Edinburgh Pass

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The Edinburgh Pass is a pre-paid smart card that gives you free admission to more than 30 attractions. It’s good for 1, 2, or 3 consecutive days, and is activated the first time you use it. The pass also includes a separate ticket for Airlink, the express bus between Edinburgh Airport and downtown. The typical savings is £60 on a 3-day pass, and like any inclusive pass, the more you use it, the more you’ll save, so it’s best for sightseers who want to visit as many attractions as they can. The pass includes a 100-page guidebook to help you plan.

Important Update

The Edinburgh Pass has been upgraded to the Scotland Explorer Pass. It has a great selection of things to visit including the Edinburgh Castle as well as all over 70 Scotland Attractions for one low price.

The child version of the pass is good for kids ages 5 to 15, and includes all of the attractions on the adult pass with the exception of Dynamic Earth, the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, and Auld Reekie’s Terror Tour.

Also included are dozens of discounts on coach tours, self-guided walking tours, gift shops, and food and drink. The website is very organized with detailed information about each attraction, as well as suggested itineraries and downloadable maps.

Some of the most popular attractions and best values include the Auld Reekie Terror Tour, an extremely popular underground walking ghost tour (save £12), the Edinburgh Zoo (save £14), and the Edinburgh Dungeon (save £14.95).

Top Included Edinburgh Attractions

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

What’s Good?

The Edinburgh Pass includes free airport return transfer via the Express Airlink. The best part is that the airport transfer is a separate ticket from the Edinburgh Card, so using it won’t activate your card and waste a day.

What Could get better?

Neither Edinburgh Castle nor Holyroodhouse Palace are included in the Edinburgh Pass.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Most museums and galleries in Edinburgh have free admission at all times, so this pass is best for visitors who want to see the commercial attractions and tours.

Insider Tips

There are a lot of tours and attractions that focus on Edinburgh’s ghost stories and the darker side of its history. Younger kids might find these attractions a little too spooky, but both the Edinburgh Dungeon and the evening ghost tours get good reviews from many visitors.

Important Update

The Edinburgh Pass has been upgraded to the Scotland Explorer Pass. It has a great selection of things to visit including the Edinburgh Castle as well as all over 70 Scotland Attractions for one low price.

Where to Buy It

The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to Edinburgh but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the Viator website. Viator guarantees the lowest prices, no-fee cancelling, no-fee date changes, 24/7 customer care, and airline miles (with a minimum spend).