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You are looking for hostels in French Alps? 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 French Alps 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 French Alps.

All Cities in French Alps

We list every single hostel in French Alps and the world. In total, we have 32 cities in French Alps 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.

All French Alps hostels on a map

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 French Alps. 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.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking French Alps

French Alps, France, are located in the regions of Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. These mountain ranges are part of the Western Alps, whereas the famous Mont Blanc massif is not entirely French. It is partly located in France and partly in Italy, but some foothills belong to Switzerland, and the real border demarcation is controversial.

The French Alps are a popular tourist destination all year round. In summer, sport enthusiasts visit the area for cycling, climbing, and hiking. In the cold season, winter-sport lovers come for skiing, snowboarding, and sledging in the numerous resorts spread in the French Alps. Apart from sports, many visitors are attracted by the scenic landscapes, the authentic nature, and the majestic sight of the Mont Blanc Mountain, the highest summit in the European Union, at just under five thousand metres. Besides the stunning nature, many monuments and cultural points of interests wait for tourists to explore.

This vast area offers plenty of options to sleep from budget French Alps, France hostels to top-notch hotels. Amongst others, typical tourist hotspots for winter sports are Chamonix, Les Deux Alpes, and Les Arcs. Plenty of French Alps, France hostels, apartments, and guesthouses wait for the tourist crowd. However, even budget accommodations can become quite pricey, and for that reason, it is very recommendable to know in advance where and when you want to visit the area. Many popular places and hostels in French Alps, France, will be booked out if you are too spontaneous.

As a winter sport mecca, many smaller villages are major tourist destinations in winter. Ski resorts such as Chamonix, Tignes, and Meribel are really famous and attract all sorts of winter sport enthusiasts. No matter if you are beginner, if you come with your family, or if you want to go free skiing with your mates, the French Alps has it all. If you want to have some decent nights out and parties, then certain winter sport villages in the French Alps are the right location for you. Among the top Après Ski Resorts are Val d'Isere, Meribel, Chamonix, and Lex Deux Alpes. Do not forget that some picturesque towns such as Grenobly and Annecy are located in the French Alps as well.

Apart from the unique alpine atmosphere, travelers enjoy seeing the historic picturesque centre of Annecy and the marvelous castle nearby. The Fort de la Bastile is a wonderful fortress overlooking the centre of Grenoble. It was built in the early nineteenth century and it is the main sight in the Grenoble area. Lyon is not directly in the French Alps, but very close by. Therefore, it is a worthwhile to visit, since this big French city has a lot to offer for tourists, such as the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the picturesque Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Travel Tips for French Alps - from the Community

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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 ( …

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.

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!

FAQ on Hostels in French Alps

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

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.

How much are hostels in French Alps?

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 French Alps 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.

When to book hostels?

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.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in French Alps safe?

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.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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