How much do hostels cost around the world? Hostel Price Index for 2023

The hostel industry has had some serious struggles in the past few years, but as of early 2023, most hostels have reopened and are welcoming backpackers and other budget travelers. Every year we research hostel prices in over 130 of the world’s top destinations to compile our Backpacker Index, which ranks all of the world’s best destinations from cheapest to most expensive for budget travelers. This year we are publishing just the hostel portion of the research and it’s displayed below.

The Backpacker Index has been running since 2011 and it includes a basket of daily averages for food, transportation, attractions, drinks & entertainment, and a hostel dorm bed for the night. It may surprise some people to see that hostel dorm beds range from just over US$3 per night to over US$70 per night, and the dorm bed itself can often account for half the daily expense total. I find it interesting comparing the list below with our Backpacker Index to see which places have weirdly cheap hostels and which have weirdly expensive hostels.

How we created the Hostel Index

The Hostel Index shows the price per night (including taxes and fees) for one person in a shared dorm room, using the average of a Thursday and Friday night in mid April, 2023.

Since hostels open, close, and change names on a regular basis, we only chose hostels with a large number of overall reviews. It appears to be easy to generate up to 100 very positive reviews when you first open up, so it’s hard to trusts brand-new hostels. But once you’ve been open and busy for at least a year, it’s very difficult to manipulate review scores so places with hundreds or thousands of reviews tend to be easier to trust.

Wherever possible we chose the cheapest well-located hostel with a minimum of an 8.0 review score on, which is our booking partner. If the best-reviewed cheap hostel in a city is on the outskirts of town or near the airport, we don’t use it. This way it’s more of an apples-to-apples comparison.

2023 Hostel trends we noticed

In doing this research it was a little bit surprising how few hostels seemed to have gone out of business during the pandemic. Especially for those first two years of 2020 and 2021, it was hard to imagine a business that would be harder hit than a public facility where up to 36 strangers would be sleeping in the same room together. I’m sure many hostels DID go out of business, but it’s good news that so many didn’t.

Unsurprisingly, there appears to have been a huge trend towards smaller dorm rooms and private rooms where one group books the entire room for themselves. Every large city used to have several big hostels where every room seemed to have at least 12 beds, and now it seems that most places only have a few large rooms and far more smaller rooms with 4 or 6 beds, and private rooms with 2 to 4 beds.

Price of Travel's Hostel Index for 2023

The list below shows the nightly rate for the cheapest well-located and well-reviewed hostel in each city for an average of a Thursday and Friday night in April, 2023.

RankCityCountryHostel namePrice per night
1Siem ReapCambodiaSiem Reap Pub Hostel$3.19
2KathmanduNepalWanderThirst Hostels$3.60
3Luang PrabangLaosSunrise Riverside Pool Hostel$3.78
4MarrakechMoroccoKasbah Red Castle Hostel$4.10
5Hoi AnVietnamBed Station Hostel & Pool Bar Hoi An$4.45
6CuscoPeruMagicpacker Hostel$5.31
7PokharaNepalKiwi Backpackers Hostel Pokhara$5.34
8VientianeLaosDream Home Hostel$5.46
9Chiang MaiThailandMonkey Toe Guesthouse$5.89
10Kuta, BaliIndonesiaBali Caps$6.09
11PhuketThailandBaan Baan Hostel$6.25
12Kuala LumpurMalaysiaStep Inn Guest House and Hostel$6.36
13FesMoroccoFunky Fes$6.36
14HanoiVietnamHanoi Central Backpackers Hostel$6.39
15CairoEgyptDahab Hostel$6.47
16BangkokThailandBorn Free Hostel$6.48
17DelhiIndiaJoey’s Hostel New Delhi$6.70
18ColomboSri LankaColombo Beach Hostel$7.01
19QuitoEcuadorThe Secret Garden Quito$7.19
20LimaPeruFlying Dog Hostels B&B$7.70
21GoaIndiaDreams Hostel$7.87
22Saigon/HCMCVietnamCity Backpackers Hostel$8.52
23KievUkraineDream Hostel Kiev$8.58
24JakartaIndonesiaThe Packer Lodge$8.97
25DakarSenegalDakar International House$8.98
26GranadaNicaraguaDe Boca en Boca$8.99
27ArushaTanzaniaThe Greenhouse$9.00
28Zanzibar CityTanzaniaLost & Found$9.00
29MumbaiIndiaLocomo Stay Work Eat$9.43
30SofiaBulgariaHostel Mostel$9.43
31Mexico CityMexicoCasa MX Alameda$9.76
32AmmanJordanFarah Hotel$9.86
33Phnom PenhCambodiaMad Monkey Phnom Penh$10.00
34La PazBoliviaWild Rover Hostel La Paz$10.43
35Hong KongChinaBudget Hostel Hong Kong$10.70
36AntiguaGuatemalaTropicana Hostel$10.82
37ShanghaiChinaMeego Youth Hotel$11.06
38MacauChinaHou Kong Hotel (private double)$11.40
39Boracay IslandPhilippinesFrendz Resort & Hostel Boracay$11.44
40Rio de JaneiroBrazilMambembe Hostel$11.47
41IstanbulTurkeyChillout Lya Hostel Bar$11.89
42BudapestHungaryThe Hive Party Hostel Budapest$11.93
43Buenos AiresArgentinaRayuela Hostel Boutique$12.06
44SarajevoBosnia HerzBalkan Han Hostel$12.73
45AthensGreecePagration Youth Hostel$12.77
46XianChinaHan Tang Inn Hostel$12.80
47Panama CityPanamaHostal Casa Areka$13.00
48San JoseCosta RicaIn The Wind Hostel & Guesthouse$13.24
49Manila PhilippinesOla! Hostel Manila$13.41
PLUS Prague$13.77
51YangonBurmaHOOD Hostel$13.80
52Cape TownSouth AfricaZebra Crossing$13.82
53TallinnEstoniaLai 22 Hostel$13.83
54BucharestRomaniaSleep In Hostel$14.05
55Santa AnaEl SalvadorHostel Casa Verde Santa Ana$14.16
56KrakowPolandLet’s Rock Party Hostel$14.24
57Roatan IslandHondurasRoatan Backpacker’s Hostel$14.29
58SplitCroatiaOld Town Hostel Split$14.31
59San PedroBelizeSandbar Beachfront Hostel$14.35
60BeirutLebanonThe Colony Hostel Beirut$14.98
61CartagenaColombiaViajero Cartagena Hostel$15.14
62SantiagoChileHostel Providencia$15.35
63VallettaMaltaGranny’s Inn Hostel$15.66
64VilniusLithuaniaJimmy Jumps House/Hostel$15.77
66SantoriniGreeceYouth Hostel Anna$17.02
68MontevideoUruguayViajero Montevideo Hostel$17.16
69LisbonPortugalLisbon Destination Hostel$17.76
70ZagrebCroatiaHostel Bureau$18.79
71BerlinGermanyHeart of Gold Hostel $19.11
72SeoulSouth KoreaTime Travelers Party Hostel in Hongdae$19.70
73WarsawPolandChillout Hostel$20.16
74CairnsAustraliaGilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns$20.34
75CaracasVenezuelaHotel El Arroyo$20.42
76RigaLatviaTree House Hostel$20.79
77DubaiUAECalifornia Hostel Dubai Beach$20.98
78NaplesItalyHostel of the Sun$21.28
79TenerifeSpainHostel Tenerife$21.28
80TaipeiTaiwanMeander Taipei Hostel - Ximending$21.41
81BratislavaSlovakiaPatio Hostel$21.50
82SydneyAustraliaBig Hostel$22.21
83BarcelonaSpainRoom018 Bcn$22.23
84BeijingChinaPeking International Youth Hostel$22.42
85FlorenceItalyPLUS Florence$22.98
86HelsinkiFinlandCheapSleep Helsinki$22.98
87TokyoJapanSakura Hostel Asakusa$23.07
88LjubljanaSloveniaTresor Hostel$23.40
89ViennaAustriaDo Step Inn$23.40
90MunichGermanyThe 4You Hostel Munich$23.46
91MadridSpainMola Hostel$23.57
92MontrealCanadaThe Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal$23.63
93EdinburghScotlandRoyal Mile Backpackers$23.71
94Abu DhabiUAEJennifred Homestays$23.81
95Las VegasUSABungalows Hostel$24.00
96NiceFranceAntares Hostel$24.47
97DubrovnikCroatiaAnchi Guesthouse$24.57
98CopenhagenDenmarkSleep in Heaven$24.82
99San FranciscoUSAHI San Francisco - Fisherman’s Wharf$24.99
100RomeItalyPalladini Hostel Rome$25.32
101BrisbaneAustraliaBunk Brisbane$25.88
102SalzburgAustriaMEININGER Salzburg City Center$26.53
103QueenstownNew ZealandThe Flaming Kiwi Backpackers$26.75
104Tel AvivIsraelRoger’s House Tel Aviv$27.14
105MilanItalyCity Center Best Hostel Milano$28.72
106StockholmSwedenGenerator Stockholm$28.86
107AucklandNew ZealandThe Attic Backpackers$29.30
108InterlakenSwitzerlandHappy Inn Lodge$30.41
109MelbourneAustraliaMelbourne Central YHA$30.45
110TorontoCanadaAll Days Hostel$31.34
111ChicagoUSAWrigley Hostel$33.50
112Los AngelesUSASamesun Hollywood$33.50
113BrusselsBelgiumBrussels 2go4 Quality Hostel City Center$33.51
114IbizaSpainAmistat Island Hostel Ibiza$33.51
115NairobiKenyaWildebeest Eco Camp$33.67
116BrugesBelgiumSt. Christopher’s Inn - Bauhaus Hostel$34.44
117ReykjavikIcelandDalur - HI Hostel$35.10
119SingaporeSingaporeThe Bohemian$35.57
120New OrleansUSAIndia House Backpackers Hostel$36.00
121Luxembourg CityLuxembourgLuxembourg City Hostel$37.23
122ParisFranceThe 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower by Hiphohostels$39.36
123HonoluluUSAPolynesian Hostel Beach Club Waikiki$39.67
124BergenNorwayHI Bergen Hostel Montana$41.28
125HamburgGermanyGenerator Hamburg$42.13
126VancouverCanadaSamesun Vancouver$42.32
127Miami BeachUSAThe Tropics Hotel and Hostel$42.48
128DublinIrelandAbbey Court$42.89
129VeniceItalyGenorator Venice$44.81
130AmsterdamNetherlandsMeininger Amsterdam Amstel$46.54
131OsloNorwayAnker Apartment - Sentrum$47.28
132New York CityUSAChelsea International Hostel$51.75
133Washington DCUSADuo Housing DC$52.45
134ZurichSwitzerlandZurich Youth Hostel$56.69
135BostonUSABackpackers Hostel & Pub$75.00

Regional Backpacker Indexes with much more information for each destination

Below are links to the individual Backpacker Indexes that are organized by region. Each link below contains much more information about each destination and the prices you can expect to find there in 2023.

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