12 Best Affordable Airbnbs Under 45 USD In Edinburgh, Scotland - Updated 2023


It is hardly surprising that Scotland’s capital city is the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. With historical castles set among landscapes that will take your breath away and colourful festivals drawing talents from more than a third of the world’s countries, Edinburgh has no shortage of things to do when it comes to local attractions and experiences. However, a trip to Edinburgh can break the bank when you add up the cost of travel, accommodation, activities and food. We have compiled a list of budget-friendly accommodations that will leave you with space in your kitty to sample the best of Edinburgh. Here is our pick of the top affordable Airbnb vacation rentals in Edinburgh, Scotland under 45 USD.

1. Lovely room in a family home with pets (from USD 76)

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Edinburgh without breaking the bank, you should check this out. This accommodation for up to two is a lovely room in a family home. Aside from the cozy room, guests will also have access to shared areas like the living room, bathroom, and kitchen—all fully equipped to ensure comfort and convenience.

The host is very hospitable and lives with her daughter. Pet lovers will surely love to know that they also have a super friendly Retriever named Bear and a cat named Lucky. Furthermore, its central location allows guests to fully enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer.

Rental unit in Edinburgh · ★4.94 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 shared bath
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
390 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
room was probably our favorite air bnb room ever super cute
room was spacious and nicely decorated and she even provided coffee tea and biscuits a great place
the room was great
it is a busy street but the room was very quiet so you can sleep without being bothered
her place was clean and comfortable
everything was kept extremely clean and the bed was very comfortable
she is a friendly and helpful person and property is clean with towels provided
the room was very spacious and we enjoyed the tea and cookies fiona provided
the host was very welcoming
lovely flat lovely host lovely stay
fiona was the great host
fiona is an great host
fiona was a lovely host she was extremely welcoming and kind
the location is close to the bus stop so it’s super convenient
location is brilliant to city center
the location was great and is a walkable distance from lots of great places
very cute quiet room lovely hostess near city centre
the flat is walking distance from all major attractions and some great food options
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2. Quiet apartment in the city centre (from USD 104)

This comfy, private room in a three-bedroom apartment is in a fantastic location close to the Royal Mile. Located at a five-minute walking distance from the train and bus stations, this beautiful and airy apartment offers a private room with a super comfy bed, a shared bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room, Wifi, cable TV and a printer. If you are a traveller from outside the UK, you can also choose to get a ready-to-use SIM card from the gracious host here and get away from all the expensive roaming charges during your stay.

Rental unit in Edinburgh · ★4.64 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1.5 shared baths
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
996 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room looked slightly bigger and better in photos though
nice firm (true us king) bed sleeps well
only negatives were; trickle of a shower and the floors/bathroom needing a good clean
good place comfy bed breakfast included
sofia is great at making you feel at home with all the amenities and kitchen privileges
room was clean main bath was clean but 1/2 bath was not
the room is clean we like it
bathroom and kitchen very clean
lisa's room was clean and comfortable in a very well-appointed apartment
everything was very clean and you can borrow anything that you don’t have or forgot
host was welcoming and friendly
marcus is a great host
marcus was great host making us feel welcome and at home
the host was warm friendly and accommodating
sofia is a good host
the location is really well located next to waverly station
excellent location and a short walk from airport bus
excellent location quick walk to waverly station
near scotrail station n major tourist attractions
easy walk from train station
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3. Apartment with gorgeous views of Arthur's seat (from USD 106)

Located with close access to the Old Town, this traditional Scottish apartment provides stunning views of Arthur’s seat from its rooms. The spacious apartment can accommodate a maximum of four guests and features a comfortable double bedroom, a bathroom, a cable TV, a laptop friendly workspace, Wifi and access to a washing machine, a cooker, a microwave and a fridge. This flat is ideal for a single person, a couple and a small family and offers a travel crib to keep the little ones comfortable as well.

Rental unit in Edinburgh · ★4.84 · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
397 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment looks like the photos and feels very cosy
the view really is that good from the apartment
the apartment itself is small but well decorated very functional and stocked with amenities
the space was clean and comfortable with all the necessary amenities for our stay
anne’s place is just great we especially loved the view from the living room
everything was very clean and convenient
sparkling clean and super comfortable
it was warm clean and spacious
the apartment is clean and neat
anne's flat is clean tidy and well equipped
she was a very helpful host and quick with responses
anne is wonderful host - very responsive to our questions
thank you for being a great host for our trip to edinburgh
anne very helpful with quick responses
anne is a wonderful host who communicates clearly and efficiently
good location within walking distance of everything
great location to explore edinburgh
its a great location
great flat in a great location in edinburgh
location was good for us
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4. Homey vibes with stylish decor (from USD 204)

This cosy apartment with Scandinavian decors is located in the central village of Stockbridge famed for its vintage shops, craft stores and charity shops that give a bohemian feel to the area. Ideal for couples, the newly renovated apartment offers a bedroom with a French-inspired double bed, a bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen and a garden area. The ground floor apartment is only a few minutes walk away from the city centre, pubs, restaurants and cafes. Do not miss out on the Sunday market at the end of the street to sip a cuppa, try some fresh produce and buy a souvenir when you are here.

Rental unit in Edinburgh · ★4.63 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
324 reviews  Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
situated in great neighbourhood filled with lovely breakfast and coffee spots
we had a lovely few days in edinburgh and staying at roberts place made it extra comfortable
my husband and i loved the extra touches such as the bottles of water biscuits and soaps/shower gels
no bath just a shower in a cupboard so make sure you know who you’re staying with well
the bathroom situation is as described but on the whole the flat is great value for money
very clean and well described
it gave off a very clean feeling
the place is very clean stylish and private
very clean and homely the decor is simple but stylish which is superb
amazingly clean and tidy apartment had great communication with robert and really enjoyed my stay highly recommended
robert was a great host
robert was a great host
robert was a great host and replied promptly to all questions i asked via airbnb
very hospitable host easy to contact and good communicator
great stay lovely place and hosts
very cute little flat close to the city centre
lovely apparent located within walking distance of edinburgh's town centre
great little apartment close to the city centre
this is a lovely appartment close to the city center of edinburgh
beautiful apt and close to the city center
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5. Cozy single room with en suite bathroom

This room is just perfect for solo travelers on a budget. It comes with a comfortable queen bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower stall, toilet, and sink. The room also comes with a mini-fridge and kettle for your convenience. Guests also have access to free Wifi. The Victorian home is nestled in a quiet neighborhood but is also conveniently located close to the city center where guests can easily access public transportation, restaurants, cafes, shops, and attractions.

Welcoming single room with private bathroom
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
164 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in townhouse 1 Bed 1 Guest 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 1

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i liked that it's an en-suite (the bathrooms very nice) and it has a fridge and kettle
great room with super comfy bed it was so nice to have my own bathroom as well
room was really clean and spacious
warm welcome and clean accommodation
clean nice and quite place
great stay clean room and bathroom
the bathroom is very clean and new
the hosts were gracious and accommodating
the hosts were so lovely and welcoming
magda answered any questions really quick and was very helpful
host is very kind to provide me with the us/uk outlet adaptor
the hosts are extremely friendly very helpful and definitely accommodating
perfect location near all bus routes
great space and great location just a few blocks from the main shopping and restaurant areas
easy walking distance from both leith and the city centre
perfect for one person walking distance to everything
a perfect location for city centre and sightseeing
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6. Newly renovated apartment

Stay on the same street as the Queen stays. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, this lovely apartment is on the road that connects Edinburgh Castle to the Holyrood Palace, which is where Her Royal Highness stays when she visits Scotland. With solid oak flooring and brand new furnishings, this newly refurbished apartment offers a bedroom with two beds, a shared bathroom, Wifi, and central heating options including top-notch touches and is well worth the price paid.

Amazing location/ Royal Mile/ Old Town/Triple Room
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
478 reviews
Private room in apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
big room and great amenities at the apartment
having a simple breakfast included was a bonus
the building is old and historic but the amenities are very modern and comfortable
our room was large airy and has a beautiful period style chandelier
good room with all we needed for a short stay only (street is noisy)
really clean and tidy
the flat was clean and the communication very good
the room is very clean good beds nice and clean kitchen area
the apartment was nice clean and bright
yuchi’s place is very clean & comfortable
she was a great host and very responsive
great hosts and great flat
yuchi is a great host
fantastic place with great host
great host who puts in effort providing all the informations and giving her guests an awesome experience :)
excellent location in the old town and near to waverley station
great apartment close to everything
great location and spacious room
perfect location everything was a close walk and felt safe
great location and very neat
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7. Close to the rugby stadium

This great flat in central Edinburgh is modern and spacious and is ideal for couples and small families. The clean, comfortable apartment with stylish interiors can accommodate a maximum of four guests and offers a bedroom with two beds, a living room, a bathroom, a kitchen, free private parking, Wifi, a laptop friendly workspace and a travel crib. The ground floor flat is 0.8 miles (1.2 km) from the train station, 1.3 miles (2.1 km) from the rugby stadium, and 1.7 miles (2.7 km) from the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.

Bright lovely flat central Edinburgh Free Parking
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
183 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

8. Modern and stylish flat with brand new amenities

Located in the vibrant Leith Shore district with fantastic cafes and restaurants around, this two-bedroom apartment is ideal for families, couples and solo travellers. The newly decorated, bright flat includes two bedrooms with spanking new comfy beds and furniture, a kitchen, a living room, an ensuite bathroom, a box room with a combination boiler and washing machine and a garden area. The super hospitable hosts here are accommodating and can help you with recommendations and tips to explore the best of the city’s attractions.

Central 2 bedroom Cosy Sunny Flat Free Parking
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
668 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fast wifi coffee milk etc were appreciated highly recommend this stay
great amenities for a very comfortable stay
the extra touches like coffee and cereal made it a very comfortable stay
the bed was comfortable and the kitchen well equipped with a stock of several items
having an ensuite bathroom in the main bedroom was great for two couples staying together
clean modern everything you need
great communication clean apartment with nice little extras like milk and toiletries
lovely comfortable and clean place
a very clean tidy place to stay
flat was lovely really clean and well equipped
steven and zoe fantastic hosts
steven and zoe are wonderful hosts
steven was a great host
steven was very friendly and made sure that our short stay went smoothly
wonderful home away from home with fantastic hosts
really nice apartment close to
excellent location - close to bus for city centre restaurants and supermarket in walking distance
it's a great location for visiting edinburgh
fantastic apartment in a great location
steven’s place was located in a great location from the underground (train) and city center
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9. Furnished flat with peaceful surroundings

This beautifully furnished, quiet flat located at a stone’s throw away from the Shore provides a lot of bang for your buck. This gem of a place located 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the city centre is refurbished and offers two bedrooms with comfortable king size beds, a bathroom with bath and electric shower, free Wifi, flat-screen TV, digital radio, electric heating, ironing board and free parking space. The top-floor apartment tucked in a courtyard is surrounded with a serene ambience and is ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing and calm stay in the centre of the city.

Central Edinburgh Cosy 2 bedroom Flat Free Parking
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City, United Kingdom
642 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were comfy and it was lovely and quiet
the apt is well decoration and look much better than the picture
it might be difficult to discern from the photos but this location felt very safe and comfortable
beds were very comfortable
the stylish apartment is cosy and warm which made our visit very special
spotlessly clean and plenty of clean towels
it was very clean
furthermore clean and well maintained
spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated throughout
the apartment was very clean spacious and quiet
great hosts and very helpful with recommendations
awsome hosts easy going
great place with wonderful host
zoe was a lovely host who made us feel welcome
hey zoe is a great host
amazing location cute wee flat
10 min uber to central tourist attractions
perfect location for exploring edinburgh and leith
nice flat close to everything in edinburgh
great location if you’re a foody
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10. Bright and spotless flat

Conveniently located at a short walking distance away from the bus station, the park and the supermarket, this clean and private flat offers great value. The modern apartment features a comfortable double bedroom, an ensuite bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen that can be used only in the mornings, a TV with access to Freeview, Wifi and free parking space. The friendly hosts here will also help you with useful tips and advice on things to do in the city if needed.

Double room with private en-suite
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
296 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great room with ensuite in nice new apartment
we also enjoyed the the breakfast they prepared in the mornings
we really enjoyed john's and novas apartment and the breakfast thanks for all
very comfortable room convenient with private en-suite
we got really good breakfasts and the private room with bathroom where we stayed was top-notch
very clean bedroom with onsuite
very nice and clean apartment
very clean and tidy room with personal touch
very nice and clean acomodation
everything was completely clean looking nice
great host who answered questions quickly
friendly and ready to help us
lovely apartment and nice hosts highly recommend
lovely stay and sweet hosts
john & nova are great hosts
great location for the price
away from the main part of town but an easy bus ride or walk
amazing value for quality and close to central edinburgh
quick easy trip on the bus into the city centre
the room was a great value for money the location was prime and very near to city centre
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11. Simple and clean apartment

The immaculate apartment is minimalistic and simple and offers all the amenities needed for a soothing and serene stay. Ideal for solo travellers and couples, this relaxing flat offers a bedroom, a bathroom, a small well-equipped kitchen, a lounge, a laptop friendly workspace and Wifi. The apartment is located in the quiet neighbourhood of Dean village and is great for taking short walks by the riverside.

Historic Edinburgh, Dean Village
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
569 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
love this apartment from gavin both interior and the surrounded environment which is poetic
the double bed sized room was compact the bed was cosy and the heated blanket was welcomed
very clean with bare essentials
the room is very clean and cozy
beautiful space very clean and tidy
it was also very clean and quiet
clean little place to stay in the heart of dean village
host communicated very well
nice host and check in
gavin is a wonderful host
gavin is a great host
gavin is the greatest host
historically rich location
cute apartment in a stunning location
amazing location if you like quiet
great location in edinburgh about a 25 minute walk to the castle
place is ideally situated and within walking distance of city centre and train station
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12. A loft ideal for solo travellers

Located in the fantastically historic neighbourhood of Leith, this lovely loft has wonderful amenities such as a shopping centre, gym, cinemas, pubs and restaurants at a walking distance. With cosy, chill vibes and artistic touches, the charming home offers a super comfortable bed, access to a bathroom, a separate shower room, Wifi speaker and a large selection of reading material in your room. Thursday nights are pizza nights in the house and you are welcome to join the super friendly hosts for pizzas at no extra charges.

A Leith Loft.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
216 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
had a lovely breakfast with coffee and toast to start of each day and also a pizza night
the space may be small but it's lovely and cosy and very comfortable and full of artistic touches
the loft room was lovely and relaxing
also the most comfortable bed i've ever slept in
they were very accommodating when i ran into a problem and the gluten free breakfast was greatly appreciated
everything was clean and tidy
clean towels also provided
the space is clean comfortable and stylish
the room was clean ready and comfortable
it was also really comfortable and naturally clean
the hosts are nice
james is a friendly kind host
great hosts who were very helpful
james was a very friendly welcoming host
james was an excellent host
conveniently located to great restaurants and right next to a bus stop
easy bus connections into town
great location very comfortable bed
james's place is a nice 30 minute river walk or a short bus ride to the centre of edinburgh
a truly wonderful place in leith easy bus access to edinburgh
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Experience Edinburgh on a shoestring

Whether you plan to attend one of the many colourful summer festivals or go on day trips to the stunning lochs around, finding great places to stay close to all the action in Edinburgh is not difficult. However, the costs can creep up during your stay in the capital city, especially during peak seasons. Take a pick from the above list of affordable Airbnb vacation rentals in Edinburgh that suit your needs and experience the best of this enthralling city without busting your budget.

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