We also cover cheap hostels and backpacker hostels in Edinburgh. You won’t be asking where to stay in Edinburgh for much longer.
Quick Introduction to Edinburgh Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 16€ up to 28€ per night.
This is a rough average to give you an idea. As prices always depend on season and holidays. We always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost at the place you are planning to book.
Getting to Edinburgh city center from the airport: The airport is very well connected with Edinburgh city center. The journey time to city centre is approximately 30 minutes by train, by tram or by bus (in light traffic). You will find bus service service into the city centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hostel Location and City Center: The city is relatively small. That includes the Old Town and the castle. All accommodations listed are hostels located near Edinburgh Waverley Station. It will take you maximum 20 min to walk.
No real need to worry about the location too much (unlike Paris or London).
Edinburgh Tourism Tax: Luckily for you there is currently no tourist tax in this city. However, there has been talk lately of creating a £1-2 per night tax in the future, so double check beforehand.
CODE penthouse (best apartment near Princess street!)
As for security?
The entire place works on a code system so there are no worries about losing that darn key. Safe lodging without key hassles is just the perfect combo, don’t you think?
Those that have already stayed here rave about the staff – they’re simply amazing!
Please note: this hostel does not accept stag or hen parties.
The kitchen and communal area are strategically laid out for maximum comfort. Relax or mingle with new people here – the choice is yours! As for meeting people, it is not the best place to meet other travelers. For meeting and mingling, we recommend Castle Rock Hostel.
No need to get up early and search for food; CODE Hostel offers a free healthy breakfast each morning. It’s also really delicious. All the more reason to
“wake up and be awesome!”
Events are aplenty here and it’s possible to enjoy themed nights, whiskey tasting and much more.
To top it off, if you stay here you’ll be in a fabulous location. It is nearby Princes Street, where the main rail and bus stations are located.
So if you are looking for central hostel in Edinburgh, you just found your best best. Again, the city is relatively small anyways. You can easily walk to all major sights.
The bus and train are a few minutes walk, and the main sights are all close-by.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels in Edinburgh and really anywhere. However, and please stay with us here: We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel in Edinburgh.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Edinburgh.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Edinburgh
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Remember to read the reviews carefully.
You should keep a close eye on the “extreme” comments, meaning the best and worst reviews. These usually give you a pretty good insight what is awesome and what’s d’oh!
It has mixed and female dormitories. They have bunk beds and lockers, and guests can make use of laundry services, hairdryers and adapters. They do not have private rooms.
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Location: Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of the most central locations in the city. Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, is a 10-minute walk away, while the 11th-century Edinburgh Castle is also a 10-minute stroll.
There you’ll be able to see the Stone of Destiny, used for the coronation of ancient Scottish kings. To get here from the airport, hop on the 100 bus for about 30 minutes and get off at Waverley Bridge.
They have private rooms and dorm rooms. So if you want privacy, you can go for the private rooms. The room itself was small, yet comfortable.
It is a great value for its price.
You will love the kitchen facilities of the hostel which is pretty large scale with free coffee and tea round the clock and you can cook your own stuff as well. It also has a big common area that is perfect for meeting new friends.
24 Hour Reception
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Location: Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is just a few steps from Waverley Train Station, where the Airlink 100 bus will drop you off if you’re coming from the airport (it takes about 30 minutes)
This hostel for believers and for those people who wants to experience something extraordinary because they follow Jesus’ teachings of compassion by offering friendship and a safe resting place for travellers.
Situated in the artistic area of the city centre, Light House Hostel Edinburgh offers a variety of bright and spacious rooms ranging from a 2-bed private room to a 10-bed dorm.
24 Hour Security
It is also good to know that they donate substantial portion of their profits to a housing charity so staying there is like charity and helping to provide homes for people in need.
Location: Light House Hostel Edinburgh is a 15 minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle.
Wanted quirky accommodation Edinburgh has to offer? Well, this one is for you.
Belford Hostel Edinburgh is such a cool hostel because it was a former church. They have kept the gorgeous stained-glass windows which makes it extra special.
You’ll find Scottish and sporty memorabilia all over the common areas, from a caricature of Braveheart to artwork showing the National Anthem’s opening verse.
Towels for hire
They have both private rooms and some with en-suites. They also have mixed and female only dorm rooms.
Location: Located in the center of Edinburgh’s West End, close to old Dean Village and the Water of Leith. You can get to the hostel easily from Edinburgh Haymarket station – it’s about a 15-minute walk away. If you’re heading to the hostel from Edinburgh Airport, jump on express bus 100 to Haymarket Station. It’s around a 30-minute journey.
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