Hostels in Edinburgh

Caledonian Backpackers

Caledonian Backpackers a wonderful place for backpackers to stay – located right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, with all the sights nearby and the best views of the Castle from the hostel windows.

No other hostel can provide such spectacular views or great facilities. Get your camera ready!. All our rooms are bright, clean and comfortable with great mattresses and quality bedding. We will supply FREE of charge sheets, pillows and a Duvet/Comforter so all you will need to bring is a towel – you can also hire towels from reception. We also offer guests free WIFI, Internet access and Free Breakfast as standard.

With plenty of hot showers and bathrooms on every floor, 3 well equipped kitchens, TV rooms, Smoking and Non Smoking areas, Internet facilities and a 24-hour laundry all inside the hostel what else could you need?

How about a large bar – Caledonian Backpackers also provides its guests with a huge licensed, late opening bar! This is the venue for some of the UK’s best bands. Fans come from all over the UK to see their favourite bands here and pay to get in. You as a guest of our hostel get a free pass! Please be aware that due to licensing laws you MUST be aged 18 Years old to stay at the Hostel.

The hostel is ideal for groups or individual travelers.  We can sleep up to 120 persons in Group Sized Dorms and Small Private Rooms.


A great place to chill out…

A Hostel with a difference…

On regular nights at Caledonian Backpackers you can enjoy the international atmosphere and great music, Theme Parties, Thursday night Pool competitions and Sunday Movie Special shown on the bars large screen TV.

We are a colourful property with dormitories and private rooms, and we welcome long and short-term stays.

We have both mixed and female-only dorms. Our rooms feature keycards for extra security, as well as in-room lockers – if you forget your own padlock, we sell them at reception, too. Linen and breakfast are included in the rates.

Facilities on offer include TV rooms, kitchens, Internet and Wi-Fi, beanbag cinema room, vending machines, free book swap, laundry services and a licensed bar which offers cheap drinks, live music, Wii and pool until the early morning.

We have a safe at reception as well if you’d like to store your passport or laptop. You’re welcome to leave your luggage in our storage room after check-out while you wait for your flight/bus/train.

For you late sleepers, we serve breakfast until noon!

Please note that we do not permit guests under the age of 18.  Stag and Hen Parties are now welcome.


Caledonian Backpackers is located on Queensferry Street in the very heart of Edinburgh city centre.  This is just a stones throw away from Princes Street.  This is an ultimate location to explore the city.  Some of the hostel rooms boast superb views of Edinburgh Castle.

Caledonian Backpackers is perfectly located within walking distance of the main bus and train stations.  The hostel is 5 minute walk from both Haymarket and Waverley Rail station.   The new tram line which takes you to the airport is just a few steps away. Our location between the old and the new towns means that guests are within walking distance not only of Edinburgh’s main tourist attractions, but also all the best shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs.

Expore Rose Street and its numerous unique shops, great bars and wonderful cafes and restaurants.

There is so much to explore from this great location.  Check out Princes Street Gardens and enjoy the magnificent views of Edinburgh Castle.  Go shopping at Harvey Nicols or walk to Edinburgh castle.  All of the best things to see and do are right on your doorstep.

Transport Links
Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket Rail stations are  just 5 minutes walk. There are numerous buses and tram options.   You wont need a car at Caley.

find just a very short walk away.

  • Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle -10 Mins
  • Grassmarket party zone with it exclusive shops, bars and restaurants- 6 mins
  • Princes Street – 1 Min
  • Fountainbridge where you will find Edinburgh Quay and its boats and barges – 7 Mins
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre – 6 minutes
  • Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth exhibition – 15 mins
Caledonian Backpackers Room Layouts

At Caledonian Backpackers we offer bright, clean, spacious dorm rooms.  Some rooms have picturesque views over Princes Street and the Edinburgh skyline.  With 150 beds, and accommodation ranging from dorm rooms, quads, triples, twins and doubles, we’re confident we’ll have something that will more than suit your requirements and exceed your expectations.


Check out our ‘Vital Statistics’ before you book to find out if Caledonian Backpackers is a match for you or your group.

  • LOCATION 100%
  • FUN 100%
  • STAFF 90%
  • 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 
  • We require 1 months notice of cancellation for Groups
  • We require 72 hours notice of cancellation for Individuals
  • All Bedlinen
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Breakfast

Groups of more than 8 persons are required to pay a refundable security deposit of £20 per person on arrival. The deposit will be refunded on departure provided there has been no damages or behavior problems


Whether you need Meals, Airport transfers, packed lunches, tours or anything else just let us know. We have 12 years experience of helping groups make the most of their time in Edinburgh. We only use the very best providers in the city. Arrive with no surprises.

At Caledonian Backpackers Hostel we can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 120 persons. We now accept Stag or hen Parties but minimum age is 18.  We regularly welcome large summer groups of all types and sizes to Edinburgh Scotland. Language, student and sports groups are all welcome.  We do accept student groups as long as everyone is 18.


We are group booking specialists and we aim to provide a very personal service.

Just let us know the size of your group, the type of room layouts you require. We will get back to you within 24 hours with a great option, tailored to meet your specific needs. Even better if we can’t accommodate your group at ‘Caledonian Backpackers Hostel’ we will send an alternative option.

Caledonian Backpackers Hostel