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About edinburgh backpackers hostel

Situated in the heart of the city centre on Edinburgh’s funkiest street, located just 200 yards from Waverley Rail station and Airlink Bus Stop.

With an abundance of shops, record stores, cafés, pubs and clubs on the doorstep. Set in a 19th century building in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Old Town, our hostel is located 50 metres from the Royal Mile, the ancient thoroughfare and main pulse of this cosmopolitan city. With the train station and airport shuttle bus being less than two minutes away we are conveniently located for transport, making Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel easy to find, but difficult to leave.

During the day you can explore the world-renowned Castle, Holyrood Palace, Cathedral and Princes Street area, all a short stroll from the hostel. Then when the sun goes down all the main pubs and restaurants are right there for your enjoyment.

With an unbeatable location, friendly staff, comfortable beds and an international atmosphere, Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is the best place to stay whilst in Edinburgh.

Please be advised that we do not accept under 12’s under any circumstances and all children 17 and under must be booked into a private room with a responsible adult. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse bookings that do not comply with our age restrictions.


The good news is that there's no curfew so you're free to explore the city until the wee hours of the morning. We also have a self-catering kitchen, poolroom and a chill out lounge area with internet and Sky TV. If you don't feel like cooking there is a café/bar attached to the hostel called the Southern Cross Café. Come here for a bite to eat, a relaxing drink, or to do some emailing on the Internet. We have an extensive menu and a wide range of drinks to offer. All Hostel guests also receive a 15% discount off their food bill.

  • 24 hour entry

  • Free Wifi

  • Bar area with Pool table

  • 2 mins from Rail station

  • Cafe

  • Fresh Bed Linen

  • Kitchen Facilities

  • Cheap Breakfast available

  • TV in private Rooms

  • Central Heating

  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities

  • Lockable bedrooms

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Common Room

  • Luggage Storage

  • Towels


City & Culture

Edinburgh Backpackers hostel is  situated in the heart of the city, on Cockburn street, a picturesque street created as a serpentine link between Waverley Station and the Royal Mile. On the lefts side of our main building there is one of the more famous Edinburgh's closes: Fleshmarket. From here you can walk to all major attractions in minutes. Take a walk  through Princes Street gardens under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and explore Edinburgh’s wonderful attractions.

 Within a very short walk away:

  • Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle -2 Mins

  • Grassmarket party zone with it exclusive shops, bars and restaurants- 4 mins

  • Princes Street – 3 Mins

  • Fountainbridge where you will find Edinburgh Quay and its boats and barges – 12 Mins

  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre – 12 minutes

  • Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth exhibition – 8 mins