Hostels in Java Hostels in Java

You are looking for hostels in Java? 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 Java 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 Java.

All Cities in Java

We list every single hostel in Java and the world. In total, we have 16 cities in Java 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 Java 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 Java. 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 Java

Java is such a magical island and one that people will overlook on their travels to Indonesia. However, this incredible and diverse island has something for everyone.

Traveling will be an overland affair on local buses, so you will have to polish up on a little bit of Bahasa as English will only get you so far. There are also not as many hostels in some of the more remote areas, meaning that you will be staying in guesthouses for some nights which generally tend to be quite cheap. Most of the hostels are located in the larger city regions such as Jakarta and Yogyakarta. There are a few other hostels scattered in different locations around the island; just use the internet to find them.

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia as well as the financial hub. It is an interesting city with quite a bit to do. Whatever it is you do here, if you are a junkie for anything antique or nautical, go to the antique markets. Some of them have quite impressive relics.

Yogyakarta is the second most popular of the island’s larger cities. It is your gateway to the amazing Prambanan and Borobudur ruins. These are spectacular and not to be missed if coming to Java.

Other really popular destinations towards the eastern part of the island are the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and Kawah Ijen Volcano and Crater Lake. Bromo is an active volcano complex that has some stunning views. You can hike your way up to the top of the active volcano which even has a spot where you can watch the sun rise over all of the volcanoes. It is best to get up at 3:30 am and start the walk to the view point so you don't wind up fighting all of the other tourists with their hired jeeps at the top.

Kawah Ijen is an active volcano and sulfur mine. Stepping into this landscape feels like something out of this world. You again should travel in the middle of the night and hike down into the crater rim in the dark, before sunrise. The sulfur miners will be there, too, carrying massive baskets for very little money up the mountain and down the other side. If you ask and give them a tip, you can take photos with them. They love people. At night, you will also get to see the blue flame that is emitted by the volcano’s burning sulfur.

To get to Java, you either fly into one of the major cities or catch a ferry from Bali into Banyuwangi. You can even score a cheeky "I love Banyuwangi" t-shirt while you are there.

expert for Java hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Java hostels Globetrotter

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

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 Java?

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 Java 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 Java 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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