The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel offers a good location, friendly staff, a lively atmosphere and comfortable beds at affordable prices.
Set in an 18th-century building in the centre of the historic Old Town, we are 50 metres from the Royal Mile and less than two minutes' walk from the train station and airport shuttle bus. We're ideally situated for all the city's best attractions and nightlife.
We have clean and spacious dormitories and a few private rooms in our main building. We also have a large number of other private rooms housed in self-catering apartments in two separate buildings on the same street.
Facilities include a kitchen, a pool room and a chill-out room with Sky television.
We operate a 24-hour reception and do not have a curfew.
Please read our Must-Read Hostel Info below before booking.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 hour reception
- Common Room
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Pool Table
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 2 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.
We have a 48hr cancellation policy. Late cancellations shall be charged the equivalent of the first nights accommodation. No-shows shall be charged the full amount of the reservation.
During the month of August, the hostel will charge your card the full amount one month before arrival. If you will be arriving in less than a month the charge will be made within 24hrs. Cancellations - 1 month > 14 days before arrival we will retain 25% or the first night - Less than 14 days notice no refund will be given. If the card is declined your booking will be cancelled.
Special Event Booking: 14 - 16 November Rugby:
Please Note - The hostel will charge your card the full amount 1 month before arrival; if under 1 month, within 24hrs of booking being made.
- 1 month > 14 days before arrival we will retain 25% or the first night
- Less than 14 days notice no refund will be given.
If your card is declined your booking will be cancelled.
Special Event Booking – Hogmanay Special.
Please Note: For All Hogmanay Bookings, your credit card will be charged the full outstanding amount shortly after the booking is made. Cancellations made more than 14 days before the arrival date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the arrival date shall not receive any refund. If your card is declined your booking will be cancelled.
There is a 10 GBP key deposit for all guests.
We accept all major credit/debit cards, but do charge a minimum 50 pence transaction fee, with a credit card charge of 2%.
Photo ID (drivers licence, passport) is required to check in to the hostel. If you're unable to produce photo ID on arrival we will not honour your booking.
Check out: 10am.
Private Rooms – For all private room bookings the hostel will charge the first night to confirm booking 24 hours before arrival.
Groups of six or more people may be subject to a GBP 20/person security deposit which will be refunded upon departure, pending a room check and appropriate behaviour.
Smoking is now illegal in all public places; thus, the hostel is 100% non-smoking. There is a minimum charge of GBP 50 if you smoke in this hostel.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
From the Train Station take the exit to Waverley Bridge. When you are on the street turn Left and continue for one hundred metres and there will be a small roundabout. On the otherside of the roundabout is Cockburn Street. Head up the street to Number 65. We're right next to the Southern Cross Cafe.
From the Airport Shuttle bus. Turn left when exiting the bus. Head along the street for 100 metres and there will be a small roundabout. On the otherside of the roundabout is Cockburn Street. Head up the street to Number 65. We're right next to the Southern Cross Cafe.
Driving? Follow directions the the Royal Mile (High Street) and turn down Cockburn Street (one way traffic).
We are located 50 metres from the world-famous Royal Mile and two minutes' walk from the train station. Princes Street, the Castle, Palace, Walter Scott Monument and numerous other art galleries and museums are located less than a five- or 10-minute walk away.