Edinburgh Fringe hacks: How to see a world’s largest humanities festival on a budget

Edinburgh Fringe hacks: How to see a worlds largest humanities festival on a budget
There’s always so many going on (Picture: Getty)

At initial glance, streamer to a Edinburgh Fringe (August 4 to 28) can seem prohibitively expensive.

You have to cruise about transport and accommodation, and thereafter there is a emanate of a tickets to see a shows.

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Not unequivocally bill accessible when we cruise that even beds in 16-person dormitories can go for over £60 a night.

However, after holding partial in it for a past 5 years, we have some super savvy Fringe hacks we can use to see it all on a budget.


Vector painting of palm drawn male sleeping on a sofa
Accommodation doesn’t need to cost a happening (Picture: Getty)

Forget hotels, hostels and Airbnb – performers and attention forms are your friends.

Many will sinecure flats for a whole of a run, and to assistance with costs, they will mostly have a ‘spare room’ (ie a lounge) accessible as and when for anyone peaceful to chuck them some coin.

It’s all unequivocally unofficial, so be good and send respectful emails.

Also, there will be a bolt of associate performers who have had to cancel during a last-minute, or competence even have to leave a festival so their bedrooms will be adult for grabs.

In my case, we hired a 7 bedroom prosaic for 6 people one year, out of perfect desperation, and finished adult employing out a seventh bedroom as and when.

Pros: It’s cheaper than hotels, nicer than hostels and we get to spend time with people who are holding partial in a festival.

Cons: You competence have to spend time with people who are holding partial in a festival. So make them a crater of tea and kindly advise they have an apple occasionally..

But don’t start essay to Jimmy Carr to ask if we can us his sofa.

Instead, we can find posts and make your possess enquiries in places such as the Edinburgh Fringe Performers Forum.


 A sight belonging to Megabus association is parked during La Reserve area,
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As ever, it’s best to book as many in allege as we can.

While sight tickets will expected have been snapped up, manager companies like Megabus are still charity journeys from London to Edinburgh for £10-12. Admittedly it’s a bit of a trek during 9 hours.

National demonstrate are also doing overnight coaches for £12, so maybe take a sham and get comfy.


An Edinburgh Festival Fringe hostess performs on a Royal Mile
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Edinburgh Fringe has an extraordinary preference of shows we can see that are positively free.

Laughing equine have a good selection, and PBH’s Free Fringe have had award-winning shows and performers in their venues, including Sofie Hagen and Richard Gadd.

The large border beam doesn’t uncover all a giveaway border shows (after all, performers are on a bill too), so squeeze a Wee Blue Book from one of a many people handing it out for free, or download a PBH Free Fringe app.

However, while they are giveaway to go in, they’re not giveaway to leave. Make certain we leave a concession in a bucket thereafter as performers have to compensate their possess way, too.

Pyratrix Circus attends a photocall during Studio 24 for a uncover 'Alice in Wasteland'
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If we wish to see a ticketed show, a initial Monday and Tuesday (August 7 and 8) have 2-for-1 offers. Sometimes, we can even get a disreputable comp from flyerers outward a venue, yet we wouldn’t bank on this during all.

The Half Price Ticket Hut on a Mound Precinct will hit 50% off tickets to certain shows each day, so get there early to squeeze a bargain.

You can also request to examination shows for several sites and get your tickets totally free.

Each one has a opposite set of skills so make certain we check their discipline thoroughly. At a time of writing, Fringe guru, Broadway Baby and Fringe Review were only some of a vital sites looking for volunteers.


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You might have good intentions of cooking your own, and that’s only dandy. However, you’re in Edinburgh! Make a many of it, cheaply.

Everyone, ever, is going to suggest a Mosque Kitchen in Nicolson Square – and so they should. They offer a good selection, including vegetarian and vegan food.

Wings in Old Fishmarket Close is also a favourite, with a ‘Ninja wings, good beer, good price’. So good, in fact, there’s mostly a wait. So we wish we hadn’t told we about it now.

If you’re hastily between shows in Cowgate, squeeze a cut of a best pizza I’ve ever had from a small pop-up underneath St George IV Bridge. You’ll find it, only follow a smell. Or me.

Make income during a Fringe

 A male hands out flyers during a Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Yes, it’s even probable to make income while you’re during a fringe.

If you’re chatty, have an effusive personality, and get eager about shows thereafter we are all desperately acid for flyerers during each indicate of a Fringe.

Again, it’s a good approach to accommodate performers, see shows and get some inside info if you’re meddlesome in behaving during a Fringe yourself one day.

Fringe Flyerer Network is a place to conduct to. You can get paid upwards of £10 an hour, and infrequently a reward if we fill a room for many of a shows.

Perform during a Fringe

Ennio Marchetto in The Living Paper Cartoon during a Pleasance as partial of a Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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If you’re a budding stand-up comic, there are many gathering shows that will let we have 5 mins of theatre time.

Look for a ones on a giveaway fringe, and dump them an email beforehand. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, only ask whoever is using a uncover you’re watching.

Often, there will be drop-outs and we’ll need last-minute replacements, generally in a final week.

Be good yet and don’t go over your 5 minutes, generally if you’re a newbie. Plus, it might demeanour easy, yet don’t cruise we can wing it. Have something prepared.

See a Fringe in London

In June/July, performers are gearing adult and mostly do previews during several venues in London. This is where we can see them cheaply, or even for free.

Google your favourites to see if they’re personification anywhere, or keep an eye on inventory sites.

It’s not as many fun though, we can guarantee we that.

Edinburgh Fringe unequivocally is an extraordinary experience, and it’s a contrition it can be so expensive. But there are ways around it, and hopefully we can suffer it all but spending a fortune.

Now spend all a income you’ve saved by entrance to see my uncover ‘Crossbones’ from Aug 3 to 27.

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