Wednesday 17 January 2018

Rugby fans face €800 hotel rip-off in Edinburgh

Leinster's Jordi Murphy Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Leinster's Jordi Murphy Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

David Kearns

Irish rugby fans hoping to travel to Edinburgh to witness Saturday's final between Connacht and Leinster face a scrum of their own for flights and accommodation.

Scottish hotel rooms are commanding up to five times the normal rate ahead of this weekend's all-Ireland Pro12 final.

Fans could be forgiven for staying home, as website lists hotels asking upwards of €800 for a double room.

The match coincides with the weekend of the Edinburgh marathon, which means accommodation is in high demand.

Elsewhere said that single bedrooms can be had for just under €253 some 25km from Murrayfield Stadium, where the game is due to kick off at 5.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets are still available for the game, although remaining seating at the 67,000 capacity stadium is "limited", according to Ticketmaster.

And the cost of flights from Dublin to the Scottish capital this weekend have also soared, with an Aer Lingus return flight from Friday to Sunday costing €625.

Read more: Planes, trains and automobiles: Fans face scramble to get to all-Irish Pro12 final as cost of flights soar

Flights into Glasgow are still available and the Citylink bus service, which runs every 15 minutes, will get to Edinburgh in time for kick-off for those arriving by 3pm.

According to the Connacht Clan supporters' club, quite a few fans from the west of Ireland will be flying into the north of England and travel from there.

"I booked a twin room myself for €350 a night, and I'm flying in and out of Newcastle," said club chairman Shane Sheridan. "All booked a few weeks ago, thankfully. The prices are way up since Friday."

Marcus Ó Buachalla, Communications Manager with Leinster Rugby, added: "Unfortunately with a marathon on in Edinburgh the same weekend, hotel rooms and indeed flight options are at a premium.

"It's a pity that many supporters that have supported us in the RDS, the Aviva and on the road this season will be priced out of a chance to see Leinster in a final that should be reasonably accessible."

Irish Independent

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