Hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Get to know Edinburgh (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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!

 On the Royal Mile

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

Written by local enthusiast for Edinburgh hostels Josh

FAQ about Edinburgh Hostels

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 $36 for a dorm. A hostel in Edinburgh with private rooms costs on average $187. shows all 21 Hostels in Edinburgh. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Royal Mile Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Edinburgh.

It offers: Pub Crawls.

Your Packing List for Edinburgh

Your Packing List for Edinburgh

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Edinburgh Hostel Cheatsheet

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.
21 Total number of hostels
$36 Average dorm price
$187 Average private room price
$26 Cheapest hostel in Edinburgh
Royal Mile Backpackers is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Edinburgh
Royal Mile Backpackers is the best rated
Most Edinburgh hostels are located in
Old Town, Grassmarket, City Center
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Kinross (31 Km / 19 mi.)
Falkirk (33 Km / 21 mi.)
Grangemouth (33 Km / 21 mi.)
Anstruther (43 Km / 27 mi.)

Travel Tips for Edinburgh - from the Community

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!

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