Procession up the Royal Mile with inflatable dragon.

Your Visit

Your safety

Edinburgh Art Festival is committed to your safety and will be following Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council health and safety recommendations at all times. We will work with venues and organisers to ensure our events remain safe, while also asking our audiences to observe good public health behaviours at all times. We will continue to refine our guidance ahead of the festival, and update this page with the latest Covid-19 safety advice.

Visiting Edinburgh

If you’re travelling from outside the UK, please check the current guidance on international travel, which can be found here.

If you’re travelling from within the UK, you can reach Edinburgh via train, bus, by bike or by car. where possible, we encourage you to make use of public transport.

Public transport timetables for connecting services across Scotland can be found at Traveline Scotland.

Staying in Edinburgh

Visit Scotland offer an extensive listings services of places to stay, from hostels to hotels and self catering – you can search the listings here.

Visit Scotland also offer information about Accessible accommodation in Scotland – find out more about this here.

Getting around Edinburgh

We encourage our visitors to think green and use active travel where possible, making journeys in physically active ways – like walking, wheeling (using a wheelchair or mobility aid), cycling, or scooting. 

Edinburgh is a historic city that is well-known for its cobbles and closes. Please note that some of our exhibitions and commissions can present challenges for access. 

To help with this issue, we’ve teamed up with Euan’s Guide to provide advice on access for each festival venue. This can be found at

We recommend the the Transport for Edinburgh app, which allows you to book bus and tram journeys in the city. Download the Transport for Edinburgh app (iPhone), or Transport for Edinburgh app (Android).

If you’re looking to cycle, we recommend using routes on the National Cycle Network. A number of these routes connect into Edinburgh – please take care on routes which include roads. You can find out more about routes in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders here.

Other festivals to visit in August

Edinburgh Art Festival is part of Festivals Edinburgh, a collective of the city’s key festivals.

In 2022, we celebrate 75 years since the founding of the festival city – marking the anniversaries of Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh International Book Festival also take place in August.

If you arrive earlier in July, you can also catch Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.