Fans heading for city centre concerts by some of the biggest names in rock and pop can be sure of swift and convenient travel thanks to Edinburgh’s award-winning trams.

Tom Jones and Simple Minds are amongst the headline acts at Princes Street Gardens over the next couple of weeks and thousands of people will be heading for the eagerly awaited gigs.

With the nearest stop just a short walk from the venue, fans can avoid the hassle and expense of finding a parking spot, and with a seven-minute service in operation throughout the day getting to the concerts couldn’t be easier.

Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams Managing Director, commented:

These concerts in Edinburgh’s beautiful city centre park are among the highlights of a packed summer programme of arts and music in the city. We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy them without having to worry about getting to and from what is a unique venue.

Clearly, roads around the city centre will be extremely busy, but fans travelling from outside the city can avoid congestion by leaving their cars at Ingliston Park & Ride before completing their journey by tram.

To help concert goers and other visitors to make the most of their trip to Edinburgh, a range of great value ticket offers are also available. These include a £7.50 ‘Family Day Tripper’ ticket which enables unlimited travel between Ingliston Park & Ride and St Andrew Square for one or two adults, and up to three children.

Michael Kiwanuka will open this series of concerts in the park with his psychedelic folk and jazz (Monday, August 8), followed by British soul and pop band Simply Red on Tuesday, August 9.

The concerts are just part of a spectacular summer of events in the city that includes dozens of performances that make up the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals and further details can be found here.

Anyone attending weekend events can also take advantage of late-night trams in August, which run up to every 20 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights until 1.30am.

Festival timetable