Everything you need to know before visiting the International Festival.
Plan your journey with the help of Traveline Scotland or download the Traveline Scotland app.
Waverley Station is located in the heart of the city. For timetables and fare enquiries go to National Rail.
Edinburgh Airport is eight miles outside the city centre, with regular bus and tram connections. For more information go to Edinburgh Airport.
Please consider the environmental impact of your chosen form of transport. Travelling by train or bus can often take the same length of time as flying when you consider check-in times. We encourage our audiences to think green and explore the city on foot, by bike or by public transport wherever possible. You can find an online guide to cycling and walking in the city at Edinburgh Council.
For information about bus and tram services visit Transport for Edinburgh or download the Transport for Edinburgh app.
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental is a proud supporter of the Edinburgh International Festival. With branches at Edinburgh Airport, Seafield and Sighthill, Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental is the perfect choice if you’re planning a trip to the Edinburgh International Festival in 2023. Their customers think so too, giving them a five-star Trustpilot rating.
Transportation apps including CityMapper and Gett operate in Edinburgh, along with many different taxi companies. If you're planning to travel by taxi, you may want to book your journey in advance to ensure you arrive on time at your chosen event.
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental is a proud supporter of the Edinburgh International Festival. With branches at Edinburgh Airport, Seafield and Sighthill, Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental is the perfect choice if you’re planning a trip to the Edinburgh International Festival in 2023. Their customers think so too, giving them a five-star Trustpilot rating. They are delighted to offer ticket buyers a 20% discount on car hire. Use the code ‘FEST’ to claim the discount by visiting their website to book online, or call 0141 237 4374.
Terms and conditions
Hire must be collected between the 24 April – 31 August 2023 (both dates inclusive and subject to availability) to receive this offer. 24-hour minimum hire. Offer valid on daily car rental bookings only. Excludes vans, nine-seater vehicles, dual control hires and additional services (additional driver, dash cam, excess waiver, refund guarantee and child seats). The discount code ‘FEST’ must be quoted in person, over the phone or redeemed online. For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before hire. One day of vehicle hire will be charged for cancellations made less than 48 hours before the hire is due to commence. If you opt to pay the refund guarantee charge when booking, you can cancel at any time and receive a full refund, including the £5 original fee you paid for the guarantee. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No alternative options available. Arnold Clark reserves the right to refuse rental and to amend terms and conditions without notice. Valid while stocks last.
Partner Hotels & Restaurants
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
1 Festival Square
+44 (0) 131 229 9131
One Square Bar & Brasserie
1 Festival Square
+44 (0) 131 229 9131
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
+44 (0) 131 222 8888
Edinburgh during the Festival can be a very busy place, so we recommend booking restaurants ahead of time, especially if you have a particular location in mind or a large party.
Scotland is famous for its historic landmarks, its outstanding natural beauty and of course its vibrant festivals.
Discover fantastic things to do, holiday inspiration, places to stay, local tips and more from the Scottish tourist service at Visit Scotland.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival| 14–23 July
Edinburgh Art Festival | 11–27 August
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo| 4–26 August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe | 4–28 August
Edinburgh International Book Festival | 12–28 August
You can find more information on Edinburgh’s ten major festivals at Edinburgh Festival City.