We're right in central Edinburgh, with a beautiful view of the castle and a late-opening bar!
Boasting superb views of Edinburgh Castle, Caledonian Backpackers is perfectly located within walking distance of the main bus and train stations and with an airport bus stop only a few steps away. Our location between the old and the new towns means that guests are within walking distance not only of Edinburgh's main tourist attractions, but also all the best shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
We are a colourful property with dormitories and private rooms, and we welcome long and short-term stays.
We have both mixed and female-only dorms. Our rooms feature keycards for extra security, as well as in-room lockers - if you forget your own padlock, we sell them at reception, too. Linen and breakfast are included in the rates.
Facilities on offer include TV rooms, kitchens, Internet and Wi-Fi, beanbag cinema room, vending machines, free book swap, laundry services and a licensed bar which offers cheap drinks, live music, Wii and pool until the early morning.
We have a safe at reception as well if you'd like to store your passport or laptop. You're welcome to leave your luggage in our storage room after check-out while you wait for your flight/bus/train.
For you late sleepers, we serve breakfast until noon!
Please note that we do not permit guests under the age of 18.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Age Restriction
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast Included
- Common Room
- Fax Service
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Wifi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Jobs Board
- Key Card Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- No Curfew
- Pool Table
- Postal Service
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Now, for some more of those rule things..
As mentioned before, you must be over 18 years of age to stay. This is because we have a liquor license for the entire building, so the law states we cannot allow under 18's in, and we do not make exceptions.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building. You must go outside to smoke. Even if its cold and raining.
We require government issued Photographic ID for anyone entering the hostel. If you want to share a dorm, we want to know who you are. If you can't provide it, you can't stay.
You should bring your own padlock, or you can buy one for £2.50 from reception.
We have towels available for a 50p cleaning charge. Linen is supplied free.
Frequently asked questions about the hostel:
*Do you have a curfew/lock-out? - No. We think they are inconvenient and don't believe in them!
*What time is check-out? - You can check out anytime but you don’t have to until 10am.
*Do you provide bed linen? - Yes. Every person is provided with fresh linen so you can leave your sleeping bag at home!
*Do you provide towels? - No, but you can rent one for the modest price of 50 pence.
*Do you provide breakfast? - Yes. A simple breakfast is included in the price of your accommodation. Served from 7a.m. until 11p.m.
*Is there a key deposit? - No, but all keys need to be returned at check-out.
*Do you have internet access? - Yes.We have several computer terminals and they are FREE to use!
*Do you have Wi-Fi? - Yes, and it's also FREE!...you don’t even need a password.
*Do you have lockers? - Yes.You need to bring your own padlock or rent/buy one here for £2.50
*Do you have luggage storage? - Yes. We have a free luggage storage room
*Do you have a kitchen? - Yes. There is a large self-catering kitchen equipped with all your cooking needs right at your disposal!
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
Caledonian Backpackers Hostel is located at the West End of Princes St. If in doubt, ask any local for directions to the Caledonian Hotel. It's kind of got the same name, and is kind of on the same intersection as us, but is much better-known.
From Edinburgh airport:
There is a bus which goes from the terminal directly to near our building, which is very kind of the city to organise. It is the double-decker blue Airport 100 bus, and costs £4.00, and runs from 4:30am until midnight. (After that, catch the N22 bus.) It stops on Shandwick Place, which the driver should announce as Shandwick Place/West End/Caledonian Hotel. Don't stress - if you go too far, the last stop is the train station, so follow directions from there. Get off the bus, turning left at the Santander Bank onto Queensferry street where you will see us next to Scot Bet.
From the bus station:
Go right and up the escalator. Then you turn left on St Andrews St, go to the end and turn right, which is Princes St.
From Waverly train station:
Follow the sign to Princes St and turn left onto it. When on Princes St, head past the castle (on your left), and walk until the gardens on the left finish and a church is there. You should see the church, a road heading north, and then the Caledonian Hilton Hotel. You don't want to stay there because they aren't as much fun as us. Assuming you are on the opposite side of Princes St to the church, keep walking a little bit more, until you are forced to turn or cross the road. If you look across, you should see the Santander Bank with its fiery red logo. At the bank, turn right, and our doorway is the third up. Our chill out room is actually directly above the bank.
The news is bad, unfortunately - cars cannot get near our entrance as too many buses run past. And parking isn't available anywhere near us for any reasonable prices. The best option is to park at one of the city's Park'n'Ride stations and catch the bus back into the centre of town, where we are. The other option is to use the long-term parking at the airport, which is more secure and costs about £8 a day. But you really won't need the car while you are in Edinburgh anyway!
Located in central Edinburgh.