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
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Cable TV
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free City Tour
- Free Internet Access
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Iron / Ironing Board
- Jobs Board
- Key Card Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Pool Table
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels For Hire
- Vending Machines
- Washing Machine
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.
*Due to the historic nature of our buildings we do not have any elevators or disabled access.
* We are a fun and energetic hostel aimed at travellers and backpackers.
*Government issued photo ID (passport, national identity card, drivers licence) must be provided at check-in. Fail to do so will result in your booking being cancelled.
*No under 12's in our hostels or under 18's in our dormitories.
*All under 18's must be booked into a private room with an adult.
*Group bookings of more than 8 people must contact us directly to make a booking. Be aware that if you book online for a group, your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 12% deposit.
*We cannot guarantee that groups will be roomed together. This depends on availability.
*Check in time is 2pm.
*Check out time is strictly 10am, we do not offer a late check-out service.
*Double rooms have one large bed for 2 persons
*Twin rooms have either 2 single beds or a set of bunk beds
*Triple rooms have 1 double bed and 1 single bed
*Due to the large number of private rooms that we have we cannot guarantee that you will get one of the rooms pictured on this page. If you would like a particular room you have seen, please contact us directly
*We accept all major credit/debit cards excluding American Express.
* No-shows shall be charged the full amount of the reservation.
* There is a 10 GBP CASH refundable key deposit for all guests.
SPECIAL EVENT BOOKINGS
* August / Rugby / Bank Holiday Weekends / Easter /Hogmanay etc.
* 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 - Once you have paid in full, no refunds will be issued.
We accept all major credit/debit cards.
Under £25.00 - £0.50
Over £25.00 - 3% of total
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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.