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
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Wifi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Key Card Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Pool Table
- Postal Service
- Taxes included
- 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.
The rooms have lockers but you need to bring your own padlock (or buy one in our reception). You can also rent a towel for £1, but that's not all: you can rent hairdryers, the iron, or adaptors here as well!
We take is £5 cash to make sure you check-out in time, so if you return your key before 10am you will receive your deposit back.
You can storage your luggage for the whole day if you need to, and it's only £1.
A basic continental breakfast is included in the price and you can cook in our kitchen (just remember to wash your dishes so everyone can enjoy cooking there!)
Reception is 24 hours so you will always find someone here to help you and willing to receive you!
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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.