Whether you're just visiting Edinburgh or have lived here all your life, there's a lot to learn about the city for the three weeks of the Fringe. Over 3,000 separate shows cram into almost 300 venues, with almost 50,000 individual performances spanning 25 jam-packed days. On these pages, you'll find the know-how you need to make the most of it all.

CalendarPlan your Fringe

You’ve booked your trip and you have your eye on some shows… probably, more shows than you could possibly hope to see in the time you have available.  It’s time to put it all together - and whether you choose to fill your days or prefer to take it easy, you’ll want to spend a little while working out your schedule for the Festival.

A day at the Festival

Festival time management

What to expect at the venue

Hands holding ticketsGet the tickets

You might expect buying the tickets to be the easy part of Festival planning - but in Edinburgh, it's not always that way. With two quite different ways to get into the shows you want to see, it's worth taking a moment to understand your options.

Understanding booking options

Booking with the Fringe

Booking with the venue

Pound coinSave money

Sad to say, the stellar expansion of the Fringe over the last ten years has been echoed by ballooning ticket prices. A visit to the festival is never going to be cheap, but there's no need to panic if you're feeling the pinch: with a little cunning and flexibility, you can cut the daily cost of your trip without sacrificing any of the Edinburgh experience.

Finding ticket deals

Free shows

Shows on the street