Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Posted on Tuesday, 11th July 2017 at 09:00

Thousands of festival goers will be heading into Edinburgh this month to enjoy the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival events.

On Sunday (July 16), more than 800 costumed performers will take to the streets and the city’s trams offer a great way to reach the heart of the celebrations in and around Princes Street

Fast, frequent services from locations such as Ingliston Park & Ride, Saughton and Balgreen provide a hassle-free way to join in the fun without worrying about parking or getting stuck in traffic. 

Dean Anderson, Edinburgh Trams Customer Experience Manager, explained:

"More than 18,000 people are expected to attend the free event, and we’re ready to help carnival goers to make the most of this spectacular showcase of music, dance and circus acrobatics from across the world.

“Trams will be running every 7 minutes throughout the day, and we would advise anyone planning to enjoy the carnival parade to get there well ahead of its start at 2.30pm if they want to find the best spot.”

After leaving The Mound, the parade will make its way to the west end of Princes Street before the entertainments in West Princes Street Gardens burst into life at 3.30pm. 

To make way for the spectacular street celebrations, trams will be running to/from the West End only during the parade. The last full route departure from Edinburgh Airport will be at 12.40pm. The last full route departure from York Place will be at 1.22pm. Full route services will commence again no later than 3.33pm from Edinburgh Airport and 4.14pm from York Place.

For more information on the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festivals which runs from the 14th – 23rd July please visit their website.

Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding trams, either at the tram stop ticket machines or by using the m-ticket app.