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6 Tips to Save Money on a City Break

Don't break the bank for your next holiday; there are plenty of ways to cut down on the cost.

04 . 10 . 2018

Here are our top tips to save you some money on your next trip!

Edinburgh Escapes Need Not Be Expensive

We’ve all been there. When you are filled to the brim with wanderlust nothing sounds better or more romantic than exploring an unfamiliar city. Unfortunately, getting away on holiday is to expensive. Right?


As experts of the glorious city of Edinburgh for the last 20 years we know all of the best tips for saving money on a city break. For the savvy shopper, there are plenty of deals and life hacks to cut down on your spending both when planning your booking and also during your stay. Here are our 6 top tips for saving money on a city break.

Read more: Edinburgh Life Hacks Every Visitor Should Know

Book Direct

It’s often said that the best rates are guaranteed when you book directly with your accommodation, but how does this actually let you save money? A lot of accommodation providers will supply you with fantastic deals and offers to help you get more bang for your buck. Our Family Package for instance will give you a 2 night stay in a 2 bedroom apartment for 4 and includes a family ticket to an attraction, a family hamper including board games and snacks, 2 takeaway pizzas, a bottle of wine and more. Booking a deal will help you cut down on the potential costs during your stay and it’s always worth a browse to get an idea.

You can also take the opportunity to join their mailing list to see if you get a discount. Signing up to our mailing list, for example, will provide you with a 10% discount on any booking (subject to availability). And you are always able to unsubscribe once you’ve found the deal for you!

It’s also worth snooping around the accommodation’s social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. Companies regularly share exclusive offers to their followers that you can grab from a few seconds of stalking.

Sundays and Mondays

Accommodation prices often increase and decrease by supply and demand. At Fountain Court we find that Sundays and Mondays often offer the cheapest rate compared to the rest of the week. If you are able to have a start-of-week break instead of an end-of-week break you can easily save yourself coppers!

Saving money on a city break is a lot easier when you can be flexible with your dates. Even cutting your trip a night short or starting it a day later could be all you need to save a good chunk of money. Make sure you compare dates before committing to a booking.

Book Accommodation and Meals Off-Peak

Sometimes one of the most obvious tips is also one of the best. Booking your ideal city break to Edinburgh during August is going to be more expensive than booking in February or November. If price is a major factor then the off-season is the time for you; you can enjoy all of the beauty and the culture of a city and even avoid the crowd.

Similarly, there are fantastic savings to be had by being a savvy-eater. Lunch deals and early-bird specials are the low-budget traveller’s friend. Restaurants often give heavy discounts and deals during these quieter hours and it’s a good way to enjoy a delicious meal out without breaking the bank.

Burgers in Candy Bar

© Candy Bar & Diner


Ask Reception

Some guests forget that our team not only work here but a lot of us live here. We know all of the best places to eat and the local tricks to saving money across the city. The reception team at your accommodation will happily answer any questions you have about what to do, where to eat, or how you can be saving money. You’ll often find hidden gems and get expert advice that you would have struggled to find online.

Our own reception team will happily provide you with recommendations. We work with over 40 local bars, restaurants and attractions to provide our guests with discounts across Edinburgh. Taking a few moments to download the Fountain Court App will give you easy access to these savings as long as you bring your keyfob with you.

Use the Facilities in your Apartment

Serviced apartments offer a great advantage over a hotel if you’re looking to keep costs down. Not only are they more spacious, but each of our apartments has a fully fitted kitchen and access to washing facilities. By preparing all of your own meals in the comfort of your apartment you will make huge savings throughout your stay.

Although the saving isn’t as big, you can also order a takeaway straight to your apartment or have a carry out instead of going to a restaurant or bar. There are still ways to treat yourself without emptying your wallet.

Free Activities

The most memorable and enjoyable activities during a city break are often free. Edinburgh is full of such life hacks, from free attractions to bountiful parks and hidden gardens. Not everything has to cost money and having a price tag on it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily going to be enjoyable. Research the scenic routes, free shows and off-the-beaten-track activities that you can enjoy and your cheap getaway will be sure to be a memorable one.

Stay with us

Why not try these tips out on a city break to Edinburgh? We would love for you to join us at any of our properties. Each of our apartments includes daily housekeeping, a fully fitted kitchen, and free high-speed WiFi. With a range of properties across the Scottish capital there is a city break to suit every type of traveller. Stay with us today!

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