BACKPACKER INDEX: US$86.42
Edinburgh hotel prices
Hotels in Edinburgh have more or less three distinct seasons. The absolute peak season is the entire month of August, when the city is overflowing with festival-goers and performers. If you want to stay in Edinburgh during the festival season then you are advised to book at least six months in advance, and many hotels are literally booked up a full year in advance.
The rest of summer is the normal “high season” so June, July, and the first half of September are as busy as the days are long, so it’s best to book well in advance even during this season.
The low season is really only from January though March, but availability and decent deals are possible from October through December as well, although the Christmas and New Year’s holidays do get crowded and a few smaller hotels actually close during this period.
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Edinburgh will be a welcome relief to anyone coming from London, as it’s noticeably cheaper. As long as you aren’t visiting during the August festival season you should be able to get a reasonably deal on either a well located hotel or hostel, at least compared to London.
The attractions in Edinburgh range from quite expensive to completely free, as state-run museums throughout the UK have no admission charge. It’s also worth mentioning how far north Edinburgh is and that the days are extremely long in summer and quite short in winter.
The cost of food and drinks is also lower here than in London, though of course your options are far more limited as well. There are plenty of snack bar and sandwich places around the city if you are looking for a cheap meal, and plenty of great restaurant choices if you want to try some local favorites like haggis.
Edinburgh attraction prices
|Edinburgh Castle||Set on a scenic hilltop, this castle is the most popular attraction in the city. Prices a bit higher June through September.||adults||27.12|
|Camera Obscura||This 150-year-old attraction allows visitors to see live scenes around Edinburgh projected onto a table, plus other light illusions.||adults||20.25|
|Edinburgh Fringe Festival||There are hundreds of performances and events during the festival, but no main admission charge. Many shows are free.||Up to||33.90|
Edinburgh Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||27.12 - 37.29|
|Airlink Express bus to city center||5.93|
|Public bus from airport to city center||2.54|
|3km taxi ride in Edinburgh||6.78 - 10.17|
|Public bus ride in Edinburgh||2.54|
|DAYticket on buses||5.93|
Edinburgh food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Most hotels will include breakfast. If not you have fast food options plus proper local restaurants.||5.08 - 8.47|
|Budget lunch||Aside from fast food there aren't many good cheap lunch options in the city center.||6.78 - 11.86|
|Budget dinner||Pubs and other similar casual places are good options for cheaper local fare, including haggis.||10.17 - 16.95|
|Beer (pint)||Corner pubs are cheaper in Edinburgh than in London.||4.75 - 6.78|
|Beer (.33l bottle, retail)||Bottled beer in shops can be a good bargain.||1.36 - 1.69|
|McDonalds Big Mac||They taste the same in Scotland as they do elsewhere.||4.90|
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|Airports||Edinburgh Airport (EDI)|
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Considering how far north of the equator it is, Edinburgh has a very mild climate. It rarely falls below freezing in winter, and summer days tend to be pleasantly warm, though almost never uncomfortably so. It doesn’t even rain much in Edinburgh so you’ll be unlucky if you get a downpour during your stay.
The wind is the thing to consider, as it can be rather strong at any time of the year. With this in mind it’s a great idea to dress in layers as open areas might feel unusually cold even on an otherwise warm day, and winter days can feel bitter at times in open areas as well.
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