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Destiny Student - Murano (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
3-5 Amphion Lane (Murano Place), Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Leith, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Princes Street, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Princes Street Gardens ...
4/5Very Good! (291 reviews)
"Staff were great and the property was conveniently located to explore the city. But oh my god... the heat. Staying a night in one of these rooms could be likened"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

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Destiny Student - Meadow Court (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
13 Sciennes, Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Newington, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of The Meadows, University of Edinburgh, and Festival Theatre. Grassmarket and Princes Street are ...
3.5/5Good! (87 reviews)
"This property was filthy and would highly recommend if you could afford to stay in a hotel you do. The flat we lived in had a really bad smell (like old cigarette smoke). The bedroom was dirty upon arrival and I’m not even sure they changed the bedding prior to our arrival. The shared bathroom was ..."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

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Destiny Student - Meadow Court (Campus Accommodation)
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2 out of 5
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is $17 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is steps from Edinburgh Vaults, Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Grassmarket and University of Edinburgh are also within ...
3.8/5Good! (760 reviews)
Good for the price
"For the price it’s really good, a private en suite room for less than £25 is great. Having a fan in the room was nice as it was a warm night. Was quiet and genuinely felt safe. I’d recommend it to anyone that’s on a budget and needs somewhere safe to sleep. I stayed in the twin bunk bed room."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

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High Street Hostel
3 out of 5
8-18 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is $69 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is steps from Museum of Childhood, Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Real Mary King's Close and St. Giles' Cathedral ...
4/5Very Good! (153 reviews)
"Nice clean good people"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2021

High Street Hostel
Pollock Halls
2 out of 5
18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Newington, this eco-friendly hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Commonwealth Pool, University of Edinburgh, and Princes Street. Royal Mile and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (979 reviews)
"Good location, quick and easy check in, good value for money. Most of the parking spaces on site were cordoned off and could not be used making it very difficult to get a space. Could not see the reason for this and it was annoying."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

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Pollock Halls
Castle Rock Hostel
2 out of 5
15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is $85 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is steps 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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The price is $83 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is steps from Grassmarket, National Museum of Scotland, and The Hub. Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (58 reviews)
"The hostel was really good and staff friendly, only problem was 2 people that decided to have sex during the night and not allowed nobody to sleep and the girl was not even hosted inside the room."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

Kick Ass Greyfriars (18+ hostel)
St. Christopher's Inn Edinburgh - Hostel
3 out of 5
9-13 Market St, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is $71 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is steps from City Art Centre, Princes Street, and Edinburgh Dungeon. Royal Mile and St. Giles' Cathedral are also ...
3.5/5Good! (166 reviews)
"Lovely stay and great service"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2021

St. Christopher's Inn Edinburgh - Hostel
The Hostel
2 out of 5
3 Clifton Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is $57 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Princes Street. George Street and Usher ...
3.2/5 (157 reviews)
"Cramped rooms and small bunk beds that you can't even sit up in. I did not see any evidence of the rooms, bed sheets or bathrooms being cleaned during my 4-night stay at all. The bathrooms were freezing cold as they had no heating. Also, the keycards for the front door and rooms did not work (despite ..."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

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Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel)
2.5 out of 5
2 West Port, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Grassmarket, Royal Mile, and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Edinburgh Castle ...
4.3/5Excellent! (81 reviews)
"The room was quiet as I stayed in an all girl's room but it was very cold. I also don't know how often they change the sheets and blankets. they should have male and female separate toilets."

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

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Kick Ass Grassmarket (18+ hostel)
Destiny Student - Holyrood (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
31 Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile, and Arthur's Seat. Princes Street and Edinburgh ...
3.6/5Good! (362 reviews)
"The room we stayed in was small enough for my and my friend. It had a double bed and small bathroom. I guess you have to remember that uni halls are really meant for one person so sticking two people in the space will feel a bit crowded. I liked it though and the kitchen was massive. Great location ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

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Destiny Student - Holyrood (Campus Accommodation)
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
5 out of 5
9 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is $70 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 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! (98 reviews)
"Had an excellent stay,have been before and certainly be back.JACKIE DOYLE"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
Argyle Backpackers
4 out of 5
14 Argyle Place, Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The price is $62 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Newington, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Meadows and University of Edinburgh. Grassmarket and Princes Street are also within 15 minutes. ...
3.8/5Good! (166 reviews)
"Perfect deal for 20£, excellent staff & service. Cheers"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2021

Argyle Backpackers
The University of Edinburgh, Baird House
2 out of 5
Baird House, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Newington, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Commonwealth Pool, University of Edinburgh, and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse ...
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The University of Edinburgh, Baird House
McDonald Road Student Accommodation
2 out of 5
6 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
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 ...
3.2/5 (153 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

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McDonald Road Student Accommodation
Destiny Student - Shrubhill (Campus Accommodation)
2 out of 5
8 Middlefield, Shrubhill, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Leith, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Princes Street, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens are ...
3.6/5Good! (192 reviews)
"Convenient location to main center of town and train station (moderate walk). Helpful and courteous staff. Clean room. No A/C but Edinburgh usually doesn't need it, I suppose. Fan was available to borrow. Private room with bath was sufficient with external shared kitchen among a "flat" of a few rooms. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

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Destiny Student - Shrubhill (Campus Accommodation)
St Christopher's Edinburgh Old Town - Hostel
2 out of 5
32 Market St, Edinburgh, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is $63 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hostel is steps from Edinburgh Dungeon, Princes Street, and Real Mary King's Close. Royal Mile and George Street are also ...
2/5 (1 review)
Loud and not nice showers
"The noise from the bar blow was louder then imagined and didn't stop until midnight. Very expensive for what you get, also shower is very small and doesn't have a hose shower but a fixed shower which I don't like. Location is very central which is great."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

St Christopher's Edinburgh Old Town - Hostel
The Mill House - Campus Accommodation
2 out of 5
400 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Gorgie, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Edinburgh Zoo and Princes Street are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (26 reviews)
Nice and cheap.
"Small basic bed but for the price very good. Good location with a short bus ride into town."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

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The Mill House - Campus Accommodation
Globetrotter Inn Hostel
2 out of 5
46 Marine DriveCramond ForeshoreEH4 5EP, EdinburghScotlandUnited Kingdom, Edinburgh, Scotland
Situated in Edinburgh, this hostel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Lauriston Castle and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Royal Botanic Garden. Western General is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...
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Haystack Hostel
4 out of 5
5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in New Town, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Andrew Square, St. Giles' Cathedral, and Princes Street Gardens. Calton Hill and National ...
3.7/5Good! (48 reviews)
Centrally located
"Very positive iexpeeience in general. staff very helpful. Clean hostal. Cleanliness and considerate travelers."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2017

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Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh

4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is $114 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
4.5/5Wonderful! (763 reviews)
"The check in was very busy and only 1 on ."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

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Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket

4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is $77 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
4/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Convenient location, and hotel was all to my liking"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile

ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile

3 out of 5
77 South Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is $94 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
4.2/5Excellent! (930 reviews)

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're searching for somewhere affordable to stay in Edinburgh, one of the 33 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:

Safestay Edinburgh - Located within a 5-minute walk of Festival Theatre. Property features include free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. Rooms come with showers and free toiletries.

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

Argyle Backpackers - Located within a 10-minute walk of University of Edinburgh. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with showers and TVs.

Castle Rock Hostel - Located steps from Edinburgh Castle. 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.

High Street Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of St. Giles' Cathedral and Real Mary King's Close. Property features include free WiFi, a bar, and a shared/communal kitchen. 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
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St. Giles' Cathedral
Natural Features
  • Arthur's Seat
  • Calton Hill
  • Royal Botanic Garden
Cultural Attractions
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • National Gallery 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.

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