How to book


Booking tickets online at

Online booking for the 2018 Book Festival will open in late June 2018.

You can have confidence that the Book Festival online ticket-buying system is fully secure. All credit card transactions processed from this site are encrypted to create a secure and convenient service.

Tickets will be posted to you unless you are booking less than 7 days before the event. If this is the case you will be advised to collect your tickets from the Entrance Tent in Charlotte Square Gardens on the booking confirmation email which will be sent to you automatically once you have submitted your payment details.

If you're new to online booking

If you have never booked tickets on our website before and do not have an online account follow the instructions below to create a web account.

To create a web account:
•    Go to the Login/Register page and enter the email address you wish to use to log in – choose an email address that you have regular access to.
•    Leave the password field blank and click ‘Continue’.
•    Complete the registration form
•    You will receive an email containing a link to activate your account – click on this link to complete the process.

If you encounter any difficulties please contact or call 0131 718 5666 for assistance (10am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Booking tickets by phone: 0345 373 5888

Opening hours:
Tuesday 20 June:

8:30 - 17:00
Weds 21 June to Fri 11 August:
10:00 - 17:00, Mon - Sat
Once the Book Festival has opened:
9:30 - 20:45 daily

Calls from BT landlines are charged at the local rate and there is a connection charge for each call. Charges will vary from other phone networks - please check with your phone provider.
Please note: your phone provider may charge a connection fee for each call you make.

Booking tickets in person

For the first day of booking only:

Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
Open: Tues 20 June, 8:30 - 17:00

After the first day of booking:

The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
Open: Weds 21 June to Thu 10 August, 10:00 - 17:00, Mon - Sat
Fri 11 August, 10:00 - 14:00

Once the Book Festival has opened:

On site in Charlotte Square Gardens in the Entrance Tent:
Opening hours: 9.30 - 20.45, daily

On site on George Street:
Opening hours: 9:30 - 20:30, daily

Ticket prices

Tickets vary according to the event. Please see the brochure or online listings for details.

Concession prices are available to:

Over 60s
Disabled people (carer goes free - see details below)
Young Scot cardholders
Registered unemployed
Under 16s

Proof of entitlement will be required.


We accept Visa / Delta / Maestro / Mastercard. Cheques should be made payable to Edinburgh International Book Festival. Bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee unless tickets are purchased in person (this is applied to each transaction, not each ticket booked). Tickets cannot be exchanged nor money refunded unless an event is cancelled or substantially changed. Where ticket demand is high for sold out events, we may offer a refund. Tickets must be returned to the Box Office before a refund can be given and refunds will only be made to the original payment method.

Visitors with disabilities

Please ask our Box Office staff for information or advice for your particular needs when booking. 

If your disability requires that you need a carer in order to attend our events the carer is entitled to a free ticket, which should be booked at the same time as your own. Free tickets for carers are not available to buy online.

If your disability requires you sit in a specific area (aisle, etc) please let the Box Office know at least 2 days before your event. We will put a note on your booking and our front of house staff will reserve a seat for you at all the events you have booked. We will do our best to seat you somewhere suitable for your needs. Please note: due to space/demand we cannot also reserve seats for others in your group because we need to ensure the most accessible seats are available for those who need them most.

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.

BSL Interpretation by request

British Sign Language interpretation is available for selected events in the programme. You can search for events with BSL signing via our online events listings, or find them in the printed brochure.

It is also possible to request BSL interpretation any other event in the programme.

How BSL interpretation by request works

• Choose an event you would like to attend
• Purchase your tickets using whichever method you choose (see options above)
• Email, phone 0845 373 5888 or come in person to our counter at The Hub (from 21 June to 28 July) to request an interpreter for this event
• We will process requests weekly in July and make arrangements with our BSL interpreters before coming back to you to confirm your request. If you would like a BSL interpreter, we ask that you let us know promptly. The final date for requests is 28 July.

Please note: We can only fulfil a limited number of requests. To allow preparation time for our interpreters, requests cannot be accepted after 28 July. Tickets must be purchased in advance of any request, subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil a request we will refund your tickets or exchange to an alternative event.

Captioned performances

A selection of events will be live-captioned. A full list of these events can be found here once the programme has launched in June. 

Events and seating

Events are 1 hour long unless otherwise specified in the event listing. All our seating is unreserved (seats don't have numbers) and therefore you can sit anywhere in the auditorium you wish.

Latecomers: Please be considerate and arrive in good time for your event. Latecomers are hugely disruptive and will not be admitted after the beginning of events. Please allow enough time to pick up tickets (if applicable) and get to the relevant venue. Refunds will not be given to latecomers.

Back to back events: Please do not book events back-to-back (where one event finishes at the same time the other starts). You will not get to the second event in time for the start, and we do not admit latecomers (see above).

Box Office Contact details

Telephone: 0345 373 5888

Edinburgh International Book Festival Box Office
PO BOX 23835