Best Hostels in Edinburgh

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Best Hostels in Edinburgh

Check out our picks for the Best Hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh has exactly 47 hostels and we have narrowed this down to the 8 Best Hostels in Edinburgh.

Similar to the rest of the UK, Edinburgh is expensive especially for the budget traveller, but Edinburgh has some very good hostels at reasonable prices (€15 to €20 per night).

When choosing a hostel in Edinburgh, you should consider the following:

  • Check-in/Check-out times – Check-out time at most hostels in Edinburgh is 10 am. Whereas Check-out time at most hostels in Europe is at 11 am or 12 noon. Check-in for is between 2 pm and 4 pm. Please note that nearly every hostel in London offers Free Luggage storage before or after you check in or out.
  • Breakfast – Most hostels in Edinburgh offer breakfast for a reasonable price (normally £1.00 to £2.00).
  • Free wifi – We all need Wifi when we travel. Every hostel will have wifi but some won't have it in the rooms, they just have it in common areas. My advice is to read some reviews on the speed of the Wifi. There's nothing worse than a slow connection.
  • Kitchen – If the hostel you are staying at has a fully equipped kitchen, you can save money by cooking your own meals. Some hostels in Edinburgh only have partially equipped kitchens.
  • Age Restrictions – With most hostels in Edinburgh, you have to be between 18 and 40 years old to stay in a dorm room. If you are want to stay in a private room, there are normally no age restrictions.
  • Costs - Edinburgh Hostels are expensive in general. In bed in a dorm room starts at €10 per night (normally large dorm rooms) in the low season, but expect to pay €15 to €25 per night in a medium sized dorm room (6 to 10 beds) in high season. As with all other major cities in Europe prices at the weekend tend to be 20% to 40% higher. Check HostelWorld to get exact prices for your dates.

1. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - Castle Rock Hostel

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Castle Rock Hostel Edinburgh

Castle Rock Hostel is easily the best hostel in Edinburgh and one of the best hostels in Europe. It is in a superb location right next to Edinburgh Castle.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Castle Rock Hostel Edinburgh

The hostel has some unique features such as a beautiful outdoor patio and a fireplace for those long cold winter nights. Breakfast is available for an extra fee of only £1.50.

Dorms from €15.10  & Privates from €63.00
15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland.

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2. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - Kick Ass Hostels

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Kick Ass Hostels Edinburgh

Kick Ass Hostels is located in an excellent central location, walking distance to all of Edinburgh's main attractions. All rooms have wifi access, USB charging points and a reading light at each bed. Bunks have been designed to give you maximum headroom and their mattresses are very comfy.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Kick Ass Hostels Edinburgh

This hostel has a chilled out and social feel to it mainly due to its cheap onsite bar, large common area (where you get a panoramic view of Edinburgh Castle), Guest Kitchen and free walking tours.

Dorms from €11.20  & Privates from €47.20
2 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2JA, Scotland.

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3. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - High Street Hostel

Best Hostels in Edinburgh High Street Hostel Edinburgh

High Street Hostel is yet another hostel located in the heart of Edinburgh. This beautiful hostel is situated in a 470 year old building that comes with an interesting history.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh High Street Hostel Edinburgh

All beds including dorm beds come with individual power points and reading lights. The hostel has a Guest Kitchen and a breakfast buffet is available every morning at an extra fee of £1.90.

Dorms from €12.40 
8-18 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE, Scotland.

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4. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - Royal Mile Backpackers

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh

Royal Mile Backpackers Hostel is another very good hostel in Edinburgh and is located on one of Edinburgh's most famous streets. This is a small and friendly hostel.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh

The hostel has a small kitchen, however, you can use all the facilities of their sister hostel (including the use of its large kitchen) which is just across the street. A Continental breakfast selection is served daily for a small fee (£2.00).

Dorms from €11.40 
105 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, Scotland.

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5. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - Light House Hostel

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Light House Hostel Edinburgh

By staying at the Light House Hostel you will encounter a more unique experience because it's more like a family home than a hostel. This is a very laid back and cosy hostel. It's only a 15-minute walk to Edinburgh Castle.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Light House Hostel Edinburgh

The hostel has many common areas including a spacious lounge, a garden and a fully equipped guest kitchen. Breakfast is served every morning and it's free.

Dorms from €11.40  & Privates from €48.10
20 Gilmore Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9NQ, Scotland.

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6. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - Budget Backpackers

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Budget Backpackers Edinburgh

Budget Backpackers is in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh and within walking distance of Edinburgh's famous sights.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh Budget Backpackers Edinburgh

It’s a very social mainly due to its bar, free city tours, free daily events in the bar, fully equipped kitchen, and common areas. This is the best cheap hostel in Edinburgh with prices starting at only €10 per night.

Dorms from €10.10  & Privates from €42.70
37-39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland.

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7. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - The Baxter

The Baxter Edinburgh

The Baxter is a custom-built hostel with own very unique and vibrant design. They offer a range of dorm rooms with 4 to 12 beds. Each room has its own lockers to keep your luggage and belongings safe. All rooms include Wi-fi, keycard security entry, cosy bunks with individual power sockets, a reading light and complimentary breakfast is served every morning.

The Baxter Edinburgh

Dorms from €14.70  & Privates from €76.70
5/2 West Register Street , Edinburgh, Scotland.

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8. Best Hostels in Edinburgh - Safestay Edinburgh

Safestay Edinburgh Edinburgh

Safestay Edinburgh is situated right in the heart of the Edinburgh just minutes from the historic Royal Mile. Reception is open 24 hrs, there’s no curfew and there's free WIFI throughout the building. This really is the ideal location for seeing Edinburgh’s historic sites during the day and you will be just a stone’s throw away from the trendy nightlife in the Cowgate area.

Safestay Edinburgh Edinburgh

The reception is open 24 Hours and they have a few other unique services including an on-site ATM, Laundry Facilities and Vending machines.

Dorms from €10.50 & Privates from €95.80
50 Blackfriars Street , Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Book Your Trip to Edinburgh

Book Your Accommodation

To book a hostel in Edinburgh, always use HostelWorld to get the best possible price. If you wish to stay in a hotel, use Booking.com to find the cheapest rates.

Book a Tour in Edinburgh

I recommend GetYourGuide for Tours. They offer highly unique tours with Local Guides.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, cancellations and much more. I recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance.

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