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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 10 Best Hostels in Edinburgh. ghghgh

Quick Overview of the best hostels in Edinburgh

Here’s an overview by category of the awesome hostels mentioned in this article. Scroll down to see a full description (and images) of each recommended hostel.

General Info on 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).

1. 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.

2. Breakfast

Most hostels in Edinburgh offer breakfast for a reasonable price (normally £1.00 to £2.00).

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 €20 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.

The 10 Best Hostels in Edinburgh

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 because the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.  The beds are extremely comfortable and the rooms are very spacious and clean . The hostel is situated 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.

Standout Features

  • Superb location
  • Beautiful outdoor patio

Prices

  • Dorms from €15.10
  • Privates from €63.00

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2. Hostels in Edinburgh | Kick Ass Hostels

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.

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 views of Edinburgh Castle), Guest Kitchen and free walking tours.

Standout Features

  • Super chilled out bar
  • Beautiful pod style dorm beds

Prices

  • Dorms from €11.20
  • Privates from €47.20

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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.

Standout Features

  • Excellent location
  • Good guest kitchen

Prices

  • Dorms from €12.40

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4. Hostels in Edinburgh | Royal Mile Backpackers

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.

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).

Standout Features

  • Super friendly staff
  • Beautiful dorms

Prices

  • Dorms from €11.40

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5. Best Hostels in Edinburgh | Light House Hostel

Best Hostels in Edinburgh | Light House Hostel

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.

Standout Features

  • Free Breakfast
  • Spacious lounge

Prices

  • Dorms from €11.40
  • Privates from €48.10 

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6. Hostels in Edinburgh | Budget Backpackers

Hostels in Edinburgh - Budget Backpackers Edinburgh

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

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.

Standout Features

  • Cool bar
  • Free daily events

Prices

  • Dorms from €10.10
  • Privates from €42.70

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7. Best Hostels in Edinburgh | The Baxter

Best Hostels in Edinburgh - 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.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh - The Baxter Edinburgh

All rooms include Wi-fi, keycard security entry, cosy bunks with individual power sockets, reading light and complimentary breakfast is served every morning.

Standout Features

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Well designed guest kitchen

Prices

  • Dorms from €14.70
  • Privates from €76.70

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8. Hostels in Edinburgh | Safestay Edinburgh

Hostels in Edinburgh | Safestay 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.

Hostels in Edinburgh | Safestay 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.

Standout Features

  • Central Location
  • Beautiful outdoor patio

Prices

  • Dorms from €10.50
  • Privates from €95.80

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9. Best Hostels in Edinburgh | St Christopher’s Edinburgh Original

Best Hostels in Edinburgh - St Christophers Edinburgh Original

St Christopher's Edinburgh Original is located in the heart of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town. Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile (the city's oldest street), as well as the Scottish National Galleries are only walking distance from the hostel. At their onsite bar (Belushi's) you can avail of discounted drinks and food.

Best Hostels in Edinburgh - St Christophers Edinburgh Original

Their dorm rooms are clean, fresh and vibrant. You choose female only or mixed dorms. All beds have their own lockers and there are no worries if you stay out late as their reception is open 24 hours.

Standout Features

  • Central location
  • Cool bar/restuarant

Prices

  • Dorms from €8.85
  • Privates from €56.60

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10. Hostels in Edinburgh | Belford Hostel

Hostels in Edinburgh - Belford Hostel Edinburgh

Belford Hostel is situated in a central location in Edinburgh's West End just a 15 minute walk to the Haymarket station. It has beautiful stained-glass windows as the hostel is housed in what used to be a church, a lively bar and an outdoor terrace.

Hostels in Edinburgh - Belford Hostel Edinburgh

Each bunk bed comes 2 sockets meaning you can charge two devices simultaneously. If you wish to save money by cooking our own food, then Belford Hostel is ideal for you as you get the use of their excellent guest kitchen.

Standout Features

  • Lively bar
  • Excellent guest kitchen

Prices

  • Dorms from €10.50
  • Privates from €95.80

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Conclusion

I hope this list of the best hostels in Edinburgh helps you pick a hostel that best suits your needs during your stay in Edinburgh. In general the overall standard of hostels in Edinburgh is very good but there are still some bad and mediocre ones. Hopefully this list will help you avoid bad and mediocre hostels to ensure you enjoy your stay in Edinburgh .

Book Your Trip to Edinburgh

Best Website to Book a Hostel

Hostelworld is by far the biggest and the best website for booking hostels because they have the best availability and prices. The website is designed to include many filters to help find a hostel that best suits your needs. For instance, you can filter hostels by price or by rating for a particular city.

Hostelworld Filters
This screenshot shows how you can filter different room types on Hostelworld's website.

Below are handy links to the best hostels in Edinburgh. Just click on any of the links to check prices and availability for your dates.

  1. Castle Rock Hostel
  2. Kick Ass Hostels
  3. High Street Hostel
  4. Royal Mile Backpackers Hostel
  5. Light House Hostel
  6. Budget Backpackers
  7. The Baxter
  8. Safestay Edinburgh
  9. St Christopher's Edinburgh Original
  10. Belford Hostel

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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Michael is a professional web developer and the guy behind the scenes of Best Hostels Europe. He's been travelling the world with his wife and young son since 2012. He blogs at nomadicmick.com