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Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
2 out of 5
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £42 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Edinburgh Vaults, Royal Mile and Princes Street. Grassmarket and University of Edinburgh are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (758 reviews)

"First time, staying in a hostel. Pleasently surprised. Good central location jusy off the royal mile. Very reasonably priced. Good sized rooms with comfy beds and ensuite shower and toilet facilities. Good bar and food down stairs. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
Castle Rock Hostel
2 out of 5
15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £67 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Witchery Tours, Royal Mile and Grassmarket. Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (292 reviews)

"This hostel was great all around!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Castle Rock Hostel
Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel)
2.5 out of 5
2 West Port, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Grassmarket, Royal Mile and Scotch Whisky Experience. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (82 reviews)

"The room was quiet as I stayed in an all girl's room but it was very cold. I also don't know how often they change the sheets and blankets. they should have male and female separate toilets."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel)
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Cowgate Tourist Hostel
2 out of 5
94 -116 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Parliament House, National Museum of Scotland and St. Giles' Cathedral. Royal Mile and Grassmarket are also ...

3.3/5 (58 reviews)
Stupid rubbish

"I didn't stay because the property was closed but this is not mentioned on your website"…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

Cowgate Tourist Hostel
Pollock Halls
3 out of 5
18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Newington, this eco-friendly hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Commonwealth Pool, University of Edinburgh and Princes Street. Royal Mile and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)

"Fantastic option for safe, clean accommodation- no frills but not expecting that from student accommodation. For somewhere to sleep and explore Edinburgh is perfect!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2019

Pollock Halls
Destiny Student - Holyrood (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
31 Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile and Arthur's Seat. Princes Street and Edinburgh ...

3.6/5Good! (361 reviews)

"Very well located but the room is way too hot to sleep at night. The employee at the reception told me to back for a fan latter on in the day and when I did, his colleague let me know that all fans were already out. Basically, they know they have an issue with rooms temperature (many other comments ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Destiny Student - Holyrood (Campus Accommodation)
The Hostel
2 out of 5
3 Clifton Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £162 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Princes Street. George Street and Usher ...

3.2/5 (158 reviews)

"Cramped rooms and small bunk beds that you can't even sit up in. I did not see any evidence of the rooms, bed sheets or bathrooms being cleaned during my 4-night stay at all. The bathrooms were freezing cold as they had no heating. Also, the keycards for the front door and rooms did not work (despite ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2020

The Hostel
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
5 out of 5
9 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in New Town, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Calton Hill are ...

4/5Very Good! (97 reviews)
central youth

"will return excellent great situated near pricessis street very clean reat price x"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
West End Hotel - Hostel
2 out of 5
35 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £80 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh International ...

3.9/5Very Good! (136 reviews)

"Great service as usual, reliable and clean great value for money"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

West End Hotel - Hostel
High Street Hostel
3 out of 5
8-18 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £56 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Museum of Childhood, Royal Mile and Princes Street. Real Mary King's Close and St. Giles' Cathedral are also ...

4/5Very Good! (152 reviews)
Huge hostel

"It's a big hostel. The room was nice but lack of storage space. The kitchen and lounge were spacious but pretty crowed all the time. If you prefer quiet place, probably here is not for you. But overall here is nice and reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

High Street Hostel
Destiny Student - Murano (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
3-5 Amphion Lane (Murano Place), Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Leith, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Palace of Holyroodhouse are also ...

4/5Very Good! (288 reviews)

"If you like banging doors all night, waking you up, on a hard mattress, then stay here... You have to ask for soap?! Who doesn’t want to wash their hands?! It should already be in the bathroom, not an optional extra. Cheap option, away from touristy areas (20 min walk or lots of buses), bathroom ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019

Destiny Student - Murano (Campus Accommodation)
The Mill House - Campus Accommodation
3 out of 5
400 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Gorgie, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Edinburgh Zoo and Princes Street are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (27 reviews)
Nice and cheap.

"Small basic bed but for the price very good. Good location with a short bus ride into town."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019

The Mill House - Campus Accommodation
Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls
2 out of 5
Kincaids Court, Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. Scottish Parliament and Arthur's Seat are also within ...

3.1/5 (410 reviews)

"Photos on the web site are of a modern building not the dump we were in. For the price I would at least expect basic necessities like towels but nothing provided. Not even a wardrobe to hang clothes. This is for those who really prefer to rough it."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019

Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls
Destiny Student - Shrubhill (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
8 Middlefield, Shrubhill, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Leith, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Princes Street, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Calton Hill. Palace of Holyroodhouse and George Street ...

3.6/5Good! (193 reviews)

"Convenient location to main center of town and train station (moderate walk). Helpful and courteous staff. Clean room. No A/C but Edinburgh usually doesn't need it, I suppose. Fan was available to borrow. Private room with bath was sufficient with external shared kitchen among a "flat" of a few rooms. ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019

Destiny Student - Shrubhill (Campus Accommodation)
Arran House- Campus Accommodation
2 out of 5
5 Drysdale Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street and King's Theatre. Grassmarket ...

3.6/5Good! (125 reviews)

"Accomodation was as expected in terms of facilities. Rooms were hot as windows are on the safety catch but as soon as we asked we were lent a fan. Cleaning was poor though. Corridors were not clean the entire week we were there, even though they were "swept""…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2019

Arran House- Campus Accommodation
Capital Backpackers
1 out of 5
6 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in New Town, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Princes Street Gardens are also ...

Capital Backpackers
The University of Edinburgh, Baird House
2 out of 5
Baird House, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Newington, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Commonwealth Pool, University of Edinburgh and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse ...

The University of Edinburgh, Baird House
The Baxter Hostel
2 out of 5
5/2 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in New Town, this hostel is steps away from St. Andrew Square and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (128 reviews)
Shower room was too small

"Overall was ok. The room was small for 9 people. Three level bunker bed was kinda off. The shower room was clean but no place to hang your clothes. So I suppose you either let your clothes wet from the shower or get naked before going into the shower room (just kidding)."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

The Baxter Hostel
Destiny Student - Meadow Court (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
13 Sciennes, Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Newington, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of The Meadows, University of Edinburgh and Festival Theatre. Grassmarket and Princes Street are ...

3.5/5Good! (86 reviews)

"Rooms quite small and no window looking out, only a roof light. Mattress quite lumpy and uncomfortable. Amenities in kitchen very good . Basic but fine if you’re not staying in the room long."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Destiny Student - Meadow Court (Campus Accommodation)
Bobby's Bunkhouse - Hostel
2 out of 5
9 Merchant Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Greyfriars Kirk and National Museum of Scotland. Grassmarket and Royal Mile are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh ...

Bobby's Bunkhouse - Hostel
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Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh

4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £49 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar
4.5/5Wonderful! (651 reviews)
Highly recommended

"Amazing Hotel, value for money and great service."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre

4 out of 5
34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"All staff friendly and service good."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

4 out of 5
The price is £119 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr
4.4/5Excellent! (1,379 reviews)

"Lovely hotel to stay at. Staff were helpful. Will be back soon."…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
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An adventure beneath the mighty turrets and towers of Edinburgh Castle doesn't need to be pricy. In fact, you can find plenty of immersive hostels in Edinburgh that can reduce the cost of a trip to the Scottish capital, putting you right in the midst of the stone-paved Old Town and its haggis-touting taverns. No frills but downright fun, these stays typically offer dormitory sleeping arrangements, with six, eight and 12 beds in rooms the norm. On-site common spaces are places to meet and mingle with likeminded backpackers, while reception desks can often organise a whole host of fun activities – think whisky-tasting tours and ghost walks through the haunting Gothic streets. Hostels in Edinburgh's historic heart are also laced with an authentic local character, with stone-clad interior hallways and centuries-old façades.

The allure of hostels in Edinburgh

Hostels huddle into the Old Town and the New Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – of Edinburgh in the company of medieval churches and Georgian rowhouses. You might be surprised to find your check-in lurks behind a gilded doorway that's carved with gargoyles and classical filigrees. Of course, the grand exteriors shouldn't affect the price, as hostels in Edinburgh remain some of the most affordable types of accommodation going in the enthralling capital. A versatile choice of stay, they can cater to all sorts. Whether you're a solo sightseer keen to put the Royal Mile right on the doorstep or a larger group attending the Fringe, the combination of multi-bed rooms, a vibrant atmosphere and low rates is sometimes just too good to miss.

Talking of atmosphere, there are some hostels in Edinburgh that are aimed squarely at the backpacking crowd. In those, lounges and communal kitchens are often abuzz with travel tales and chatter. You can look forward to evening cook-ups with fellow globetrotters or hit the on-site bar for frothy ales as the Scottish rugby team plays on the TV. Another reason to book cheap hostels in Edinburgh is the array of activities that's on offer. Head down to reception and ask for tips and you're likely to be greeted with all sorts of opportunities – think evening pub crawls, whiskey sampling sessions, haggis tasting, free walking tours and oodles, oodles more.

Pick hostels in Edinburgh for a Scottish adventure

The name of St. Christopher's Inn Edinburgh is nothing short of legendary in the Scottish capital. Nestled smack bang in the heart of the city's Old Town, it puts cobbled streets and the iconic Royal Mile right on the doorstep. That said, you might want to hold off on trips to St Giles' Cathedral and photo stops at the Adam Smith Monument for a bit, because the inn's on-site bar is a lively little drinking hole where you can get acquainted with Scotch and meet a sightseeing compadre along the way. For proximity to the soaring citadel of Edinburgh Castle, the Castle Rock Hostel probably can't be beaten. The in-house tour service there also makes it easy to plan jaunts out to striking Stirling Castle, the beautiful Scottish Borders and Edinburgh Zoo.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Edinburgh?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a lower cost, so you can save your money for exploring. You can check out the historic sites and other cultural highlights in this destination, as well as activities like shopping.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look the same, but these dormitory-style accommodations all feature shared rooms (though many have private options too), budget prices and a social atmosphere.
What are the best hostels in Edinburgh?
Based on reviews from our customers, these hostels in Edinburgh have the highest ratings: Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile - Located steps from Royal Mile. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and a bar. Rooms come with showers and free toiletries. Castle Rock Hostel - Located steps from Grassmarket. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as tour/ticket assistance. You’ll find showers in all rooms. Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel) - Located steps from Grassmarket. Property features include free WiFi, a bar and a shared/communal kitchen. You’ll find lockers and linens in all rooms. High Street Hostel - Located steps from Royal Mile. Property features include free WiFi, a bar and a shared/communal kitchen. You’ll find showers in all rooms. Pollock Halls - Located within a 20-minute walk of University of Edinburgh and Princes Street. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and a bar. Rooms come with showers, free toiletries and TVs.
How many hostels can I expect to find in Edinburgh?
If you’re in the market for a low-cost place to stay in Edinburgh, one of Expedia’s 36 hostels might be a great choice for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Edinburgh?
Good weather’s definitely a plus when you’re discovering new places, so here are some stats that might be helpful: The hottest months are usually July and August, with an average temperature of 13°C, while the coldest months are January and February, with an average of 4°C. Average annual precipitation for Edinburgh is 703 inches.
What is there to see and do in Edinburgh?
Generally, Edinburgh is known for its historical sites, museums and local tours. Major attractions include Princes Street, George Street and Edinburgh Castle. Get out into nature with places such as Princes Street Gardens, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat. Cultural attractions include Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, Scotch Whisky Experience and National Museum of Scotland.
What's the best way to get to and around Edinburgh while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around Edinburgh on hand to make the most of your stay: You can fly into the nearest airport, which is Edinburgh (EDI), 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away. Another option is Glasgow (GLA-Glasgow Intl.), which is 48.3 mi (77.8 km) away. Once you’ve arrived, you may want to make use of public transport. To see more of the surrounding area, catch a train at Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket Station or Slateford Station.