Edinburgh Santa train ‘pricier than Orient Express’

Underbelly's stewardship of Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations have come under heavy criticism. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Underbelly's stewardship of Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations have come under heavy criticism. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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ANGRY parents have claimed Edinburgh’s city centre Santa ride costs more per mile than the Orient Express.

The operators of the ride are charging £4 each for a tot to travel on a parent’s knee on the 480 metre track.

That works out at £27.35 per mile - more than three times the £8.64 per mile cost of a parent and child taking the Orient Express.

And the rate is 33 times more expensive than first class tickets for a parent and child to travel from Edinburgh to London.

Nicola Lamond, from parenting group Netmums, described the cost of the Princes Street Gardens ride as “ludicrous”.

“I’m sure there are lots of disgruntled parents counting the cost of a day out in Edinburgh this year,” she said.

“Parents will be subjected to pester power from their children when they spot these rides and it’s difficult to say ‘no’ when there are so many other children enjoying them.”

She added: “The cheaper rides seem to be disappearing from Christmas attractions and are being replaced by more expensive alternatives.”

Ice skating in the gardens, meanwhile, costs £8.50 per child, a carousel ride will set you back £4 and fish and chips cost £4.50.

George Square, Glasgow, is not exactly cheap with tickets for ice skating costing £6 to £8 for children. The carousel costs £2.50 and a ride on the fairground swings is £3 each.

The Edinburgh attractions are run by Underbelly, whose director, Charlie Wood, said a trip on the train would be a “cherished memory”.

He said there was a 10% discount on the tickets if booked in advance and babes-in-arms travelled free.