Hostels in Edinburgh

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Affordable, clean and comfortable, hostels have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Offering a range of different types of accommodation for the budget-savvy traveller, there are several in Edinburgh to choose from. 

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Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

Situated close to the top of Leith Walk, Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is a 5 star accredited hostel. Just ten minutes on foot from Waverley Railway Station, Edinburgh Bus Station and Edinburgh Tram's York Place stop, it’s also a convenient location for exploring the nearby neighbourhood of Leith.

Room types vary from singles and family rooms to dorms with individual lockers. All are en-suite and premium rooms come with a TV, USB sockets and coffee making facilities.

Choose to dine in the hostel's restaurant and café bar, or if you prefer to self-cater, there’s the option of a small but well-equipped guest kitchen. WiFi is free for all guests and other amenities include a laundry, a secure bike store and luggage storage.

9 Haddington Place EH7 4AL


a&o Edinburgh City Hostel


Located close to the Royal Mile on Blackfriars Street, a&o Edinburgh City Hostel is the budget chain’s first hostel in the UK and the 40th hostel across Europe.

Newly opened in July 2021, budget-concious travellers can choose between single, double, family or multi-bed rooms for up to six people. Each of the bright and modern 131 rooms offer a spacious stay for both backpackers and families and have private bathrooms.

This new hostel also boasts a central courtyard with a bar for drinks and refreshments for guests as well as a 24 hour snack bar.

50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE


CoDE Pod Hostels – THE CoURT

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Once a former courthouse and jail, this Victorian A-listed building has now been transformed into the CoDE Pod Hostels – THE CoURT. Combining the historical aspects of the building with innovative, modern design, CoDe offers a unique experience for the discerning traveller. Hopefully, it's the closest you'll ever come to a night in the cells!

Holding cells are now private rooms (some ensuite) and the courtroom is a sleeping studio with pod beds designed to make you feel like you are staying in a private room. The pods have curtains to provide privacy while you sleep, as well as being equipped with USB sockets, LED reading light, hooks and a shelf. If you want your own privacy, THE LoFT has a penthouse apartment on the top floor complete with kitchen, your own bathroom and roof terrace with a view on the castle (roof).

1A Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF


Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

Set in a 19th century building in Edinburgh's Old Town, Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is within easy walking distance of several iconic Edinburgh attractions, including Edinburgh CastleDynamic Earth and The Real Mary King's Close. 

The Hostel is made up of 2 separate buildings, comprising a variety of dormitories and private rooms. With over 100 beds, and accommodation ranging from dorm rooms, quads, triples, twins and doubles, you'e sure to find something to suit your needs.

A self-catering kitchen, poolroom and lounge area with internet and Sky TV are available for guests. If you're not in the mood for cooking, attached to the hostel is the Southern Cross Café, where not only can you relax with a tasty bit to eat, but all Hostel guests also receive a 15% discount off their food bill.

65 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BU


Royal Mile Backpackers

Royal Mile Backpackers

Located - yes, you've guessed it! - on the Royal Mile, this hostel is right in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. 

Whether you're staying for a week or a night, so many of Edinburgh's major attractions are right on the doorstep of Royal Mile Backpackers. Need help deciding what atttraction to see next? Their staff will happily recommend walking tours, restaurants, bars, night clubs and anything else you may need.

And once you've seen everything, there'll be a warm fire welcoming you in the cosy lounge.

105 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG


High Street Hostel

Just off the historic Royal Mile, High Street Hostel is a lovely old building full of charm.

Relax in comfortable shared dorms, the well-equipped lounge, or take part in one of their weekly events, such as burger night, movie night, our pub crawl and pool tournament – the choice is yours!

8 – 18 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE


Castle Rock Hostel

As the name suggests, Castle Rock Hostel is very close to Edinburgh Castle, right beneath it to be exact. It's also minutes away from the popular Grassmarket area, where you'll find an abundance of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Built in 1846 and turned into a backpackers hostel in 1997, this is a beatiful building full of charm and character. 

The bright, spacious rooms are filled with plenty of amenities for a comfortable stay, including free WiFi, a movie room, free book exchange, a fire place for those cold winter nights and a patio where you can enjoy the elusive Scottish sun. 

15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW


St Christopher’s Inn

A few minutes’ walk from the city’s main train station, Edinburgh Waverley, St Christopher’s Inn is also next door to the Edinburgh Dungeon, should you fancy some fright-filled entertainment!

This well-equipped hostel has a range of amenities for travellers, including a chillout room, internet lounge, laundry facilities and even an outdoor terrace.

Their on-site bar, Belushi’s Bar, serves a range of affordable food, as well as hosting weekly parties and live DJs.

9 – 13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE


Princes Street Hostel

Right in the heart of Edinburgh’s main thorough-fare, Princes Street Hostel is across the road from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station and within walking distance of many of the city’s main attractions.

Spilt over 4 levels, guests can choose from double or shared rooms. Choose to rustle up something in the communal kitchen, or dine out at one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes on the hostel’s doorstep.

5 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA


Kick Ass Hostels

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Located in the beating heart of the Old Town, Kick Ass’s two hostels provide an ideal base for exploring the city. Situated at either end of the Grassmarket square, both Kick Ass Grassmarket and Kick Ass Greyfriars afford spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle.

With both private double/twin rooms and shared dorms, residents can also make use of a bar and a shared lounge, not to mention take part in fun weekly events like pub quiz, pub crawl, whisky tasting, and DJ nights.

Kick Ass Greyfriars is also home to a beer garden offering spectacular views of the city's Old Town. 

37-39 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JR

2 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA


Argyle Backpackers

Close to the popular Meadows area, which locals flock to a sunny day, Argyle Backpackers offer a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, with a wide range of facilities, including a conservatory, garden area and a cosy living room.

Choose from single/double/twin/tripple rooms and mixed/female dorms.

14 Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JL


Belford Hostel

Located between Edinburgh Haymarket and Waverley train stations, Belford Hostel is a stunning 19th century church building with many original features. Gaze up at stained glass windows as you settle down for the night in the dormitory rooms!

Ideally located for Murrayfield Stadium, you'll find the building decked with sports memorabilia from all corners of the world. There's also a darts board, a pool table and a big screen for watching all the live matches. 

Dorm sizes range from 4-10 beds and we can sleep up to 98 guests. Private double and twin rooms are also available.

6-8 Douglas Gardens, Edinburgh, EH4 3DA


Light House Hostel

Expect a warm welcome at this beautiful Georgian townhouse bursting with character and charm. The relaxed attitude and cosy friendly atmosphere of the Light House Hostel will feel like a real home from home.

Located in Edinburgh's bustling Tollcross area, cinemas, shops and theatres are all close by.

With 32 beds available (a 10 Bed, 2 x 6 Bed, 2 x 4 Bed Rooms, and a Twin Room), a spacious comfy lounge, kitchen and large garden, a stay here also benefits others - The Light House donate 50% of their profit to a housing charity. 

20 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9NQ


The West End Hostel

Minutes from Haymarket train station and the West End tram stop, The West End Hostel is a bright and spacious Victorian townhouse. Boasting 9 rooms, these are split between budget group sized rooms which are dorm style and small private hotel quality rooms.

Each of the small private rooms have LCD TV, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom. With stylish contemporary décor and crisp white cotton sheets, the rooms are attractive, modern and comfortable. The larger group sized rooms are more basic but have access to a fully fitted self catering kitchen and lounge area with free internet access.

35 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AU


The Hostel

Also in the West End is The Hostel, which is conveniently located opposite Haymarket train station and on the Edinburgh Tram stop from Edinburgh Airport.

Although the building dates to Victorian times, you’ll find all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a modern hostel. Sleeping up to 102 people in dormitory style accommodation, they have varied sized rooms capable of holding both small and larger groups. They even have original artworks by contemporary artist, Jade Carrerra on the bedroom walls!

3 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR


From budget to luxury, there's plenty of accommodation to choose from for your next Edinburgh city break. Discover more in our Guide to Hotels in Edinburgh >