Hostels in Poitou-Charentes Hostels in Poitou-Charentes

You are looking for hostels in Poitou-Charentes? 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 Poitou-Charentes 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 Poitou-Charentes.

All Cities in Poitou-Charentes

We list every single hostel in Poitou-Charentes and the world. In total, we have 4 cities in Poitou-Charentes 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 Poitou-Charentes 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 Poitou-Charentes. 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 Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes is a former province in southwestern France; after the restructuring in 2016 it became of the largest regions. It lies on the coast, where many of its oceanside towns are oyster farming communities, and stretches inland to the foothills of the Massif Central. It’s the sunniest region outside of the Mediterranean provinces and has excellent soil for growing grapes; the grapes for Cognac and the local Pineau des Charentes are both grown here.

The quickest way to get here is to fly into one of the surrounding airports, like Bordeaux or Limoges, but you can also catch a high-speed train from Paris Austerlitz or Montparnasse. The region has a good rail network if you want to get to some of the smaller villages but you may find that having your own car is easier. Ask your hostel about good car hire companies in the bigger towns, La Rochelle or Poitiers, or from your arrival airport.

Hostel accommodation in this province is mostly found in the larger cities, like La Rochelle, Poitiers, Niort, or Angouleme. While travelling in France, especially rural France, its best to not assume that everyone can or will speak English, so its best to learn a little bit of French. The phrase for “youth hostel” is “auberge de jeunesse.”

This region of France is low-lying and very green, leading some to call it the Venice of France. There is a wonderful network of streams and rivers in the Le Marais Poitevin national park near Deux Sevres and Charente, where you can hire a canoe or kayak, go fishing, or bicycle along the trails. In nearby La Rochelle, don’t miss the medieval city walls, maritime museum, or aquarium. Further south along the coast, you can visit the walled 17th century town of Brouage, where the fortifications are unchanged, or Rochefort, one of the old port cities. This coast is popular with both fishermen and yachtsmen.

Inland, there are plenty of old castles and hill towns to see. Most of these also have small museums chronicling the town and provincial history. One of the more unique attractions is new, however. The Futuroscope is a theme park in the Vienne department; its most well-known for its high-tech cinemas. There is a nearby wildlife reserve with hundreds of monkeys - it may sound post-apocalyptic but its a unique park where you can view monkeys of all shapes and sizes.

expert for Poitou-Charentes hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Poitou-Charentes hostels Jakob Lombardi

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

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 Poitou-Charentes?

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 Poitou-Charentes 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 Poitou-Charentes 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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