There is so much to see in Edinburgh, and most of the major attractions in the city have an entry fee, so walking around hitting them one by one can get expensive. Luckily, there is the Edinburgh Pass, a voucher that gets you into over 30 attractions throughout the city, plus access to public transport and even an airport transfer. Obviously, like any other city pass, if you are only planning on visiting one or two places in the city, it might not be worthwhile, but for the traveler planning a full day of attractions in Scotland’s capital city, it can be a real life-saver.
Choose the right pass for you
Depending on the length of your stay in Edinburgh, you can get a 1, 2, or 3 day pass. Be aware that a “day” is counted as a calendar day, not as 24 hours from the first time you use the pass, so start early in the morning to get your maximum value. A one-day pass costs £24, and it costs £36 for two days or £48 for three, so it’s essentially a “buy two days, get one free” deal. Child passes start at £16 for a single day and scale the same way as the adult ones. Keep in mind that a few of the more age-specific attractions (like the Literary Pub Tour) will not be available to children.
What is included in the Edinburgh Pass
There are over £200 worth of entry fees covered by the pass, not including the bus access and 25 restaurant and retail discount coupons. Also included is a 100-page city guide with maps and reviews which can be a great carry-along as you make your way around Edinburgh.
There is one huge downside to the Edinburgh Pass, and that is the fact that the city’s number one attraction, Edinburgh Castle, is not included. Castle entrance will cost you at least £11 (for an adult) on top of the pass. If you are staying more than one full day in Edinburgh and only want to buy a one-day pass, visit the castle one day and use the pass on another.
The following attractions are included in the pass:
- 3D Loch Ness Experience
- Auld Reekie Tours Terror Tour
- The Cadies and Witchery Tours (choose from 2 tours)
- Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
- Dynamic Earth
- The Edinburgh Dungeon
- Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
- Edinburgh Zoo
- The Georgian House
- Gladstone’s Land
- Glenkinchie Distillery Tour
- Hopetoun House
- John Knox House
- Lauriston Castle
- Maid of the Forth Cruises
- Mercat Tours (choose from 3 tours)
- National Trust for Scotland – Newhailes
- Nelson Monument
- National Museum of Flight and the Concorde Experience
- National Museum of Scotland, Special Exhibitions
- The Queens Gallery (Palace of Holyroodhouse)
- The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: The Renaissance Exhibition
- Scottish Mining Museum
- Scottish Seabird Centre
- Seafari Adventures High Speed Boat Trips
- Surgeon’s Hall Museum
- National Gallery of Scotland Impressionism and Scotland Exhibition
- Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery
How to get the Edinburgh Pass
Pass vouchers can be purchased online from VisitScotland. Passes themselves need to be picked up at one of two locations in downtown Edinburgh.
>> If 24 quid is just a bit too much for your travel budget, check out our list of free things to do in Edinburgh