Cassis is beautiful! Go there no matter what!
You are looking for hostels in France? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your France hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking France.
We list every single hostel in France and the world. In total, we have 305 cities in France for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in France. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
France, known for its sophistication, exquisite cuisine, fine wine, an appreciation for art and culture, and haute couture fashion. France has a wide variety of regions to offer sightseers, including bustling cities, medieval villages, mountain ranges, and Mediterranean beaches. And all of these sights have hostels nearby. The choices are endless. You can relax at a resort by the Mediterranean sea in Nice, Marseille, and Cannes. You can stay in a chalet in Grenoble, Chamonix, or Annecy and ski the French Alps. You can give yourself a royal experience and visit the extensive Middle Age residential palaces of the Kings and Queens of old in the Loire Valley, Carcassonne, and Versailles. And of course there is Paris. You can climb to the top of the Eiffel tower and admire the magical view, shop the Champs Elysées, and spy the Mona Lisa among the treasures at the Musée du Louvre. In fact, this diversity and of course the charming allure of its capital, Paris, may be what makes France the most visited country in the world by foreigners. But don’t let the tourists deter you, France is definitely a must for anyone planning on visiting Europe!
No country is more synonymous with wine than France, and for champagne to be called champagne it must be from the Champagne-Ardenne region. Many visit France for the excellent quality wines and classic vineyards. Top wine spots that offer hostel accommodations include Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne.
Mont Saint Michel is the classic island castle that often tops the lists of lesser known but must see attractions around the world. Mont Saint Michel is located in the Normandy region. The nearest town with hostels is Rouen, which is also happens to be a beautiful town in its own right.
Other worthwhile cities to check out include Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, and Avignon.
France is a well connected country and it should be easy to make your way to your hostel. If travelling by train, most hostels are located within a short distance to the "gare" (train station) and the "hotel de ville" (town hall). Paris of course has the most dorm-style hostels, while many other smaller French cities have few hostels and more hotel options. If travelling to smaller French cities on a budget, be sure to book in advance during peak season as there aren’t as many choices.
France has an extensive high speed railway system that is connected to most cities in France and to almost all of its neighbouring countries. It is very easy to travel around France by train, but it can sometimes be expensive. Rail passes can be very useful if you are visit many different cities in France. Also, be sure to check for cheap flights, like Ryanair and EasyJet, as most cities in France are well connected by budget airlines. Budget airlines are usually located just outside of major cities, so be sure to research connecting buses, trains, or airport shuttles before travelling. Paris has an excellent metro system and some other French cities have good tramways. Make sure to do your research on how to get to your hostel beforehand, as many French people in smaller cities do not speak English.
There are so many natural and man-made beautiful things to see and do in France. It’s culture, history, art, food, and wine have made it an iconic place around the world. After all, Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.” Why not see the rest of what France has to offer too?
You can choose a city, or you can start by exploring hostels in one region at a time using our Regions list.
Handwritten by local expert for France hostels Shannon Neuber
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Cassis is beautiful! Go there no matter what!
Reims is a very unique and pretty place. People are nice and patient. It's good to travel the city with the day pass which cost 2.5 euro.
The Centre mentioned is not worth it but Dijon is worth a couple of days. There are lots of OK hotels just out the train station for around 40 euros a night. Visit the Mustard Museum. The Visitor Centre is fairly helpful and just out of the train station -- they rent mountain bikes there.
What a beautiful city! I've been twice and both times it took my breath away. I recommend renting a small motor boat. Its a wonderful and extremely cheap way to get out on the lake. If you want to experience real french culture... get to Annecy!
Marseilles is a beautiful city with a very different character than most of France. Good luck and have fun.
Everything in Chamonix, is truely remote from any skiing. I wouldn't go back, mostly because Chamonix as a ski area is over-rated. It's lots of small ski areas spread out. Lifts are slow, crowded, and you have to take a lift up above the tree line before you can take another lift to begin skiing. Go to Tignes …
Les Arcs is part of Paradiski which is one of the largest and best ski resorts in the world. Ski lifts are open winter and summer. We live in Nancroix, which is part of Les Arcs and right on the edge of the Vanoise national park and we love it. There is lots to do for outdoor people -- ski, snowboard, mountain bike ( …
Strasbourg...Vive la France! I had my first taste of frog's legs (grenouille) here at a Chinese restaurant just outside of the train station. Very tasty. Not to mention, it was pretty darn cool to hear Chinese people speaking French. (I know, I know, I sound like a dumb American tourist). This was my first trip …
Sete has beautiful beaches and it's a great medium-small town that isn't trampled by tourists.
You could stay in Paris forever — if you can afford to — and still not get enough. I ran the whole time day and night and did not see the half of it. And remember, please at least try to speak a little French and you will be surprised how pleasant Parisians will be—don’t try and you will experience the …
Lyon has the best food in France, period. Save money by cooking in Paris, eat out in Lyon. Night life is good Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
You will learn that streets are not marked as obviously in Europe as they are in the states—look up on the corners of the buildings for placards. Train is the likely way you will arrive in Nice if you are a backpacker—just listen up for strikes because the trains and then the trains and the buses went on strike the …
There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in France here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.