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Featured Hostels in Edinburgh

Cowgate Tourist Hostel
2 out of 5
94 -116 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is CA $78 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Parliament House, National Museum of Scotland and St. Giles' Cathedral. Royal Mile and Grassmarket are also ...

3.3/5 (57 reviews)
questionable neighborhood, concrete rooms!

"i had booked a 4 person room with a request for a bottom bunk and ground floor due to disability. when i arrived, even though the sheet he showed me had low bunk highlighted in yellow i was told he had given the bunk to someone else and would a 6 bedroom be ok. i said yes. the room was clean, but ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 2, 2019

Cowgate Tourist Hostel
Pollock Halls
3 out of 5
18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Newington, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Commonwealth Pool, University of Edinburgh and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse ...

4.1/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"Fantastic option for safe, clean accommodation- no frills but not expecting that from student accommodation. For somewhere to sleep and explore Edinburgh is perfect!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2019

Pollock Halls
Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
2 out of 5
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $18 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Edinburgh Vaults, Royal Mile and Princes Street. Grassmarket and University of Edinburgh are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (751 reviews)

"First time, staying in a hostel. Pleasently surprised. Good central location jusy off the royal mile. Very reasonably priced. Good sized rooms with comfy beds and ensuite shower and toilet facilities. Good bar and food down stairs. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile

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Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel)
2.5 out of 5
2 West Port, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Grassmarket, Royal Mile and Scotch Whisky Experience. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (82 reviews)

"It was really great the pods were very comfy and when i told them it needed clean sheets and pillow it was down straight away."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 22, 2019

Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel)
Castle Rock Hostel
2 out of 5
15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $104 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Witchery Tours, Royal Mile and Grassmarket. Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (292 reviews)

"This hostel was great all around!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Castle Rock Hostel
Kick Ass Greyfriars (18+ hostel)
2.5 out of 5
37-39 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Greyfriars Kirk, Grassmarket and National Museum of Scotland. Royal Mile and Princes Street are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (55 reviews)
Good hostel in a great location

"Used this hostel on a group trip to Edinburgh. Great location, everything clean and staff very helpful. They request a refundable deposit for group bookings."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Kick Ass Greyfriars (18+ hostel)
High Street Hostel
3 out of 5
8-18 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $82 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Old Town, this hostel is steps away from Museum of Childhood, Royal Mile and Princes Street. Real Mary King's Close and St. Giles' Cathedral are also ...

4/5Very Good! (152 reviews)
Huge hostel

"It's a big hostel. The room was nice but lack of storage space. The kitchen and lounge were spacious but pretty crowed all the time. If you prefer quiet place, probably here is not for you. But overall here is nice and reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

High Street Hostel
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
5 out of 5
9 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is CA $75 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in New Town, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Calton Hill are ...

4/5Very Good! (96 reviews)
central youth

"will return excellent great situated near pricessis street very clean reat price x"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
The Baxter Hostel
2 out of 5
5/2 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in New Town, this hostel is steps away from St. Andrew Square and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (128 reviews)
Shower room was too small

"Overall was ok. The room was small for 9 people. Three level bunker bed was kinda off. The shower room was clean but no place to hang your clothes. So I suppose you either let your clothes wet from the shower or get naked before going into the shower room (just kidding)."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 11, 2020

The Baxter Hostel
Arran House- Campus Accommodation
2 out of 5
5 Drysdale Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street and King's Theatre. Grassmarket ...

3.6/5Good! (125 reviews)

"Accomodation was as expected in terms of facilities. Rooms were hot as windows are on the safety catch but as soon as we asked we were lent a fan. Cleaning was poor though. Corridors were not clean the entire week we were there, even though they were "swept""…"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2019

Arran House- Campus Accommodation
McDonald Road Student Accommodation
2 out of 5
6 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Leith, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. Palace of Holyroodhouse and George Street are also ...

3.1/5 (154 reviews)
Small but comfortable

"Convenient are, clean, small room but as expected. Friendly staff on desk 24/7, comfortable bed and powerful shower"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2018

McDonald Road Student Accommodation
West End Hotel - Hostel
2 out of 5
35 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh International ...

3.9/5Very Good! (136 reviews)

"Great service as usual, reliable and clean great value for money"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

West End Hotel - Hostel
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Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $85 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 13
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,032 reviews)

"Great location, very clean and neat, reception staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

4 out of 5
The price is CA $117 per night from Nov 23 to Nov 24
4.4/5Excellent! (1,490 reviews)

"Enjoyable stay spent at the Dalmahoy country golf resort."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
YOTEL Edinburgh

YOTEL Edinburgh

4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $77 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
4.4/5Wonderful! (417 reviews)

"Our room was comfortable and clean. However due to the covid-19 restrictions they were not able to provide daily house keeping for the room but if you needed a new towel etc you could ask for it at the 'Mission control'. The staff at mission control were very friendly and helpful. The shower was ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

YOTEL Edinburgh
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're searching for somewhere affordable to stay in Edinburgh, one of the 35 hostels here could be a great option. These dorm-style accommodations come in many different forms, but they have a few things in common:

  • Budget-friendly prices
  • A social atmosphere
  • Shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms)

By choosing a hostel in Edinburgh, you can cut your spending on lodging and save more of your money for exploring during your trip. You can check out this destination's cultural highlights, such as its historic sites and museums.

Hostels in Edinburgh

You might be wondering, what are some favorite hostels in Edinburgh? Based on our customers' reviews, these options have the highest ratings:

West End Hotel - Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Princes Street. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a bar, and tour/ticket assistance.

Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile - Located steps from Royal Mile. Property features include free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. Rooms come with showers and free toiletries.

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a restaurant, as well as a bar. You'll find showers in all rooms.

Cowgate Tourist Hostel - Located steps from National Museum of Scotland. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and tour/ticket assistance. You'll find showers in all rooms.

Castle Rock Hostel - Located steps from Scotch Whisky Experience. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as a 24-hour front desk. You'll find showers in all rooms.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Edinburgh?

The weather can be important when you're discovering new places, so here are some stats about the local climate:

  • The hottest months are typically July and August, while February and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 48° F and nighttime temperatures average 34° F
  • April-June: 63° F is the daytime average and 37° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 65° F and nighttime averages are around 46° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 56° F during the day and 35° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 0.94 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Edinburgh?

Depending on what interests you, you might appreciate these places:

Top Sights
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • National Gallery of Scotland
  • Scott Monument
Natural Features
  • Calton Hill
  • Arthur's Seat
  • Royal Botanic Garden
Cultural Attractions
  • Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • National Museum of Scotland

In general, Edinburgh is known for its:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums
  • Tours
  • Festivals
  • Art
  • Shopping
  • Theater

How to Get to Edinburgh and Around the Area

You can find the closest airport in Edinburgh (EDI), located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away from the city center. Another option is Dundee (DND), which is 35.3 mi (56.8 km) away. Once you've arrived, you might want to use public transit during your trip. To see more of the area, take a train from Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket Station, or Slateford Station.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Edinburgh?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a lower cost, so you can save your money for fun things to do. You can check out the historic sites and other cultural highlights in this destination, as well as activities like shopping.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look identical, but these dormitory-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many have private options too), budget-friendly prices, and a social atmosphere.
What are the best hostels in Edinburgh?
Based on reviews from our guests, these hostels in Edinburgh have the highest ratings: Cowgate Tourist Hostel - Located steps from National Museum of Scotland. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with showers. Pollock Halls - Located within a 20-minute walk of University of Edinburgh and Princes Street. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a restaurant, as well as a bar. You’ll find showers, free toiletries, and TVs in all rooms. Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile - Located steps from Royal Mile. Property features include free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. You’ll find showers and free toiletries in all rooms. Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel) - Located steps from Grassmarket. Property features include free WiFi, a bar, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with lockers and linens. Castle Rock Hostel - Located steps from Grassmarket. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with showers.
How many hostels can I expect to find in Edinburgh?
If you’re hoping to find a low-cost place to stay in Edinburgh, one of Expedia’s 36 hostels might be a great option.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Edinburgh?
The weather is important when you’re experiencing new places, so here’s a little information that may be helpful: The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 56°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 39°F. Average annual precipitation for Edinburgh is 28 inches.
What is there to see and do in Edinburgh?
Generally, Edinburgh is known for its historical sites, museums, and local tours. Major attractions include Princes Street, George Street, and Edinburgh Castle. Get out into nature with places like Princes Street Gardens, Calton Hill, and Arthur’s Seat. Cultural attractions include Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, Scotch Whisky Experience, and National Museum of Scotland.
What's the best way to get to and around Edinburgh while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around Edinburgh on hand to make the most of your stay: You can fly into the nearest airport, which is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away. Another option is Glasgow Intl. Airport (GLA), situated 48.3 mi (77.8 km) away. After you’ve arrived, you may want to use public transit to get around. To see more of the surrounding area, hop on a train at Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket Station, or Slateford Station.

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