Hostels in Normandy Hostels in Normandy

You are looking for hostels in Normandy? 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 Normandy 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 Normandy.

All Cities in Normandy

We list every single hostel in Normandy and the world. In total, we have 10 cities in Normandy 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 Normandy 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 Normandy. 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 Normandy

Normandy is a region on the northwestern coast of France, corresponding to the historical region as well as the Channel Islands, which are technically under the British crown (and not part of modern-day Normandy.) Historically, Normandy and England were linked under Frankish rule; Normandy did not become part of France until the 13th century when Prince Phillip wrested control from England’s King John. Henry III gave control back to the French under the Treaty of Paris in 1259. Normandy played a large role in the ending of World War II. For much of the War it was part of German-occupied France and the scene of the famous D-Day invasions by the Allied troops.

Getting to Normandy and travelling through the region is best with your own transportation or by intercity train. Paris is around two hours from Normandy’s main tourist towns. It is also possible to reach Normandy through the UK, int the ports of Le Havre and Caen. The prefecture of Normandy is Rouen, which is also the largest city; other cities include Cherbourg, Le Havre, and Caen. Normandy is mainly rural and agricultural, with the exception of the many Norman towns, medieval settlements, and Second World War historical sites.

Budget hostel accommodation in Normandy is rare. Traditional backpacker hostels are hard to find outside of the major cities in France, so your best bet is to stay at an inexpensive guesthouse or bed and breakfast. Search for the words “de jeune travailleurs” or “de jeunesse” if you prefer a youth hostel.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, head out to explore this ancient, rich region of France. Mont St Michel is one of the region’s most famous attractions. It is a monastic island and pilgrimage site off the coast that was once only accessible at low tide. With the recent addition of a causeway, Mont St Michel is now reachable at all times. You can visit on your own or as part of a tour. Religion played a large part in much of the history of Normandy. There is extensive Celtic Christianity influence in the earlier churches of Cherbourg and the later Gothic cathedral in Rouen is a striking architectural marvel. Recent history buffs will enjoy visiting the sobering WWII cemeteries as well as the beaches where the Allied troops landed. Normandy is also one of France’s gastronomic centres. Calvados, a popular apple brandy, is produced here, as are many ciders. Dairy products are among the most-exported, and cheese from the region is highly regarded worldwide.

A striking, rich, and historical region, Normandy is the perfect place to get away from the bustle of Paris for a few days. Whatever you choose to do here, you will enjoy it!

expert for Normandy hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Normandy hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Normandy - 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 Normandy. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Normandy. 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 Normandy

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 Normandy?

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 Normandy 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 Normandy 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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