two adults and two children or one adults and three children under the age of 18.

Attending the Fringe in a large group? For many performances, a 10% discount for groups of 10 persons or more is available.

Walk to and from venues

Edinburgh is the perfect city to walk around and many Fringe venues are located close to each other, reducing the need to travel by taxi. The city is very well-connected with a fabulous bus service offering great value for money day, night and family tickets for travel all across Edinburgh.

Find out more about the free Transport for Edinburgh app

Enjoy a bargain tea or coffee

Many coffee shops and cafes offer a discount for using your own reusable mug so you can enjoy your favourite hot beverage at mates’ rates with the added bonus of doing your bit for the environment. If you don’t have one already, you can pick up a Fringe Keep Cup in a variety of colours in the edfringe shop or online

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Stay ahead of the game

During the Fringe, accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes, from B&Bs, university campuses and caravan parks to self-catering apartments and hostels. It pays to be organised so book early to avoid disappointment.

Perks for participants

If you’re performing at this year’s Fringe be sure to flash your performer pass at local businesses to receive a discount on everything from bagels and burgers to gym memberships and massages. You can find some of these at the back of the Fringe Central Events Programme.


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