A guide on how and where to find lockers and places for luggage storage in Edinburgh as of 2020.
You saved all the sights you want to visit on your phone, looked up all the best restaurants and pubs, and checked out all the hotspots. But nothing kills the excitement of a holiday than carrying your luggage through the whole city.
Maybe you want to visit the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Castle or the National Museum of Scotland. No worries, LuggageHero is here to help. We’ve put together a comprehensive ad up-to-date guide on options for storing your luggage when around Edinburgh.
Just go to our LuggageHero reservation platform to find a handy storage site inside a shop or other business – all verified by us. Using our up to date map, you can locate the shops that are nearest to your location and find luggage storage there.
Bag storage options in Edinburgh.
We’ve listed them below:
1. Luggage storage near Edinburgh Waverley Station
An alternative service at Edinburgh Wembley is Excess Baggage, located on Platform 2.
Don’t forget: if you’re dropping at peak times or weekend, there will maybe a queue so it might be a good idea to use another service which allows you to book in advance such as LuggageHero.
Opening hours of Edinburgh Waverley station luggage storage:
Mon-Sun 7am – 11pm
Up to 3 hours — £6
Up to 24 hours — £12.50
£7.50 per additional 24 hours
Priced at £6 for 3 hours, they can be quite prohibitive, especially if you’re storing more than one bag.
2. Left luggage near Edinburgh Bus Station
Edinburgh bus station does offer luggage lockers at cheaper rates than Waverley Station. Although, at £5 for a small locker, there are cheaper options if you need to store a big piece of luggage, or multiple items.
Sun – Thur 4.30am – 12am,
Fri – Sat 4.30am – 12.30am
- £5 small
- £6.50 medium
- £8 large for each 12 hour period
3.Edinburgh Airport luggage storage
You can store luggage at Edinburgh Airport. Luggage-Point’s Left Luggage service provides secure long or short term storage for your valuables from a convenient location in the East Terminal.
0 – 3 Hours
£8.50 per item
£12.50 per item
£10.00 per item
£50.00 per item
Oversized items will be charged at double the standard rate.
Discount available for storage of 25+ items at a time.
Is safety important to you?
- LuggageHero offers $3000 insurance per items stored!
- Security Seal for your luggage is provided in the shop.
- Certified shops approved by LuggageHero.
What more can LuggageHero offer?
- Online customer service 24/7.
- Great prices and a user-friendly platform.
- No correct currency needed. All major credit cards accepted.
- You will only pay for the time you actually store your luggage. You don’t pay anything if you don’t show up for your booking.
- Book online and receive your directions. No app download needed.
Major Stations and Places in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Waverley – Waverley station opened in 1846 and has been rebuilt between 1892 and 1902. It is located between the old town and modern Edinburgh, adjacent to Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the Princes Street Gardens. The station’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday: 04:00 – 00:45, Sunday: 06:00 – 00:45. Airport buses and city tours leave from Waverley Bridge regularly through the day. Local buses leave from Princes Street and North Bridge. Buses for the rest of Scotland leave from St Andrew’s Square or Waterloo Place. You can leave luggage at Excess Baggage Co on platform 2 near the Calton Road entrance.
Princess Street – As one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in Edinburgh. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh’s New Town, as long as around 1 mile (1.6 km) from Lothian Road in the west, to Leith Street in the east. Edinburgh’s Princes Street is most well known for its amazing attractions and its many interesting and unique shops that go along the entire street. Princes Street starts off at Waterloo Place, at the East End and goes all the way to Shandwick Place, which can be found at the West End.
South Bridge – South Bridge is a road bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, starting at the High Street and finishing at Chambers Street/Infirmary Street. Nearby attractions include National Museum of Scotland (0.1 miles), Edinburgh Old Town (0.1 miles), and The Real Mary King’s Close (0.2 miles).
Edinburgh Bus Station – Edinburgh Bus Station is located on Elder Street in the center of Edinburgh. The opening hours of the station are Monday to Thursday and Sunday 4.30am to 12am, and Friday and Saturday 4.30am to 12.30am. Restrooms are available at the cost of 30p charge, open 4.30am to 12am. There are lockers available at Edinburgh Bus Station for luggage storage. However, the lockers can’t be reserved in advance of your arrival.
Haymarket – Haymarket is an area in Edinburgh, Scotland which contains a number of popular pubs, cafés and restaurants. ScotRail operates a train from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Haymarket Station every 5 minutes. Tickets cost £1 – £2 and the journey takes 4 min.
A tip for how to get yourself FREE luggage storage in Edinburgh:
Travel Hack: Walk into a random hotel and act as you are staying there. Some hotels offer luggage storage for their guests and sometimes even for people who are not staying at the hotel, just ask! And remember to give a great tip in case they want to store it.
Luggage storage at museums and galleries in Edinburgh:
With countless sight to see, Edinburgh has so much to offer. However, it might be more difficult to enjoy it, if you suddenly find yourself unable to enter a place you’ve been dying to visit because of your trolley.
Main tourist attractions in Edinburgh and their locker situation:
- Edinburgh Castle – no storage options available, bags and suitcases permitted inside!
- Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey – Some items, such as large items of baggage, backpacks and pushchairs have to be checked in and reclaimed at the end of the visit (could be considered a form of limited luggage storage)
- National Museum of Scotland – Yes they do have lockers (just in front of the shop area beside the toilets) where for a £1 coin deposit you can leave bags whilst you visit and pick up your £1 on exit.
- Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh – has lockers
- Camera Obscura – Camera Obscura has a storage area where you can leave bulky items like luggage, coats and jackets or shopping bags. However, there is no insurance and they do not accept liability for lost items.
- The National Gallery of Scotland – you can leave your items at the National Gallery of Scotland for Coat: £2, Bag: £2. However, the maximum size of bag accepted in the cloakrooms is 56 x 25 x 45 cm.
Leaving luggage at hotels:
Most hotels do offer to keep your bags for a few hours before your check-in or after checking out. Your best bet is to simply ask. If your hotel is a bit out of the way from your sightseeing itinerary or means of transportation, you’d want to consider a luggage storage service that is more conveniently located.
Why are you searching for luggage storage in Edinburgh?
Maybe you have to check out of your Airbnb apartment, rental place or hotel and your flight isn’t until tonight?
Or… You just arrived in Edinburgh, ready to explore everything the city has to offer, but your rental place isn’t ready for you for 5 more hours? Most travelers have been in similar situations and experienced the struggle of luggage first hand.
Edinburgh offers a range of possibilities when it comes to the luggage storage and we have gathered everything into this guide to help you.
Enjoy Edinburgh with no time limit!
If anything, you should be the boss of your own schedule while on vacation. This is why we have partnered up with locations that are open around the clock so that you can make the most of your visit without having to think of closing times.
Don’t risk having any space for your luggage!
During high season and the weekends, there can be high demand for luggage storage. When you book in advance through LuggageHero or another platform for luggage storage, you make sure to reserve a spot for your luggage. That way you don’t have to worry on the spot. Marking your location before you even depart is easy and convenient.
Four simple steps to leave your luggage with LuggageHero in Edinburgh.
1. Book online or through our app.
2. Start the storage timer in your browser when arriving at the shop or use the link sent to you to access your booking page.
3. Enjoy yourself in Edinburgh!
4. Pick up your luggage and stop the storage timer on your booking page.
€1 per hour + a one-time handling fee of €2 – maximum €8 for the first 24 hours and €5 for each additional day including your free luggage storage insurance.
Download LuggageHero’s free luggage storage app:
For even more comfort and ease, you can download LuggageHero’s bag storage app where you can see all our locations around Edinburgh.
We believe in making your travels as smooth and easy as possible, which is why it is important to us that NO FEES are charged to you until your luggage is dropped off.
Use our online booking service to choose a luggage storage site in Edinburgh that is most convenient to your location and schedule. You can either book on arrival at the shop or book online in advance to secure your spot. Make an advance booking and you’re guaranteed a space for your luggage in one of LuggageHero’s many lockers.
But we know that sometimes plans change, especially when you’re on the road. So if you don’t show up, there’s no charge. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nothing! And no, you don’t even have to cancel!
Frequently asked questions about luggage storage in Edinburgh.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about luggage storage in Edinburgh.
Can you store luggage at Edinburgh Waverley?
You can leave luggage at Excess Baggage Co on platform 2 near the Calton Road entrance. You can pre-book storage for your heavy, awkward or high-value luggage at one of left luggage facilities on the railway station.
Is there luggage storage at Edinburgh bus station?
Yes, there are lockers. However, the lockers can't be reserved in advance of your arrival but you can arrange to hire them for over 12 hours (and up to 10 weeks) by talking to the security staff at the station.
Does Edinburgh Airport have luggage lockers?
Yes, there is luggage storage at Edinburgh Airport. Luggage-Point's Left Luggage service provides secure long or short term storage for your valuables from a convenient location in the East Terminal.
Are there lockers at the Haymarket Train Station?
No, unfortunately there are no storage options at Haymarket Train Station.
Does Edinburgh Zoo have lockers?
Yes, there are lockers at Edinburgh Zoo. They have small number of lockers available for hire each day on a first come first serve basis in the Zoo's Main Entrance. The lockers are 40cm x 80cm x 40cms in size so keep that in mind if you have a big suitcase and look around for some alternatives.
Are backpacks allowed in Edinburgh Castle?
No Suitcases or rucksacks will be allowed to be brought into the Castle Grounds and there will be more random searches.