Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland. You can choose from 23 Edinburgh hostels. In total, there are 78 cheap places to stay in Edinburgh such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $13 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Edinburgh, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Edinburgh hostels are located in
Old Town, Grassmarket, City Center
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Edinburgh? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Edinburgh alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Edinburgh. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Edinburgh. To help you make friends with Edinburgh before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Edinburgh is truly one of the greatest cities in Europe, and is often overlooked by those who don't want to spend the time to extend their trip up north to Scotland. Edinburgh serves as a fantastic place to stay, to drink, to explore and as a great launching point into the highlands. Many companies run tours where for less than 50 pounds you can spend the entire day seeing lochs (including Loch Ness), mountains, and valleys.
Edinburgh is a very large city, so be careful to get a hostel close to the downtown core if possible. The city has a great bus system and has been in the works of reinstating their tram system, however as of writing there is no expected date of service. The train station is located in a prime spot right by the Royal Mile, from where you can access the castle, the Queens Scottish residence, Grassmarket or the start of the trail to Arthurs seat. There are a number of Edinburgh backpackers hostels right on Grassmarket (where the nightlife is), but expect lots of noise if you stay there. A more conserved location would be off the Royal Mile, anywhere in the close proximity to the central core.
Edinburgh is known for its rain so make sure you bring a jacket or umbrella. The city has great walking tours and many museums to keep you busy. Try the whiskey and haggis!
Written by local enthusiast for Edinburgh hostels Josh
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Edinburgh. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Edinburgh. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Edinburgh costs on average $23 for a dorm. A hostel in Edinburgh with private rooms costs on average $96.
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CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT is the best rated hostel in Edinburgh for female solo travellers.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Edinburgh. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Edinburgh. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
I love the city and want to go back. It's nice to see familiar street names. I felt so much at home -- it's a home away from home here.
For me, it's the most pretty capital in the world! I love it! I love the city, its castle, its streets, its shops, its parks and gardens, its nightlife, its cultural spirit, and I love its people. Scottish people are the nicest people I've ever met! If it's possible, try to go in August and live the Edinburgh Festival. It rocks! These days the city is full of people all around the world and it can be noisy, but the atmosphere is unique! There are lots of concerts, theater plays, cultural activities, and tons of fun. I hope I will go back soon. It's the city I would like to live in. In short, I recommend Edinburgh to everybody!
We have spent the weekend in Edinburgh -- oh, what a city. It's definitely a place we would come back to and party -- fab food and places to drink.
Girls from Birmmingham
Edinburgh is good for a visit. It's kind of expensive in accommodation and foods. As a budget traveler, the transportation cost is more reasonable in Scotland than in North America. The connection to different cities is excellent. We had a great time in the city of Edinburgh, too much to see but not enough time.
Do a Macbackpackers tour. They take you up into the highlands, leaving and returning from Edinburgh. They are really well priced, have great Scottish guides, are filled with stories, and they make it really easy for you to have a good time and meet lots of people.
Edinburgh has a very relaxed and friendly feel that most cities don't. The castle is the centre peice of a great city that is a must for anyone looking to see the best cities of Europe.
I lived in Edinburgh for a year and I cannot say enough about how great a city it is. It has everything that a big city offers but it has a small town feel to it. It was amazing and beautiful.
By far one of the best cities I've ever been in! The city is amazing, the history is fabulous, and the people are genuinely warm and welcoming. This is one of the most understated travel spots!
Edinburgh is possibly the best city I saw in Europe. It's a funky, gothic place and everyone should go. Make sure you spend the money to see the castle. It's awesome!!!!
If the weather is nice, take time out and rest at the park on Prince Street. Best place to sunbathe.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Edinburgh and Scotland.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.