15 Coolest Cheap and Best Hostels in Edinburgh

  • DHRUVALAKSHMI PAITHANKAR
  • UPDATED May 29, 2018
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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is the city that has strong ties with the past and is known as the home of medieval buildings, cobblestone streets, and historic gardens. This tourist-friendly city welcomes people from all around the world and offers different types of accommodations. The best way to explore the charming Edinburgh is to stay at one of the cheap hostels in Edinburgh that are nestled around the center of the city. The places that are ideal for backpackers and budget-travellers are also family-friendly. Here is the list of best hostels in Edinburgh where you can stay to experience the local flavour and make the most of your time. These hostels will introduce you to travellers around the globe and are a great place to make new friends while vacationing in Edinburgh.

1. Bobby's bunkhouse 

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Bobby's bunkhouse is a great place for those who are interested in exploring the city while staying in the heart of Edinburgh. It is one of the few hostels in Edinburgh city center where you will be offered all the exciting amenities at a low rate. This part of the city is also ideal if you want to go on a shopping spree. As each dormitory has a flat-screen TV, you can spend time leisurely even while lazing around. Stay at this lively bunkhouse and get a chance to soak in the local flavour.

Address - 9 Merchant Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 1 pm to 12 am

Rates - £12 onwards

Amenities - Free Wi-Fi, Lockers, Snacks and Drinks Vending Machines, Family Rooms, and 24-hour Front Desk

Things to be noted - Pets are not allowed. Free cancellation is allowed only for some room types.

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2. West End Hostel 

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If you want to pamper your taste buds with home-cooked food while enjoying a comfortable stay, then West End Hostel cum hotel is a place to be! Even though it is a little away from the center of the city, its neighbouring areas are dotted with exciting places that you can visit. It is one the cheap Edinburgh hostels where you can stay to be a part of the local canvas. Its huge dormitories can accommodate more than 15 people at a time. So, if you are travelling in a group, this is the perfect hostel for you.

Address - 35 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH125AU, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 11 pm

Rates - £12 onwards

Amenities - Breakfast, Bar, Luggage Storage, Free Wi-Fi, Family Rooms, and Non-Smoking Rooms

Things to be noted - Laundry Service available with additional charges. Children are not allowed.

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3. Cowgate Hostel 

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Cowgate Hostel is established only minutes away from Edinburgh Waverley train station. One of the best hostels in Edinburgh Waverley, this place has even won an award for its improved set-up and fully-equipped premises. If you are interested in exploring the surroundings, then some of the popular tourist attractions in Scotland are also located nearby. Cowgate Hostel is loved by travellers as this is one of the few hostels that allow stag and hen parties in Edinburgh.

Address - 96 Cowgate Edinburgh, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1JN, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 11 pm

Rates - £13 onwards

Amenities - Daily Maid Service, Shared Kitchen, Heating, and Free Wi-Fi

Things to be noted - Late check-in is allowed with additional fee.

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4. The Hostel 

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The Hostel, a place with a simple name, is home to funky dorms and delightful patio. You can enjoy all the benefits of the adults-only place while staying here. Its self-catering kitchen makes it one of the best cheap places to stay in Edinburgh. Keep in mind that TV lounge, kitchen, and lockers are not available during 11 pm to 8 am and you are good to go. As it is located in Haymarket district which is famous for shopping and entertainment in Edinburgh, staying here will give you a chance to explore the city easily.

Address - 3 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 11 pm

Rates - £13 onwards

Amenities - Washing Machine, Microwave, Refrigerator, Free Wi-Fi, and Board Games.

Things to be noted - Photo identification is necessary while checking in. Late check-in will cost extra. Guests under 18 are not allowed.

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5. High Street Hostel 

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High Street Hostel is located in the heart of old town area in Edinburgh. This budget hostel in Edinburgh, Scotland is a good place for solo-travellers and backpackers. You will find that the friendly staff is always ready to answer your queries and organizes different activities every week. Its shared lounge area is a great place to meet fellow travellers and make new friends. Stay here while exploring Edinburgh and go back home with lovely memories.

Address - 8 Blackfriars St, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm

Rates - £15 onwards

Amenities - 24-Hour Front Desk, Free Wi-Fi, Luggage Storage, Heating, and Breakfast

Things to be noted - Children are not allowed. Hen and stag parties are not permitted.

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6. City Stay Hostel Edinburgh 

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The name of the City Stay Hostel Edinburgh precisely describes what it’s all about. It is located on Queen Street in the heart of the city and offers the refreshing view of Queen Street Gardens. Its dedicated tour desk will help you plan different tours without any hassle. You can choose from mixed and females-only dorms according to your preference as each dorm has all the amenities. People looking for a low-budget stay in Edinburgh can opt for this place.

Address - 6 Queen Street, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 1 pm to 8 pm

Rates - £16 onwards

Amenities - Shared Kitchen, Games Room, Free Wi-Fi, Heating, and Non-Smoking Rooms

Things to be noted - Luggage storage is available with extra charges. Parking is not available.

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7. St Christopher's Edinburgh 

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St Christopher's Edinburgh is the best place if you are looking for cheap accommodations in Edinburgh. Nestled in the Victorian townhouse, this hostel combines old architectural style and modern amenities that will make your stay memorable. This lively place is good for different types of travellers and is known for having a separate entertainment venue along with a well-stocked bar. The place is managed by professional staff that will take care of every little thing making your stay enjoyable.

Address - 9-13 Market Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 12 am

Rates - £17 onwards

Amenities - Non-Smoking Rooms, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi, 24-Hour Front Desk, Bar, and Breakfast

Things to be noted - Cancellation policies are different according to room type.

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8. Royal Mile Backpackers

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As the name rightly suggests, Royal Mile Backpackers is a paradise for those who are searching for backpacker hostels in Edinburgh. Its quirky interior and themed bedrooms add a twist to regular hostel settings. If you are not sure about the places to visit and things to do in Edinburgh, then you can opt for free walking tours and pub crawls arranged by the hostel. Stay here while visiting the charming city of Edinburgh and make the most of your time.

Address - 105 High Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH11SG, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 11 pm

Rates - £18 onwards

Amenities - Laundry, Heating, Non-Smoking Rooms, Free Wi-Fi, and Newspapers

Things to be noted - This is an ‘adult-only’ hostel. Children cannot be accommodated here.

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9. Budget Backpackers 

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Budget Backpackers, as the name rightly suggests, is for people who want to stay at cheap backpacking hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland. The dorms are airy and painted with vibrant colours. You can be a part of their walking tours that will help you explore the best places in the city or you can stay at the hostel and enjoy playing board games with fellow tourists. Approach the reception if you need any tips and they will help you with the best possible advice.

Address- 37-39 Cowgate, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1JR, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 1 pm

Rates - £19 onwards

Amenities - Shared Lockers, Snacks and Drinks Vending Machines, 24-Hour Front Desk, Free Wi-Fi, Games Room, Bar, and Breakfast.

Things to be noted - Photo identification is required.

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10. Kick Ass 

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Kick Ass Hostel is nestled in the bustling Grassmarket area and is minutes away from famous points of interest in Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle. The basic dorms, clean showers, and standard bar have become the identity of the hostel. This city center Edinburgh hostel has different types of dormitories catering to the needs of different types of travellers. Its 24-hour front desk will assist you whenever needed. Do not miss being a part of its evening entertainment programs and have a wholesome experience!

Address - 2 West Port, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 1 pm to 12 am

Rates - £21 onwards

Amenities - Board Games, Free Wi-Fi, Non-Smoking Rooms, Bar, Breakfast, and Heating.

Things to be noted - Prepayment is not needed and free cancellation is allowed.

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11. Haystack Hostel 

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Haystack Hostel is nestled in an 18th-century Georgian building that recently underwent a major renovation and today stands as a charming site that welcomes wanderers around the world. Preferred by solo-travellers, budget-tourists, and backpackers, this is one of the cheap and best hostels in Edinburgh. Its well-equipped kitchen and sparklingly clean premises are enough to make your stay pleasant. Enjoy a heart to heart conversation over a free cup of tea or coffee with your dorm-mates!

Address - 5/3 West Register Street, New Town, Edinburgh, EH22AA, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm

Rates - £22 onwards

Amenities - Lockers, Luggage Storage, Heating, 24-Hour Front Desk, Breakfast, and Free Wi-Fi

Things to be noted - Photo identification is necessary while checking in. A key deposit of £10 is required.

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12. The Baxter Hostel

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The Baxter Hostel enjoys a reputation for being one of the best-rated locations in the city. This adults-only hostel in Edinburgh is nestled only minutes away from Edinburgh Waverley train station and is known for offering a complimentary breakfast. The dorms at this hostel are spacious and kitchen, well-stocked. The Baxter has a unique character and warm vibes that are perfect for a cozy stay. You can hang out at the vibrant shared lounge area and listen to the stories of travellers around the globe.

Address - 5/2 West Register Street, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 12 am

Rates - £26 onwards

Amenities - Free Wi-Fi, 24-Hour Front Desk, Luggage Storage, Lockers, Breakfast, and Shared Kitchen

Things to be noted - Guests under 18 are not allowed. Pets are not allowed.

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13. Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel 

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Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel calls itself a 5-star hotel and you will understand how true that is after checking in. One of the great places to stay in Edinburgh, this youth hostel is usually preferred by solo travellers. If you are interested in experiencing the nightlife in Edinburgh, you must stay here. It has clean and comfortable bunk beds and a separate children’s play area making it ideal for families as well. Its central location and extensive lunch menu are the added benefits. The hostel also offers facilities for disabled guests. The helpful staff will help you plan a trip around the city.

Address - 9 Haddington Place, Broughton, Edinburgh, EH7 4AL, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 3 pm

Rates - £26 onwards

Amenities - Family Rooms, Non-Smoking Rooms, Free Wi-Fi, Bar, and Library.

Things to be noted - Credit and debit cards are accepted excluding American Express.

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14. Safestay Edinburgh 

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The best way to enjoy travelling is to stay at a place that has spacious and airy rooms and refreshing vibes. Safestay Edinburgh is one of the few hostels in Old Town Edinburgh where you will be greeted with big dormitories where you can relax and open terrace where you can spend some leisurely time. Located only a couple of minutes away from the popular Princes Street, this hostel will allow you to experience the true Scottish vibes! 

Address - 50 Blackfriars Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 2 pm to 12 am

Rates - £30 onwards

Amenities - Facilities for Disabled Guests, Shared Kitchen, Free Wi-Fi, Bar, and Breakfast.

Things to be noted - American Express cards are not accepted. Photo identification is required.

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15. CODE - POD Hostel Edinburgh 

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The friendly staff, trendy rooms, stylish interior define the CODE - POD Hostel. You will get to stay in a Victorian-era building and enjoy all the modern amenities at the same time. It offers facilities like express check-in & check-out along with a tour desk that is enough to make your vacation in Edinburgh unforgettable. Its rates will not burn a hole in your pockets and will still pamper you with everything you need. This Edinburgh hostel is perfect for tourists of different age-groups.

Address - 50 Rose Street North Lane, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 2NP, United Kingdom

Check-in - From 3 pm to 8 pm

Rates - £32 onwards

Amenities - Free Wi-Fi, Breakfast, Safety Deposit Box, Heating, and Non-Smoking Rooms

Things to be noted - Parking is not available.

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So, next time you are visiting Edinburgh, stay at one of the hostels from the list above and enjoy a wonderful vacation!

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