Welcome return of Edinburgh Deaf FestivalEnjoy an accessible celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage

Edinburgh Deaf Festival – taking place from 11 – 20 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is an accessible celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage. Their aim is to bring the arts to deaf audiences, giving deaf people access to festivals in a way that they haven’t had before. The festival also gives mainstream audiences the opportunity to learn more about deaf culture whilst enjoying a variety of performances.

The organisers and performers are encouraging hearing people to see the shows and discover the richness of deaf heritage, language and culture.

The 2023 line-up has more than 60 events including drama, comedy, film, exhibitions, entertainment for children and young people plus workshops and other activities, and as the festival’s official transport partner, Lothian Buses is ready and waiting to take you to and from all the fun.

Journey Planner
For easy navigation, we recommend using our mobile app! Just type ‘Edinburgh Deaf Festival’ into the journey planner search bar and you’ll be shown the nearest bus services to your location to take you to their main venue at Deaf Action in Albany Street.

For all other shows/events, just type the name of the venue into the search bar and you’ll be shown the best services to take you there.

You can view all our timetables on our timetable page.

Bus Stop Information
We have QR codes at all bus stops in the city! Just scan the code with your QR code for live times, service alerts and more. Check out our video below for more information on how it works.

Capped Contactless

TapTapCap is Lothian Buses’ capped contactless system. For adult passengers, tap the same card or mobile payment device for every journey across our entire network, and the following morning we’ll automatically charge you the cheapest adult daily fare for the journeys you’ve made. On Lothian city buses, this is capped at £4.80 per day!

You’ll never pay more than you need to, even if your plans change.

Keep using the same card or device all week and once you’ve reached one of our weekly caps, which run from Monday to Sunday, you won’t pay any more for the rest of the week. On Lothian city buses, this is capped at £22.00 per week! All you need to do is tap, wait for the beep, and take a seat!

Please note – you won’t receive a paper ticket using TapTapCap.

Learn more about contactless here.



You can also buy paper tickets using contactless – just advise the driver of the ticket(s) you want, wait to be prompted to tap your card/device (to avoid accidently registering a TapTapCap payment) and then take your paper ticket(s).

If you’re an adult using TapTapCap and want to pay for another ticket as well as your own, just tap your card to record your TapTapCap journey and then ask the driver for any other tickets you need, following the steps above.

Using cash?

All our buses accept cash payments, but please note that our drivers are unable to provide change. It’ll speed up you boarding time if you can have the exact fare ready to put into the coin hopper.

Single Tickets
Provides one journey on a day service.
Day Tickets
Provides unlimited journeys on day services.
Adult Single £2.00Adult Day Ticket – £5.00
Child* Single – £1.00Child* Day Ticket – £2.50
 Family** Day Ticket – £10.50

* Aged 5-15-years-old.
** Up to 2 adults and 3 children.

Learn more about fares and tickets.