General Questions

A hostel offers low priced accommodation that provides a bed, pillow, blanket, and bathing facilities, usually in dormitory style. Most hostels require that you have your own sheets and towels. If you do not bring your own, it may be possible for you to rent those items from the hostel. But at our hostels all bed sheets are provided.
Student groups, families, couples, independent travellers, college students, senior’s citizens, etc. may stay at hostels. Most hostels require that guests be at least 18 years old or they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/chaperone.
Mainly `backpackers´ who’re travelling by rail or bus. Older travellers, School Groups, University Groups, Business and Social use also.
We accept all ages at the hostel but any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 and in a dorm for private use.
There are a number of different sized dorm rooms to choose from, these range from private 2 beds to 8 bed dorms. You can also book a room for your private use – so if you were a group of 5 then you could ask for a 6 bed dorm for your private use.
All our dorms are mixed sex but if you request to be allocated into an all-female dorm this sometimes can be arranged.

About the Hostel

Our address is: St Andrews Tourist Hostel, Inchape House, St. Mary's Place St Andrews, Scotland (UK), KY16 9UY
Our telephone number is: 0044 (0) 808 168 9610
We are located at: Inchape House, St. Mary's Place, St. Andrews, Scotland (UK), KY16-9UY
Our telephone number is: 0044 (0) 808 168 9610
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The Scottish town of St Andrews lies in the on the North coast of Fife and is easily accessed from the main airports, railways and motorways.

By car from Edinburgh:
Take the A90 out of Edinburgh and head towards the Forth Road Bridge. Once over the Bridge continue up the M90 to Junction 8 which is signposted for St Andrews. Follow the A91 to Cupar and St Andrews.
By car from Glasgow:
If you are coming from Glasgow, follow the M8 and then follow the signs for the Forth Road Bridge.
By car from Aberdeen:
Leave Aberdeen on A90 south to Dundee. At Dundee follow the signs for A92 Tay Bridge. Cross the bridge and continue on A92 until sign posted A914 / A919 to St Andrews. Continue on through Leuchars and Guardbridge following the signs for St Andrews.

By bus:
Bus services operate from all areas of Scotland with links to St Andrews.
Details from Stagecoach .
CityLink .
National Express .

By train:
The closest railway station is Leuchars on the east coast main line with connections throughout Britain and a night sleeper service to London. The station is 4 miles from St Andrews from which there is an excellent taxi service and frequent local bus services.
Details from Scotrail .

By ferry:
A daily ferry service operates between Zeebrugge and Rosyth wich is the closest ferry terminal with links to continental Europe. Rosyth is about 40 miles from St Andrews and is close to the M90 motorway. It is easiest to travel on to St Andrews by car o by taxi.
Details from Superfast Ferries .

By air:
The closest large commercial airport is Edinburgh (about one hours's drive away), though some service arrive at Dundee (10 miles) and some private planes use Leuchars (RAF - 4 miles). Glasgow airport has direct flights to United States and Canada and is about one and a half hours drive away. Further south is Prestwick Airport.
Yes we have many bookings at the St Andrews for both Stag and Hen parties as we can offer whole apartments for their sole use. We are the only hostel in St Andrews that can provide this service.
The St Andrews Tourist Hostel has a 3-Day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated.

You may cancel your booking up to 72 hours before arrival - DOES NOT APPLY TO GROUPS -. Please do so directly with the reception office. If you wish to cancel by email then please do so at least 7 days prior to your arrival.

Group Bookings Please note: If you are cancelling or changing a booking this MUST be done 28 days prior to arrival. Full payment of your booking must also be made 28 days before your arrival date.

Deposits are never refunded.

In the event of a no-show without cancellation, we have the right to charge your credit card for the first night's stay where you have booked accommodation with us or for the full price of the tour or other non-accommodation travel service in accordance with your booking conditions.
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Arrive, Check-in and Check-out

We do not have any parking in the hostel itself but there are a large number of available pay and display close by. These will be pointed out to you by our staff when you arrive.
Check-in time is from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 22:00.
Check-out time is between 08:00 and 10:00.
Reception is open from 08:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 22:00
Yes we have an area for left luggage in reception.
Yes, valid identification is a requirement on check in. We accept a Passport, Photo ID and / or Driver’s License. Management may request additional information as required from guests.
We accept cash and credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) and debit card. When making a reservation a 20% Deposit is taken at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation. There is a Credit/Debit Card Surcharge of £1.00 per transaction. Deposits are never refunded.
Check out is at 10:00hrs although if you wish a later time then this may be arranged with reception staff.
Yes, there is a £20 room key deposit. This is refunded when you check out and return your key.
Yes, there is a Credit/Debit Card Surcharge of £1.00 per transaction.
No, deposits are never refunded.


At present we do not have any security lockers but this will change by the end of 2016 when all rooms will have security lockers for all guests.
We have no lockers at the moment but this will be completed by the end of 2016 and all rooms will be equipped with lockers. Our staff can lock away any personal items if asked by the guests.
Yes we provide towels for a £1.00 hire charge.
Yes, the guests of the St Andrews Tourist Hostel can use one of our internet access located in reception, otherwise the can enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the rest of the Hostel for free.
Wi-Fi in St Andrews Tourist Hostel is free of charge to all our guests.
We can supply a continental style breakfast at request of guest for an added charge. But you also have the use of the fully equipped kitchen.
The Hostel has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen for your use during your stay.
The water from Kitchen tap is drinkable and bottled water is also available from our Vending Machines.
There is an on-site laundry facility service with washing machine.
Yes, we offer Breakfast and Lunch bags for an extra charge, ideal for groups Schools etc. Just ask to reception at your arrive.
Yes you will have a good secure night’s sleep in the St Andrews Tourist Hostel.
We don't have a restaurant owned by the Hostel, but we have a great working relationship with the Grill House Restaurant a very popular restaurant directly below the St Andrews Tourist Hostel.

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