City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe 2018


By edg - Posted on 02 February 2017

Virgin arches on the Royal Mile
Event details
Time: 
Friday, August 3, 2018 (All day) - Monday, August 27, 2018 (All day)
Telephone (info): 
0131 226 0026
Telephone (box office): 
0131 226 0000 / 0131 226 0036 (Friends of the Fringe)

The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".

The stats bear that out: 2017 saw 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues across Scotland’s capital city. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There are hundreds of free shows and pay-what-you-want shows at the Fringe as well.

Each year, EG's Fringe team follows the drama, on stage and behind the scenes at the Fringe.

Fringe Festival Coverage

Fringe Tickets

The first batch of Fringe tickets go on sale on 1st February, with a fresh batch of tickets released each month up until the 6th June when the Fringe 2018 programme is launched.

The 2018 Fringe Programme is free from outlets around town and in digital form on the Fringe web site. Tickets can be bought online, over the phone, and in person at the Fringe Box Office and at 20 outlets around Edinburgh (see the Fringe tickets web site details).

Tickets can also be bought by card from the Edinburgh Airport kiosk from the first week of the Fringe (24hrs).

A booking fee of 80p per ticket (up to a maximum of £4.80) is applied to all bookings, including in person counter sales, except on tickets purchased from the Half Price Hut. Discounts are available for students, over-60s, unemployed, etc. There's often a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.

Fringe Ticket Deals

Tickets for shows generally tend to be cheaper at the start of the Fringe festival, with special deals at most venues and ticket giveaways to get bums on seats during the crucial first week when the press are in. Many shows also offer concessions for children, families, students, registered unemployed, customers with disabilities, and senior citizens. Groups of 10 can often get a discount of 10%.

Among the ticket deals you'll find a number of shows have two-for-one deals when buying a full price ticket on 6th and 7th August 2018.

The Fringe half price hut has deals from around the second week til end of August (10am-9pm).

Tickets to BBC shows at George Heriot's school are free but due to popularity are distributed by a random draw. See tickets to BBC at Edinburgh's Festivals.

There's also a host of performers and free shows along the Royal Mile and outside the National Galleries at the foot of The Mound.

There are also many free and pay what you want shows throughout August, not just at the Fringe but at all the Edinburgh Festivals. See our Edinburgh Festival for free guide.

Edinburgh Fringe reviews archive:

Edinburgh Festival Free shows