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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Last year, the Fringe saw over 50,000 performances take place throughout Edinburgh. As the world’s largest arts festival, the Fringe offers something to suit almost everyone’s taste – from comedy to dance, theatre to cabaret, children’s shows and much more!


Taking place throughout Edinburgh, the Fringe featured a cool 300 venues in last year’s festival. This allows a barrage of talented performers from all over the world to come and showcase their talents right on in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.

Some of the bigger venues to look out for include the Underbelly, Assembly Rooms and Gilded Balloon; but why not go and see a show in one of the smaller venues dotted across the city too? Who knows, you might just uncover the next big name in music, comedy, drama or any of the other arts that are being championed at this year’s Fringe.


Transport around Edinburgh is seamlessly easy thanks to the award-winning Lothian Bus and Tram services. Alternatively, if you are travelling from outside Edinburgh, you can get the train into Haymarket or Edinburgh Waverley train station or the bus into Edinburgh Bus Station. Most of the Fringe’s 300 venues are either a short walk, bus or taxi journey away from these main transport hubs. This makes the experience of the Fringe more enjoyable as it is so easy to navigate around the city.


The Fringe Box Office is the only place to buy tickets for the Fringe. The easiest way to book is online at or via the app. You can also book over the phone on 0131 226 000 or alternatively in person at the box office located on the High Street or at Edinburgh Waverley train station. If you are picking up tickets you’ve bought online, remember to bring the card you paid with or you won’t be able to collect them.

Although this isn’t the case for all shows, one of the top tips for this year’s Fringe is to have a wander down the Royal Mile and speak to people promoting their shows - you might just bag yourself a free ticket!

The Royal Mile is also a great place to go and watch street performers show their stuff. You can see everything from unicycle bunny hops to juggling fire!

Hot Tickets

Tickets for some shows sell out quickly, so to see bigger acts, such as Daniel Sloss, Stephen K Amos and Limmy, it’s better to get tickets now to avoid disappointment!

The Underground Railroad Game is also looking to be a crowd favourite at this year’s Fringe. It is a contemporary comedy about two teachers discussing the topics of debate in America today and in the past.

Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy also sold out quickly, so to satisfy the demand, he has put on some extra dates. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets!

Top Tips

With thousands of half-price tickets available every day, The Virgin Money Half Price Hut is the place to grab a bargain. They offer tickets for shows that day and in the morning of the following day. Other tickets can be bought for 2 for 1. Just look out for the 2 for 1 symbol when searching for shows.

There are also 1,200 groups performing hundreds of family friendly shows daily, including buskers, street performers, living statues, balloon twisters and face painters.

With so much going on during the Fringe make sure you don’t miss a thing and share your stories and recommendations below.


Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 


  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Additionally, I've just read an article about free fringe tickets for disabled reviewers that I thought might be of interest to some people! More information about accessibility at the Fringe and how to request reviewer tickets can be found at Euan's Guide
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • JemyJemy Member ✭✭
    A group of us go each year, we always seem to end up with a drink and some food and waiting for performers to come up to us and sell us their show. You can find some real hidden gems this way, also you run the risk of a bad show but I think finding up and coming talent is well worth the risk. 
  • Would definitely say the Virgin Money half price hut is a good shout, my family meet up with my best friend & her family every year and we go there to see what's on offer that night so it's a bit of a surprise. With having so much choice it's sometimes good to do it that way as you end up seeing something you may never have picked had you planned in advance, and you get a bargain  :) 
  • KazW8aKazW8a Member ✭✭
    @KatieMacCor96 totally agree. The brilliant thing about the Fringe is going with the flow, picking an unknown act or a venue you’ve never been in before. Never disappointing as the experience, whatever it turns out to be, is all part of the fun in the backdrop of a wonderful city with a great vibe! Just go to hang out! 
  • VisitScotAnnieroseVisitScotAnnierose Member, Administrator, Moderator

    For anyone that likes improv, the Fringe is the place to be! 

    I usually try and see these August regulars, but there is so much more out there!

    • Austentatious - an improvised Jane Austen novel with costumes and music and everything. 13:10 at MacEwan Hall.
    • The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock In – silly songs, dances and sketches featuring a guest star comedian every night. Last time I went the guest star was Dave Benson Phillips from Get Your Own Back. It was amazing. They do a daytime (not rude) version too. 22:50 at the Pleasance.
  • VisitScotAnnieroseVisitScotAnnierose Member, Administrator, Moderator

    Also! £5 tickets from 1- 5 August for folks with EH postcode: 
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