It’s Fringe season in Edinburgh and we’re so excited to see the wealth of talent this year’s festival has to offer. From the UK’s top comedians to local actors and actresses, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the high standard of performers at this festival.
Just like every other Fringe-enthusiast we could spend hours gushing about all of the fantastic acts, but we’re here to address another issue, and that issue is transport; so if you’re planning to take the car to the festival, we’re talking to you.
Let’s cut to the chase, we all know that more cars on the road means greater levels air pollution which, ultimately, has a detrimental impact on our precious environment. While we could take this opportunity to go into great detail about these impacts to sway you away from taking the car, we’ve decided to give you a helping hand. We’re here to discuss the benefits of not travelling by car because, trust us, taking your car to a busy day at the Fringe is the last thing you want to be doing.
Parking in a city centre can be a nightmare at the best of times so imagine trying to find a space during the incredibly busy fringe season; it’s like mission impossible at times! In fact, between trying to source a space and making your way from that space into the hustle and bustle of the Fringe, you could end up wasting the first hour of your day. Plus if you’re making a day of it, an entire day’s parking in the city centre comes at a cost.
So, unless you enjoy trying to find a needle in a haystack or have the patience of a saint, we recommend switching off those engines. After all, who doesn’t want to spend more time exploring and less time stressing about parking.
Public transport is a fantastic service and we thoroughly believe not enough people make the most of it. While the obvious benefit of public transport is the reduction of cars on the road, there is a little more to it than just saving the environment.
By opting to travel on public transport you eliminate the need for a designated driver; this means you get to spend more time socialising as a group. Plus for groups of over 18’s, you can all relax and have a drink without someone sitting out (although remember to drink responsibly ladies and gentlemen).
Additionally, most transport services will drop you right in the city centre so you can arrive raring to go!
Whether you’re travelling from up North, down south or the central belt, we’re sure there’s plenty of busses and trains to cater for your journey. P.S. if you’re planning a family day out, see our previous blog for details on some of the fantastic child friendly public transport offers.
Our third and final benefit is a complete no brainer; if you don’t have the car, you limit your restrictions. You don’t have to plan your day around popular travel times, you’re not up against the parking ticket clock, you don’t need to stress about car park closing times… The list goes on!
While we too could go on in on, we believe that in limiting your restrictions through leaving the car at home, you can have a stress free, enjoyable day at one of Edinburgh’s most exciting annual events.
All in all, this Fringe season, we encourage you to switch off and make the absolute most of your day at this fantastic festival.