Hostels in IndonesiaHostels in Indonesia

You are looking for hostels in Indonesia? 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 Indonesia 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 Indonesia.

All Cities in Indonesia

We list every single hostel in Indonesia and the world. In total, we have 111 cities in Indonesia 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 Indonesia 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 Indonesia. 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 Indonesia

Indonesia, the largest island country in the world, is located on the border between the continents of Southeast Asia and Oceania. The archipelago of Indonesia is constituted of the five bigger islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes and Papua as well as more than 14.000 smaller islands, which include the resort islands of Bali, Lombok and Flores that are some of the most popular seaside destinations around the world.

Indonesia's motto is 'Unity in diversity', which is not surprising given that on the thousands of islands that make up the country, almost every religion of the world is represented, with Java being the island with the biggest muslim population in the world, Bali being famous for its Hindu culture, Flores for its strong Christianity, with Protestantism still very much alive as a heritage of the Dutch colonial times and traces of the Buddhist tradition found all over the country. As well as that, every island boats with its own culture, with their particular dances, customs, clothes, food and arts being highly distinctive and very much alive and practised on an everyday basis. Shows of locals dances and rituals are not to be missed no matter which part of the country you are visiting.

The country is characterised with breathtaking scenery of a mostly vulcanic landscape, with such sights as one of the world's most active vulcano, Merapi and the inactive, but romaticly located Bromo vulcano as well as exotic beaches covered in coconut and banana trees and white sand, turquoise waters and beautiful rock formations. As for historic sights, one can find everything from ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, like the UNESCO protected Prambanan and Borobudur to modern mosques and Sultan's palaces. The local people are extremely friendly and will always try to give their utmost generousity and goodwill to foreigners.

However, travelling can be quite a challenge in the country, especially on a low budget. Although the country is one of the cheapest in Southeast Asia, with prices normally being 6-8 time cheaper than in most Western countries, foreigners normally pay a tourist price and it is a normal procedure to ask for your ID at sights with an entrance fee and make your pay around 10 times the local price if you are not an Indonesian citizen. Tricks and spontaneous price changes are common, but you will still end up paying way less for food, transportation and souvenirs than you would in most other countries.

As budget travellers still do not constitute the majority of visitors to the country, there are not always adequate transportation facilities and convenient hostels available for them. Hostels are common in bigger and more touristy cities, with places like Yogyakarta and most cities in Bali offering an intimidating choice of accommodation, mostly at extremely low prices. For the low price you pay, you can normally expect really high standards, sometimes even of a hotel quality. It is not infrequent to offer a swimming pool and garden and a simple breakfast of pancakes or toast is almost always included in the price. Most hostels are furnished tastfully and in a way that reflects that local culture. More and more often, hotels tend to offer dorm rooms as well, which are always excellent choices, because for the price of a dorm room, you get all the facilities of an upper-scale hotel. However, try to avoid homestay hostels as they are normally extremely basic and often not too clean family homes that have a few rooms available for travellers.

expert for Indonesia hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Indonesia hostels JudyM

Travel Tips for Indonesia - from the Community

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We stayed in Jakarta for a couple of days. If you want to get out of the hustle and bustle you should visit the Thousand Island. Here you find authentic, local islands and a huge underwater world for snorkeling.

FAQ on Hostels in Indonesia

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 Indonesia?

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 Indonesia 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 Indonesia 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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