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Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
2 out of 5
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
£24
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (744 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
£62
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (284 reviews)

"I standing in very good acomodation, cèntric place and impressionant ambient"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Castle Rock Hostel
Argyle Backpackers
4 out of 5
14 Argyle Place, Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£31
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Newington, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Meadows and University of Edinburgh. Grassmarket and Princes Street are also within 15 minutes. ...

3.9/5Good! (163 reviews)

"Good stay clean room and bathroom lovely service great prices"…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Argyle Backpackers
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
£43
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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 (155 reviews)

"Exceptionally nice staff and decent conditions. All in all, a great stay"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

The Hostel
Pollock Halls
3 out of 5
18 Holyrood Park Road, 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 Grassmarket ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,912 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
Kick Ass Greyfriars (18+ hostel)
2.5 out of 5
37-39 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Greyfriars Kirk, Grassmarket and National Museum of Scotland. Royal Mile and Princes Street are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (49 reviews)

"It had a great feel and touch to it. Did not expect shower to break and flood so that was disappointing"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2019

Kick Ass Greyfriars (18+ hostel)
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
5 out of 5
9 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
£46
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (91 reviews)

"Good hostel, the shower was a bit aggressive with the amount of pressure it had but apart from that no complaints"…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
Haystack Hostel
4 out of 5
5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in New Town, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Andrew Square, St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens. Calton Hill and National Gallery ...

3.7/5Good! (48 reviews)
Centrally located

"Very positive iexpeeience in general. staff very helpful. Clean hostal. Cleanliness and considerate travelers."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2017

Haystack Hostel
Cowgate Tourist Hostel
2 out of 5
94 -116 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£48
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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 (55 reviews)
Basic, clean and cheap. No frills!

"Amazing price, so can't complain there! Comfort....mmm? Beds ok - standard hostel bunks, but nowhere apart from the bare floor to put anything. No hooks for towels, no shelves for phones, no little tables for wash bags....literally just a bunk bed and no other furniture or hooks in the room. I had ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Cowgate Tourist Hostel
St. Christopher's Inn Edinburgh - Hostel
3 out of 5
9-13 Market St, Edinburgh, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£38
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Edinburgh Dungeon. Royal Mile and St. Giles' Cathedral are also within ...

3.5/5Good! (157 reviews)

"Overall I really enjoyed my stay. The only issue I had was that the bed in the room I was assigned was already occupied. Then, when they moved me to another room, the bed was occupied again. I think the staff should make more of an effort to ensure that the space will be clear once the visitor arrives. ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

St. Christopher's Inn Edinburgh - Hostel
Destiny Student - Murano (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
3-5 Amphion Lane (Murano Place), Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Royal Mile are ...

4/5Very Good! (288 reviews)

"Room very comfortable and modern garden area well maintained and property close to all amenities would book again and would recommend to others visiting Edinburgh."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Destiny Student - Murano (Campus Accommodation)
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Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
4 out of 5
Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
£42
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
3.6/5Good! (1,456 reviews)

"Staff here are incredibly friendly, welcoming and helpful. Prices were fabulous - if a little bizarre (I paid less for 2 nights than I would have for 1). Room was very clean and there were tea/coffee making facilities. The bed was huge!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
Moxy Edinburgh Airport
Moxy Edinburgh Airport
3 out of 5
1 Fairview Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
£60
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1
4.1/5Very Good! (768 reviews)

"Comfortable and convienient, but the room could have been cleaner."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Moxy Edinburgh Airport
The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel
5 out of 5
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
£164
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,034 reviews)

"Amazing hotel, great location, all staff provided a first class service from check in to having coffee or a drink. The upgraded room made our stay even more special. This was our first time staying at the Balmoral and we will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

The Balmoral Hotel
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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.

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