Oh, no…why are you traveling to Edinburgh by car. You are going to make your life very hard you know.
If you arrive by car, then the news is all bad. Really, you should consider public transport, it’s better for the world, and a city like Edinburgh prefers it. Cars cannot get near our entrance, I’m sorry to say, 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 ParknRide stations, and catch the bus back into the center of town, where we are. The cost is a bus ticket (£1.20) You can read about them here.
Otherwise, you will have to pay for parking usually. The streets have free parking after 7pm at night normally, until 7am, but you must never test the parking inspectors. They are a private company that will book you if you are one minute late. If you want to park in a secure undercover car park, it will cost about £20 overnight. Street parking usually costs from £1-£2 per hour.
More information about parking from The City Of Edinburgh Council here.
Park overnight at the airport and catch a bus back
Another more secure option is to use the long term parking at the airport, which costs about £8 a day, plus a bus ticket back to the city from the airport(£6 return). You probably wont need the car while you are in Edinburgh. The best prices for this option are found by booking ahead here,
where there are more details and maps.
Sorry we couldn’t offer better options, it’s one of the only disadvantages of being a hostel located in the city center.