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Five minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Station and less than 10 minutes from Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile Backpackers enjoys a central location surrounded by bars, cafés and restaurants. The small and cozy hostel features free WiFi and knowledgeable staff to tell you about the Scottish capital and assist with tour bookings.

Mixed and female dormitories have bunk beds and lockers, and guests can make use of laundry services, hairdryers and adapters. Luggage storage is available at the property. Bicycle storage is available at the High Street Hostel just across the road.

There is both a female-only and mixed bathroom with hot showers and toilets. The property's comfy lounge with fireplace is the perfect place to socialize.

You can buy a continental breakfast at Royal Mile Backpackers, and enjoy free tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The kitchen and dining area is open 24 hours a day, and you can make use of discount vouchers for local food retailers.

Close to the university, this hostel is a little over 10 minutes’ walk from the huge Holyrood Park, home of Arthur’s Seat. Grassmarket and Princes Street are both 6-8 minutes away.

This is our guests' favorite part of Edinburgh, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.

Royal Mile Backpackers has been welcoming guests since Mar 31, 2014

Property Highlights

Located in the real heart of Edinburgh, this property has an excellent location score of 9.7!


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Located in the historic old town

Stay in the oldest part of Scotland's capital, where gas lamps light up elegant buildings and cobblestone streets. Nearby, the impressive Edinburgh Castle looks over the city.

What's nearby
  • Geoffrey Kiltmakers and Weavers
    0 miles
  • Museum of Childhood
    0 miles
  • City Art Center
    0.1 miles
  • The City of Edinburgh Council
    0.1 miles
  • The Real Mary King's Close
    0.2 miles
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    0.2 miles
  • St. Giles Cathedral
    0.2 miles
  • Edinburgh Law School
    0.2 miles
  • Waterloo Place
    0.2 miles
Top attractions
  • National Museum of Scotland
    0.3 miles
  • Royal Mile
    0.3 miles
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    0.4 miles
  • Edinburgh Playhouse
    0.4 miles
  • University of Edinburgh
    0.5 miles
  • Edinburgh Castle
    0.6 miles
  • Arthur's Seat
    1 miles
  • Murrayfield Stadium
    2.1 miles
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
    2.2 miles
  • Edinburgh Zoo
    3.3 miles
Natural Beauty
  • Mountain Arthur's Seat
    0.5 miles
Public transit
  • Train Edinburgh Waverley Train Station
    0.2 miles
Closest Airports
  • Edinburgh Airport
    6.9 miles
  • Dundee Airport
    35.3 miles
  • Glasgow Airport
    48.5 miles
How to get to Royal Mile Backpackers from Edinburgh Airport
    Public shuttle
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Amenities of Royal Mile Backpackers
  • Shared kitchen
  • Walking tours
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Tour desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Adults only
  • Convenience store on site
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English
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Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules Royal Mile Backpackers takes special requests – add in the next step!


3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


1:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.


When booking more than 4 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Maestro Mastercard Visa American Express Royal Mile Backpackers accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

If you plan to arrive outside reception hours, please inform the property in advance.

On arrival, a deposit of GBP 10 is required for the keys.

Please note that this property cannot accommodate stag or hen parties.

Please note that this property cannot accept groups of more than 4 people.

Luggage storage is available on the arrival day and departure day.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service hours.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

It's not possible to stay at this property for coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Royal Mile Backpackers of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.