Caledonian Backpackers

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***Join us in January for some of our FAMOUS Caledonian bar parties. Keep and eye on our facebook page for more details***

Please note that we strictly only permit guests above the age of 18. This is because we have a liquor license for the entire building, so the law states we cannot allow under-18s in, and we do not make exceptions. For the security of all guests, everyone is required to produce government- issued photo ID to check in.

Thank you for choosing us as your Edinburgh Hostel. We understand that a hostel can make a big difference in your enjoyment of a city and we love Edinburgh so much we have made sure our hostel will give you the pleasure you deserve.

We are located in the city centre, so however you arrive, you will be able to walk to us, unless you arrive by plane, for which there is an airport bus which will bring you to our door.

Our rooms are centrally heated and come in a variety of sizes. We will have your bed made and ready for you, so you don't have to mess with that stuff. We have made available a number of female-only dormitories and our other dorms are mixed-sex. The prices vary by day and room size so you will have to check. Weekdays are usually discounted, so you can get some good bargains if you stay midweek.

You can arrive anytime you want. We have a room you can leave your luggage in if it's too early to go to your bed. We'll probably even let you go in for breakfast if you arrive before noon. Yes, that's correct, our breakfast goes until 12 noon, which is also our check-out time (Please note that for groups over 12 people check out time is 10am) It turns out that if the boss is a traveller who hates getting kicked out of bed early, everyone benefits.

Naturally, our reception is open 24 hours a day, but we also have a bar and cafe open 6am until 1am, 3am or 5am, depending on our fullness. And in this bar/café we have couches, pool tables, and a Wii as well as board games for you to play. We also will lend you a laptop, if you leave ID, for no cost at all.

In fact, our aim is to make sure you can always be connected. Apart from the laptops, we have computers around the place for you to use, and throughout the building we have Wi-Fi available, even in your bed. And all this is at no extra cost to you. Yes, the boss is a bit of a geek, too, who makes sure the Wi-Fi is always fast.

Security-wise, we have the aforementioned 24-hour receptionist manning the door, as well as a key-card system to ensure no one gets access to your room. Inside the room we have lockers, for which you will need your own padlock. (We sell them at reception as well.) By using your own padlock, you know no one else has access to your locker. Of course, we also will look after your passport in our reception safe, or lock up your laptop (we have lockers with power points available). And on check-out, you can leave your bag in the storage room until your flight/bus/train is ready for you, and you can hang around the hostel too if you want.

Maybe you’ll visit our beanbag cinema, where you can choose from a selection of 150 movies on the big screen, or you can cook up something in the kitchen, which is always open as well, and has an oven, microwave, hotplates and fridges, and some lovely tables to sit around. Overlooking the castle, you might enjoy sitting in our relaxing 'Cucumber Room' while reading a book from the free book swap library.

There is a supermarket a minutes’ walk away, so you could cook yourself a cheap meal for dinner, but we have breakfast covered for you. It’s a simple breakfast, hostel style, with filtered coffee, tea, orange drink, toast with vegemite, chocolate spread or jam, corn flakes, muesli or Weetabix. If you want a cooked breakfast, you could go to Wannaburger next door and get a pancake breakfast or a full bacon and egg fry-up for just £4.95.

If you don't want to cook, there are heaps of restaurants and take away joints around. Just ask for ideas from reception or the bar.

Although we’ve focused on what you can do in the hostel, there are many great things on offer in Edinburgh. In the evening you should do a ghost tour, which costs about £8, but gives you a great insight into the murky history of this historic town. By day you can do a free tour, and see the best of the sights in Edinburgh. Ask at reception for more details on how to join these tours, or even find out about the excellent day tours into the highlands.

We now accept Stag and hen parties as well as large groups from 12 people to over 100 so get in touch for quotes.

Hopefully, you’ve seen that we’re trying to provide exactly the environment we would like when we travel. It is what hostels were designed for, where they are different from hotels. Please, whoever you choose to stay with, do enjoy your stay in Edinburgh.

Please read our Things to Note below before booking.


  • 24 Hour Reception 
  • 24 Hour Security 
  • Adaptors 
  • Bar 
  • Board games 
  • Book Exchange 
  • Breakfast Included 
  • Cafe 
  • Common Room 
  • DVD's 
  • Fax Service 
  • Free City Maps 
  • Free Internet Access 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Games Room 
  • Hairdryers For Hire 
  • Hot Showers 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Internet Access 
  • Jobs Board 
  • Key Card Access 
  • Kitchen 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Linen Included 
  • Lockers 
  • Luggage Storage 
  • Pool Table 
  • Postal Service 
  • Tours/Travel Desk 
  • Towels for hire 
  • Washing machine 


Caledonian Backpackers Hostel is located at the West End of Princes St. If in doubt, ask any local for directions to the Caledonian Hotel. It's kind of got the same name, and is kind of on the same intersection as us, but is much better-known.

From Edinburgh airport:
There is a bus which goes from the terminal directly to near our building, which is very kind of the city to organise. It is the double-decker blue Airport 100 bus, and costs £3.50, and runs from 4:30am until midnight. (After that, catch the N22 bus.) It stops on Hope St, which the driver should announce as Hope St/West End/Caledonian Hotel. Don't stress - if you go too far, the last stop is the train station, so follow directions from there. Get off the bus, turning right and at the corner to your right, then turn right again at the Santander Bank, where you should see our sign two doors up.

From the bus station:
Go right and up the escalator. Then you turn left on St Andrews St, go to the end and turn right, which is Princes St.

From Waverly train station:
Follow the sign to Princes St and turn left onto it. When on Princes St, head past the castle (on your left), and walk until the gardens on the left finish and a church is there. You should see the church, a road heading north, and then the Caledonian Hilton Hotel. You don't want to stay there because they aren't as much fun as us. Assuming you are on the opposite side of Princes St to the church, keep walking a little bit more, until you are forced to turn or cross the road. If you look across, you should see the Santander Bank with its fiery red logo. At the bank, turn right, and our doorway is the third up. Our Internet room is actually directly above the bank.

By car:
The news is bad, unfortunately - cars cannot get near our entrance as too many buses run past. And parking isn't available anywhere near us for any reasonable prices. The best option is to park at one of the city's Park'n'Ride stations and catch the bus back into the centre of town, where we are. The other option is to use the long-term parking at the airport, which is more secure and costs about £8 a day. But you really won't need the car while you are in Edinburgh anyway!