Over the early May Bank Holiday I was in Edinburgh and while I was there we had one of the Royal Edinburgh Tickets which allowed us 48 hours useage on the cities hop-on, hop-off buses alongside three Royal attractions; Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House and The Royal Britannia Yacht.
I am a huge fan of booking attractions in advance as you can pay them off before you go on your trip freeing up money when you’re away for fun stuff like food and souvenirs which Edinburgh has in abundance. Combination tickets specifically can offer huge value in booking and below I’m going to show you a few reasons why they’re worthwhile.
You can save money
Usually combination tickets will allow you some sort of discount versus paying for the attractions seperately. For example the pass I had was £55 each, but individually if I was paying when there it would have cost me just over £75 which is quite a difference when you consider it’s for four different attractions. I am always looking out for promotions and codes when it comes to purchases so being able to save money by booking a combination ticket that I’d have paid for individually seems like a no brainer.
You can collect the tickets whenever you want
On the first day you’re looking to use your tickets or experience you can usually head along to the attraction in question at any point. For us we had to head to Waverly Bridge where the main bus stop for the hop-on, hop-off buses was and exchange our tickets but this gave us the Royal Ticket as well so we didn’t need to go and collect four individual tickets. There was no set time as to when we had to collect them or use them so we could be as flexible as we wanted.
You can skip the queues
Once you have your combination ticket you’re set up for all the attractions which means you can walk straight into places without having to queue for tickets. This can be especially useful at Edinburgh Castle where the queues (especially in the summertime) can be very busy. This is great news if you’re tight on time as it means you can spend all of your time in the attractions as opposed to queuing for them.
It encourages you to visit all the attractions
If you’re anything like me sometimes you make plans in your mind of what you want to do but sometimes you may be too tired, fancy some food or just generally can’t be bothered to sight see any more which can mean missing out on some great attractions which you’ll later regret. When you have a combination ticket and you have your tickets there ready for you you’re more likely to go as you don’t have any additional costs involved.
If you’re looking to pre-book any activities check out Trip Advisor who are a great one-stop shop for all attraction, tour and experience bookings.
Do you usually pre-book attractions when you go away?