Travel Budget for Edinburgh

Scotland, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Edinburgh?

How much money will you need for your trip to Edinburgh? You should plan to spend around £113 ($140) per day on your vacation in Edinburgh, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, £29 ($35) on meals for one day and £21 ($26) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Edinburgh for a couple is £117 ($144). So, a trip to Edinburgh for two people for one week costs on average £1,583 ($1,953). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
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A vacation to Edinburgh for one week usually costs around £792 for one person. So, a trip to Edinburgh for two people costs around £1,583 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs £3,166 in Edinburgh. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Edinburgh can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Edinburgh?

How much does a trip to Edinburgh cost? Is Edinburgh expensive? The average Edinburgh trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Edinburgh prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Edinburgh can vary, the average cost of food in Edinburgh is £29 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Edinburgh should cost around £11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Edinburgh is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Edinburgh is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent £21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Edinburgh.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2019
Flights to Edinburgh

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How much money do I need for Edinburgh?

Typical travel prices in Edinburgh are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Edinburgh. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Edinburgh can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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  • Local Bus
  • Show Tickets
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner at Filling Station
  • Movie Tickets for Two
  • Lunch for Two
  • Donation for Storytellers
  • Sandwich
  • Cheese & bread
  • Beer & Wine
  • Thai Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
  • Half Pint at Tollbooth Tavern
  • 2 Coffees and Scones
  • Turkish Delight
Typical tour prices for Edinburgh

How much do tours to Edinburgh cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    10 days
    $ 1370
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 1500
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    6 days
    $ 950
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Edinburgh On a Budget
Edinburgh Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the moderately sized capital of Scotland. It is a medieval city that has managed to perfect the combination of Georgian architecture and medieval relics with a cosmopolitan population and avant-garde atmosphere. The city's population is quite young, in large part because of the University of Edinburgh. This youthful vibe gives this city a lot of vitality. There's a thriving nightlife, many restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums.

Edinburgh's climate is most enjoyable between the months of May and September. Throughout the year, the weather is prone to sudden changes and you can expect both sunshine and rain at any given time. Rainstorms often come with wind, so it can be chilly, damp, and generally unpleasant all at once. During the summer months, when tourist crowds are at their peak, daylight hours are long and the temperature is comfortable. During the winter months days are short and the weather is bitter cold, but snow is rare. It's best to spend time enjoying Edinburgh's many indoor activities during the winter months.
The main sight and iconic structure in Edinburgh is the Edinburgh Castle. It's situated dramatically on the highest point in the city and remains in excellent condition despite its continuous use for the past 1000 years. Also worth visiting is St Giles' Cathedral, Gladstone's Land, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Most sights are concentrated in the Old Town and New Town areas. There are also many museums and art galleries that are worth checking out.
Most tourists spend the majority of their time in Old Town. This is the medieval heart of the city and it runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. New Town is also in the city center and it dates back to the late 18th century. This is where you want to go for the city's best shopping opportunities. There's also some interesting shopping to the north of New Town in Stockbridge and Canonmills. This is also where you'll find the Royal Botanic Garden. Leith is the port area and the beach district is to the east of the city. To the south you will find a high concentration of students and plenty of places to eat and drink. In the west is the zoo and Murrayfield rugby stadium.

There is almost a constant stream of festivals in the city for anything from comedy, to jazz, to literature. There's actually a festival season in Edinburgh which begins with Hogmanay, or the Scottish New Year. The peak festival season is during the summer when weather is at its best, the crowds are the highest, and the festivals are quite popular.

Nightlife is also a huge draw in Edinburgh. For modern and trendy clubs, head to Cowgate and Lothian Road. George IV Bridge in the Old Town area also offers some trendy clubs. While there's some big name clubs that many people want to hit while they're in Edinburgh, you may actually have your best night if you pop into a little known corner pub and make yourself at home. This is how you truly get to know a city.

Because of the weather, visiting Edinburgh can often be a wet experience. But the city offers plenty of indoor activities. For more ideas, check out this guide to visiting Edinburgh in the rain. Then, you can have plenty of things to do no matter when you arrive.

If you're in Old Town, don't forget to check out a ghost tour of Edinburgh in the evening before you head out to the restaurants and bars.
Food and Dining
Restaurants in Edinburgh are quite good and international. Like most cities, it's best to avoid eating in the touristy areas, particularly around the castle, but if you head into the local neighborhoods you'll be pleasantly surprised with your selection. In addition to eating in the city center, you can also head to Leith and the West End for some good restaurants. There's a pedestrian area along Rose Street that runs parallel to Princes Street that also has some good pubs.

Drinking in Edinburgh is part of the experience. There's truly a pub culture in this city, and it's something you really want to experience while you're in town. As with restaurants, it's best to avoid the tourist traps, but there are some great pubs around town, particularly in the university area.

The best way to navigate Edinburgh is on foot. It's a compact city and you'll find most of the points of interest in the Old Town, with a few nearby in the New Town. Walking around Edinburgh also gives you a feel for how historic this city is. It's laid out as a city to be walked through, and to this day that is the best way to explore it. There are some hills that may make some of the walks slightly more strenuous.

The public transit system is heavily dependent on buses and is much less developed than most major European cities. The buses can be slow and inefficient because they must deal with the city's heavy traffic. There is a suburban railway network but it is also insufficient and sparse.
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Train and Bus Prices
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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