Hostels in Timor Hostels in Timor

You are looking for hostels in Timor? 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 Timor 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 Timor.

All Cities in Timor

We list every single hostel in Timor and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Timor 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 Timor 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 Timor. 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 Timor

Timor is a region in Indonesia. Known as West Timor to differentiate it from the country known as East Timor, this is an area famed for its highly diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. The landscape is also one of the most unique in this part of the world – it is hot, humid, and has several large rivers.

Timor has less jungle than the rest of South East Asia and features plains, crags, and meadows with woodlands in-between.

The region is known for the many hostels and other forms of accommodation available. You are sure to find some affordable hostels near Kupang, Soe and Atambua.

In addition, there are many other hotels and homesteads available. However, you are unlikely to find many reasonably-priced hostels outside these areas. While in some of the villages, the locals may open their homes to travellers, you will need a local guide to sort out pricing for you.

A dazzling array of crops can be found around the region with its many farmers. The local tribes grow maize, peanuts and cashew. Most of the religious practices in the area are closely related to the agricultural nature of the local people.

While most of the population in the area is Christian as a result of Portuguese and Dutch colonisation in the more recent past, some communities continue to incorporate ancient rituals into their worship.

The area is also famous for the many deserted beaches, along with the smaller islands around the main region. Kupang Harbor, Semau, and the Kera Islands are all prime choices for you to engage in water sports like swimming and snorkelling.

If you want to go surfing, fishing, or diving, you can check out Rote and Savu islands, both of which can be reached by ferry.

If you are a fan of natural beauty, check out the Oenesu Waterfall, located about seventeen kilometres south of the city of Kupang. It is a waterfall with three tiers and is a major hotspot for visitors to the region.

A similar attraction that is less wet is the Crystal Cave. This is a limestone cave with a pool of clear, still, water in the centre that can only be reached with some effort.

One of the final destinations you could check out is Camplong Forest, a tourist park located at the foot of Mt. Fatuleu. It also features a farm for exotic animals such as crocodiles and pythons.

expert for Timor hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Timor hostels Jakob Lombardi

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

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 Timor?

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 Timor 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 Timor 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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