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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Edinburgh Backpackers

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Brilliant Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, procedural changes have had to be made to operate in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Scottish Government.
To minimise face to face contact, and maintain social distancing, our Reception will be open from 09.00 - 14.00.
Please wear masks and use hand sanitiser before entering!
All bookings will be charged 48 hours prior to arrival, and instructions regarding collection of keys and location of rooms will be emailed at time of payment.
An additional £10 key deposit will also be charged to your card at this time. This will be refunded within 24 hours of the return of the keys.
If your card is declined, your booking WILL be cancelled.
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy – if you wish to cancel, you must give us 2 days notice before your arrival date.

Check in: 2pm

Check out: before 10am

•We do not accept Stag or Hen bookings. If you book a Stag or Hen party, your booking will be cancelled/you will be refused check in.

•No under 12's in our hostels under any circumstances.

•No under 18's in our dormitories, all 12-18 year olds must be booked into a private room with an adult.

•Please note Edinburgh Backpackers does not have storage for bicycles.

The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is a fun hostel aimed at young and young at heart backpackers looking to enjoy themselves in Edinburgh. We have 4 separate buildings comprising of a variety of dormitories and private rooms, in the very best location in Edinburgh! We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful attitude and are always on hand to give recommendations of our favourite attractions, historical sites, pubs, clubs, restaurants and local businesses.

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*Due to the historical nature of our buildings, we have a lot of stairs and no elevator - be prepared to climb!
*Best location in town
*Lockers available in all dormitories, cash deposit required
*Key card access for dormitories, cash deposit required
*Free luggage storage prior to arrival
*£3 all day luggage storage upon departure
*Free WIFI throughout all our buildings
*Free tea and coffee in shared kitchen (kitchen currently closed in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance)

Our clean and comfortable dormitories range in size from 5 beds to 14 beds. All of our dorm rooms have power points for every guest, key card access (cash deposit required) and security lockers (cash deposit required).

We have 20 recently renovated private rooms spread across our 4 buildings. The options available include singles, doubles, twins, triples and quad rooms. Not all room types are available as en-suites.

In our main building we have a fully equipped self-catering Kitchen, with everything you need to keep yourself fed on a budget. (Kitchen currently closed in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance)

Our 2 common rooms are a great place to meet fellow travellers. We have a games room with pool table and darts board and a TV/dining room with Sky TV, book exchange and board games. (Common areas are currently closed in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance)

•No under 12's in our hostels under any circumstances.

•No under 12's in our hostels under any circumstances, no under 18's in our dormitories

•All under 18's (no under 12's) must be booked into a private room with an adult.

Please note Edinburgh Backpackers does not have storage for bicycles.
We do not accept Stag or Hen bookings. If you book a Stag or Hen party, your booking will be cancelled/you will be refused check in.

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.
Card Charges for non-European Economic Area residents and Business/Corporate Accounts
Under £25.00 - £0.50

'Non-refundable bookings' will be charged within 24 hours of the booking being made and as stated, are non-refundable!

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Edinburgh Backpackers is a friendly spot for a trip to Scotland, spread across four buildings in the heart of the city. Check in is from 2pm, but no worries if you get here early – we'll keep your bag for free while you explore. Just ask at reception and we'll point you in the right direction for a free city tour. We've got a café and two common rooms for friendly gatherings – relax with a movie in the TV room, or unleash your competitive side in our games room. Pool, anyone?


Our rooms are in 19th-century buildings on Cockburn Street in the city's Old Town – known by locals for its quirky shops. Because of their age, there are stairs in each building, and no elevators. It's just a few steps from Waverley Train Station, where the Airlink 100 bus will drop you off if you're coming from the airport (it takes about 30 minutes). Stroll downhill from us and you'll be on Princes Street – the heart of Edinburgh's shopping area – in minutes. Wander uphill to find yourself on the historic street, The Royal Mile, with the castle at the top.

Rooms and Dorms

You can mingle in a mixed or female-only dorm, or treat yourself to some alone time in a private double, twin or quad. Pick a room with an en-suite for a little extra privacy. Our rooms have free linen, key card access and secure lockers (you'll need £5 for a deposit in the dorms, or £10 in the private rooms). Because we're on a hill, you'll get a great view across Edinburgh's skyline: perfect for a selfie!

Extras and activities

We're just up the hill from the Cowgate, Edinburgh's best nightlife street, so you won't have far to go for a pub crawl with your new travel buddies. With free Wi-Fi, you can share photos that'll make your friends back home wish they were out with you! Help yourself to free tea and coffee in the shared kitchen to help you wake up the morning after.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.2

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 7.7

  • Atmosphere 7.2

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 7.2

Latest Reviews

  • 9.4


    26 Jul 2021
    Double bedroom with private bathroom. Big room, comfy beds, nice shower. With a bit of work to details would be better and could/should be more expensive. Great lication, just a bit noisy from kebab shop next door. Room was private, so no contacts with others-could be good or bad thing, up to travellers. Personally would be better if would be in main hostel area ro interact with others, but it is just my opinion-if looking for privacy, good value for money and highly recommended.
    Poland, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 9.1


    26 Jun 2021
    Getting through the front door could be a bit tricky
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    25 Jun 2021
    Excellent hostel to stay in! Amazing location and a great price for the dorm rooms. Very COVID safe, all the check ins were done without a need for contact with other person, and the beds were nicely spaced to minimise contact. Only minor criticism would be a lack of natural light in our dorm room. Would recommend the hostel to anyone!
    England, All Male Group, 18-24
  • 8.9


    22 Jul 2021
    An efficient system of letting us in whatever time we arrived.covid safe. Clean, compact ensuite twin room in a wonderful part of Edinburgh- down an alley off Cockburn Street.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 8.6


    17 Jul 2021
    Great private rooms,just need abit more looking after,broken window(needed to put a towel under it to keep it open),and broken bathroom door(hanging off the track),other than that great location,highly recommend, will use again.
    England, Couple, 41+
  • 8.6


    14 Jun 2021
    Overall good value for money! Rooms were very quiet despite the central location and all shared facilities were very clean. Unfortunately, some rooms had no windows which can be a bit depressing but shouldn't be an issue for those just looking for an affordable place to stay in Edinburgh. Can recommend!
    Germany, Male, 18-24
  • 8.3


    02 Aug 2021
    My fiance and I had a lovely time staying in the Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel. We plumped for a double ensuite room, and while it was very cosy, it was perfect for a budget, two night whirlwind tour in Edinburgh's city centre. Close to restaurants, bars, major sights, and some of the most beautiful buildings in the world our little room on Fleshmarket close was just ideal. I would definitely stay again!
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 8.3


    20 Jun 2021
    The location is really great, very much city centre. Great value for money. The only problem somebody may possibly see is the view outside bedroom 6 where I stayed; it is so creepy and ugly it's almost beautiful: old stone walls, covered in algae and moss, dilapidated and tiny backyard with crumbling fence, and a perfect view into somebodys lounge.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 3.4


    31 May 2021
    Is ugly, disgusting and there is not people to help you in the daily needs, like issues with the room
    Mexico, Male, 25-30
  • 3.1


    09 Jun 2021
    Changes were made to my booking by the hostel. I was unaware their email went into the spam folder. On the page, reception starts at 14:00 and closes at 18:00. I arrived at 16:00, but the reception was closed and no one would pick up my call. I couldn't enter the premises and had to book another accommodation for the night. After I returned home I ask for a full refund and they refused.
    England, Male, 41+
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi