A vital chunk of our Trainline family work in our Edinburgh office, so we feel a special connection to the place. Here's everything you need to know about getting to Edinburgh Fringe Festival by train.
Where is Edinburgh Fringe?
Edinburgh Fringe Festival is everywhere, quite literally! The Fringe next runs between 7th and 31st August 2020, and during that time you'll struggle to walk down the city's streets, especially along The Royal Mile, without clapping eyes on at least one person in costume performing. Crowds queue outside theatres like The Playhouse (the UK's largest seated theatre) to watch everything from comedy to musicals. So naturally, with this many people visiting Edinburgh for The Fringe, you'd be right in thinking parking is a nightmare. Want our advice? Take the train to The Fringe instead!
Getting the train to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Waverley is the city's main train station, making it the ideal place to start your Fringe fun. From there, most events are within walking distance or a short bus ride. The train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley takes just four and a half hours. If you're a fan of a sea view, the train ride from Berwick-upon-Tweed is under an hour, going right along the coast. And, for those coming from further afield, we can help you find connecting tickets from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre.
Who's at Fringe 2020?
The full programme hasn't been released yet. But if you're looking for a laugh, side-splitting giggles will definitely be on the bill - last year's comedians Russell Howard and Seann Walsh brought down the house. Circus acts will be sure to have you ooh-ing and ahh-ing and if that's not enough there'll be a whole programme full of events like escape-room games, pottery exhibitions and even ghost tours.
More things to do in Edinburgh
Of course, Edinburgh's a great city to visit all year round. Whether it's on your doorstep, or you're taking a mini-break there, Scotland's capital has many an option for things to do. Animal lover? You soon will be after a trip to Edinburgh Zoo, home to the only giant pandas in the UK. Plan a trip to see these monochrome fuzzy-faces and see how much money you can save by booking an Advance train ticket with us! Set up a Ticket Alert now.
See the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles and brush up on your history at Edinburgh Castle. Or, learn how fiery Scotch whisky is made with a ride through a virtual distillery at the Scotch Whisky Experience.
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