Hostels in French Riviera Hostels in French Riviera

You are looking for hostels in French Riviera? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your French Riviera hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking French Riviera.

All Cities in French Riviera

We list every single hostel in French Riviera and the world. In total, we have 6 cities in French Riviera 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 Riviera 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 Riviera. 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 Riviera

The French Riviera is a beautiful region along the coast of southern France. The blue Mediterranean coastline runs along several cities with numerous hostels up to the Italian border. All of this is easily accessible by train, as well as bus and other long-distance transportation. French is the official language, but English and even Italian are also widely spoken.

Several options exist for getting to the French Riviera. There are several ship ports, short and long-distance bus service, and at least one train station in nearly every city, usually with easy access to the hostel either by walking or by taxi.

There are several hostels in the French Riviera, especially in the cities of Nice and Cannes. These cities are just a train ride and day trip away from the rest of the French Riviera, so if you cannot find accommodation in another city you'd like to visit, it may be wise to book a hostel in a larger city and visit as a day trip. Several hostels are near train stations for easy accessibility.

The largest city with the most hostels in the French Riviera is Nice. This city possesses the Promenade des Anglais, a beautiful walkway along the shore. Nearby is the historic Old Town. East of that is a hill perfect for hiking, sightseeing, and other tourist activities, and beyond that is a port.

Other French Riviera cities include Cannes, Antibes, Menton, and a few other smaller towns. A special offering of the French Riviera is that it borders Monaco, the second smallest nation in Europe and the world. It is worth a day trip to see the attractions of Monaco.

The French Riviera is best known for its stunning coastline. Note that while some beaches are made of sand, many of the beaches (most notably Nice) are composed of rounded stones. So prepare accordingly with something comfortable to lay on if you'd like to relax on the beach. As with any beaches in France, women sunbathing topless is not uncommon and it isn't considered to be provocative or offensive here. The water from the Mediterranean Sea is salty, making it easy to float and swim. You'll see other water activities offered, especially parasailing and boating.

North of the French Mediterranean coastline are mountains, some of which may be within walking distance. These hills and mountains often provide viewpoints for the sea or a nearby river or bay. There are also museums, ruins, and other lesser-known attractions in the northern parts of cities, particularly Nice.

The French Riviera is a change of pace from the northern parts of France. Enjoy!

expert for French Riviera hostels

Handwritten by local expert for French Riviera hostels Jessica Lippe

Travel Tips for French Riviera - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking French Riviera. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of French Riviera. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in French Riviera

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, and 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 comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in French Riviera?

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 Riviera here on 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.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in French Riviera 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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