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Caledonian Backpackers
3 Queensferry Street West End Edinburgh EH2 4PA Scotland
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Caledonian Backpackers - A Popular Edinburgh Hostel

If you’re looking for a hip and happening hostel right in the heart of Edinburgh stay at Caledonian Backpackers where you’ll have so much fun that you will find it hard to leave! This hostel attracts backpackers from around the world and has such a friendly atmosphere that it’s easy to make friends. The multilingual staff are there to help you make the most of Edinburgh and there’s no curfew so you can catch the cultural highlights or explore the huge range of bars and clubs all day and night.

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This cheap Edinburgh hostel has a range of clean dormitories, twin, double, triple, or quad rooms that all come with fresh linen. It’s jammed packed with facilities including well equipped kitchens, laundry amenities, and internet access to help you keep up with all your mundane tasks. If you’re looking for entertainment there are TV rooms and Caledonian Backpackers even has its own late night bar. It attracts up and coming bands from all over the UK and entrance is free for residents.


24 Hour Reception / Bar / Central Heating / Desk / Fire Escape / Hotel Safe / Interior Room Entrance / Laundry / Mineral Water / Pay-Phones / Self-Catering Kitchen / Shared bathroom / Shared Kitchen / Shower / Smoke Detectors / Television Lounge / Toilet / Tourist Information / Wake Up Service / Wireless Internet Access


Caledonian Backpackers is just between the Old Town and the New Town of Edinburgh, which is where most of the historical and cultural points of interest are. You can see Edinburgh Castle from the windows of the hostel. Old Town itself has a range of pubs, clubs, and restaurants to suit any taste and budget. You’ll also find the Scottish Parliament and the Museum of Scotland here.


You have to be over 18 to stay at Caledonian Backpackers.

Check in from: 2:00 pm

If you are booking for more than 1 person at Caledonian Backpackers you can request to be placed in the same dormitory, but this cannot be guaranteed. If you are making a group booking you can request to share an entire dormitory, but it cannot be guaranteed that you will all be placed in the same dormitory and have the room to yourselves.

Due to a smoking ban on all public areas in Scotland, all areas of Caledonian Backpackers are non-smoking.

By Plane:
Caledonian Backpackers is only 25 minutes from Edinburgh Airport; just take the shuttle bus that will drop you onto Shandwick Place.
By Train:
Get a train to Waverley train station or Haymarket train station and follow the on foot directions below.
On Foot:
From Waverley train station exit via the stairs onto Princes Street and turn left. Walk along this street for about ten minutes until the road becomes Shandwick Place. You’ll see the Caledonian Backpackers on your right.
From Haymarket train station exit onto West Maitland Street and turn right. Walk for five minutes and you will reach Shandwick Place, where you’ll see Caledonian Backpackers on your left.
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Caledonian Backpackers Reviews

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Sheila Dickinson, English (14 August 08)

Very friendly people. Unusual decor. Self service breakfast more than adequate. Beds not very comfortable. No real TV room as twinned with bar.

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