High Street Hostel, 8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh, EH1 1NE

Call Reception on 0131 557 3984

Affordable backpackers hostel in central Edinburgh

The High Street Hostel has become a hugely popular destination for world travellers since opening in 1985 and is one of Europe's best regarded and most atmospheric hostels.

Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 470-year-old building it is the perfect base for exploring all the city's attractions and of course its wonderful nightlife.

Providing excellence in location, ambience and facilities, the hostel is highly recommended by more than ten of the world's top backpacker travel guides

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Scottish Borders, Glasgow, Edinburgh and South Scotland and here is its own website.


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  • Beds & Rooms:

  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    From £14 per person. ID required for check in.
  • Booking:

    Booking in advance not always crucial, 1 night's payment for booking.
  • Directions:

    From the bus station (St Andrews Square) turn left onto Princes Street then first right onto Northbridge. At the top turn left onto the High Street on the Royal Mile and hostel is on Blackfriars St. on right. From railway station main exit turn left onto Waverley Bridge then right at the mini roundabout and straight ahead up the Mound, at the junction go left, then at crossroads left again going down the Royal Mile. Cross at the traffic lights at Northbridge and Blackfriars St is second on the right. From the airport take bus 100 to last stop, Waverley Bridge and follow as above.
  • Public Transport :

    Only a 5/10 minute walk from Edinburgh bus station or Waverley train station. Taxis cost between £3-£5 from each. The airport bus also stops outside the train station on the last stop so it is very easy to get to the hostel.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Land's End to John O Groats on foot Castles and Coasts Route Great North Trail Scottish National Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available New Year 2023 / 2024 Available February Half Term 2024 Available Easter 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
6Green Tourism Award: Bronze
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from High Street Hostel

High Street Hostel in Edinburgh is back! After months of emptiness our halls will finally be welcoming in guests again!

March 3rd 2021

We’re open again but with a few tweeks to the way we do things. So if you’re looking to visit us please read on to see how we’ll be making High Street the cleanest environment possible for our future guests. Book on our website.

As excited as we are to be able to welcome visitors again, we will put safety first. That is why we are strictly following government guidelines. To that end, we have a thorough cleaning regime, regularly wiping all surfaces in the building. We have installed hand sanitiser dispensers on all levels and encourage you to make use of them. Our staff will wear masks during their shifts. We keep windows open as much as possible to allow air circulation.

For the time being, every booking will be assigned to their own room and have their own shower and toilet to use. Unfortunately, access to some of our common areas including the kitchen is currently not possible. We provide a small fridge as well as free tea and coffee in our reception lounge.

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Cheap, friendly and historic accommodation available for Hogmanay New year!

October 29th 2020

Located in the centre of the city, High Street Hostel is just a street away from the famous Royal mile. It is the perfect sanctuary for backpackers, budget travellers, students and fellow world explorers staying during Edinburgh New Year!
Party under the stars at Edinburgh’s biggest street festival

High Street hostel boasts a large communal room. It is bursting at the seams with nick nacks and oddities – including historic knights armour! If the Hogmanay celebrations were not enough, High street hostel also hosts weekly events, such as burger night, movie night, pub crawls and pool tournaments. Each bed also comes equipped with a locker. So valuables will be safe while you are out dancing the night away during the Hogmanay events.

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High Street Hostel

October 15th 2011

High Street Hostel is located just off the High Street in the old town area of Edinburgh and claims to be the city’s oldest hostel. When you enter the solid and prominent building you are greeted by a large, warm and homely lounge area, furnished with sofas, table and chairs.

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