Hostels in IrelandHostels in Ireland

You are looking for hostels in Ireland? 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 Ireland 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 Ireland.

All Cities in Ireland

We list every single hostel in Ireland and the world. In total, we have 156 cities in Ireland 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.

Achill Island
1
Adare
1
Adrigole
1
Annascaul
4
Aran Islands
4
Ardara
1
Ardee
2
Ashbourne
1
Ashford
1
Athlone
2
Athy
2
Bagenalstown
1
Balbriggan
1
Ballacolla
1
Ballinafad
1
Ballinasloe
1
Ballinskelligs
1
Ballintrillick
1
Ballybunion
3
Ballyconnell
1
Ballyhaunis
2
Ballyshannon
1
Ballyvaughan
1
Baltimore
1
Banagher
1
Bantry
3
Belmullet
2
Black Valley
1
Blarney
1
Borrisoleigh
1
Bray
1
Bruckless
1
Bunclody
1
Buncrana
1
Bundoran
10
Bunratty
2
Caherciveen
1
Cahirciveen
2
Cahirdaniel Village
1
Camp
1
Cape Clear Island
1
Cappoquin
1
Carlingford
2
Carlow
2
Carrick
2
Cashel
5
Castlebar
1
Castletownbere
1
Clare Island
1
Claremorris
1
Clifden
10
Cliffs of Moher
2
Cloghane
1
Clonakilty
1
Clonmel
1
Cobh
1
Cong
5
Connemara
6
Cork
21
Corofin
1
Dingle
11
Dingle Peninsula
1
Donard
1
Donegal
6
Donore
1
Doolin
8
Downings
1
Drogheda
3
Drumshanbo
2
Dublin
90
Dundalk
3
Dungarvan
4
Dungloe
1
Dunmanway
1
Dunquin
1
Ennis
6
Ennistymon
1
Errigal
1
Feakle
1
Galway
41
Gaoithe
1
Glenbeigh
3
Glencolumbkille
2
Glendalough
2
Glengarriff
1
Glenties
1
Greystones
1
Inishbofin
1
Inishowen Peninsula
1
Kells
1
Kenmare
11
Kilbrittain
1
Kilcar
2
Kildare
2
Kilfenora
2
Kilfinane
1
Kilkee
2
Kilkenny
10
Killaloe
3
Killarney
40
Killorglin
2
Killybegs
1
Kilmeaden
1
Kilmore Quay
1
Kilrush
1
Kiltyclogher
1
Kinsale
4
Kinvara
1
Knock
2
Knockree
1
Lahinch
2
Letterkenny
3
Lifford
1
Limerick
12
Lisavaird
1
Lisdoonvarna
1
Loughrea
1
Louisburgh
1
Macroom
1
Maynooth
1
Midleton
2
Milltown Malbay
1
Monaghan
1
Mountmellick
1
Mullingar
2
Murrisk
1
Navan
2
Nenagh
2
New Ross
2
Newcastle West
2
Oldcastle
1
Oughterard
5
Portlaoise
1
Roundwood
1
Shannon
1
Shannonbridge
1
Skibbereen
5
Slane
1
Sligo
8
Strandhill
1
Tarbert
1
The Burren
2
Tipperary
2
Tobercurry
1
Tralee
7
Tramore
4
Tullamore
1
Valentia Island
1
Ventry
1
Waterford
8
Waterville
2
Westmeath
1
Westport
8
Wexford
2
Wicklow
5
Youghal
1

All Ireland 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 Ireland. 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 Ireland

Ireland, known as the 'Emerald Isle' or the 'Land of the little people', is a fantastic choice for the independent traveller. It is very inexpensive for a developed country, and this also applies to the many hostels available. An English-speaking country, it is easy to travel around using train, coach, or car. But be aware they drive on the left side of the road and all vehicles are right hand drive.

It's compact enough to cover a lot of ground in just a few days. A popular tourist destination, some people want to research their genealogy and experience the land of their ancestors. Some people just come for the 'craic' (an Irish term for enjoying the company of friends). The people tend to be chatty and the weather tends towards raininess. It's a country of contrasts, and offers the choice of a bustling big city or green expanses and stunning cliff top views.

Ireland can be reached by ferry or plane. Dublin is the fast-paced capital city and has a large international airport. There are frequent coaches and buses that go into the city in less than an hour and a half. Dublin is notable for its numerous theatres, concert venues, and plentiful bars. There are over twenty hostels, and a lot of them are in Georgian style buildings, some still with their original features. Most hostels include a good breakfast in the price. The larger dormitories are particularly economical. Some hostels only offer mixed dorms. The hostels tend to be very central, in close proximity to O'Connell Street. It's worth knowing that hostel prices can increase considerably on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Dublin offers free access to some first-rate museums, galleries, and the Botanic Gardens, which is ideal for the economy traveller. There is a charge to enter the famous Guinness storehouse, which has seen famous guests such as Queen Elizabeth and President Obama in the past. Dublin's Phoenix Park is the largest open air park in Europe. It has a zoo but it is not very central to the city.

Dún Laoghaire is a pleasant seaside town, just outside of Dublin and offers parks, piers, and shopping. This is easily reached by the DART railway with a journey which includes splendid views across the bay. Blackrock is another small town in the same area which has a park and a high street where you can pass some time.

Several companies in Dublin offer reasonably-priced day trips to the peaceful Wicklow Mountains. These represent Ireland as the beautiful, verdant place that foreign visitors imagine it to be. They have even been the site of movie locations more than once. There are many walking trails, viewpoints, streams, waterfalls, woods, picnic tables, rock walls, and lots and lots of heather. Particularly popular is the scenic village of Glendalough, where there are a number of ancient church ruins and a round tower. There is no entry fee for these so you can enjoy them at your leisure.

The famous Blarney stone is to the south of the country, outside of Cork. It is located near the top of a castle and there is an entry fee to explore the property and gardens. Cork itself is a small, hilly city with two cathedrals. It has a good number of hostels, most of them in walking distance of Cork Kent train station near to the river.

In the southwest, there is Killarney National Park. The scenery is beautiful and there are wild red deer. It is fantastic for hiking or cycling. But if you want a more relaxing time, there are horse and cart rides or a lake cruise. The park encompasses a huge area including attractions such as Ross Castle and the Torc waterfall. There are three separate farms of varying size, and each has animals, poultry, and traditional farm machinery. There is also an old school house, a labourer's cottage, and a blacksmith's forge. You may want to bear in mind that a lot of the tourist buses come to this area.

Dingle, in the south, is just as attractive and less crowded. It has a lot of hostels for a small town and is surrounded by lush countryside. Tourist attractions include an aquarium, boat rides in the harbour and some good Irish pubs.

In the west of Ireland, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare, sit the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. There is a small fee to enter the tower here and the walks are bracing as it tends to be very windy. The stunning views make this a very memorable part of Ireland. On a clear day you can see Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.

Galway is a small city with a decent choice of hostels. It doesn't take long to explore on foot. On Shop Street, there is an old medieval townhouse called Lynch's Castle, which is now a bank. The Aran Island Ferries depart from Ros a' Mhíl, which is 23 miles west of Galway City centre. The three Aran islands are worth a visit to see the old forts, go on scenic walks, admire the unusual plants, and listen to real Irish being spoken by the small population. There is a limited choice of hostels on the islands, so it would be wise to book up in advance.

Ireland has much more to offer than has been covered here. It is a safe and interesting place to visit. The many hostels are generally excellent quality for a low price. What are you waiting for?

expert for Ireland hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Ireland hostels Charli

Things to do in Ireland

So far no one of the community left a comment and travel tips for Ireland. How about you kick off that list here? Just leave your best backpacking recommendations for Ireland below

Killarney's a good base for the Ring of Kerry, however it is the hugest tourist trap I've ever seen. Worse then Disneyworld. I suggest you visit any small town within the country and rub elbows with the farmers to experience the "real" Ireland.

Kiltyclogher is a beautiful town nestled in between the lovely hills of Leitrim. The Cosy Corner pub has great traditional music and very chatty locals. We had a wonderful time.

I lived in Ennis for 6 months and I have to say that I really miss that colourfull village. Even it is a small place, there's always something to do. The pubs are an amazing centre of music. Libraries, shops, cinemas... Have I said enough??

I have just been able to determine that Dunmanway is the ancestral home of our family, with the head being Nathan Capron Davis. My mother who is deceased tried to determine this for years, but never succeeded. I certainly would plan on visiting the area to make her wish come true.

I visited Cong on my second Irish visit in 1998. I now plan another visit in 2005 with my wife and another couple.

Bundoran is a beautiful area by the beach, but unfortunatly I find it a little dirty sometimes. Overall I think it's a lovely town and most of the people are sweet and kind.

Lisdoonvarna is a perfect spot to spend a few days. We stayed three and that was perfect. We visited the Cliffs of Moher and drove to the beach at Lahinch twice. Lisdoonvarna was close to the sites but you don't have to deal with the hassle of Lahinch. This was our third trip to Ireland and our first to Lisdoonvarna …

I visited Black Valley on my honeymoon and it is a fantastic place - real magic!!

I traveled from one end of Ireland to the other this past month and I have to say that my FAVORITE part of the trip was my stay in a little town outside Glengarriff named Adrigole. The most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. Also I would be remiss if I did not mention the most wonderful person we met in …

I lived in Kilkee for three months and I have to say that it's a beautiful place. The town is just charming.

I love Tralee. It is very cute. A lovely, calm, and quiet town.

I stayed in the little town of Liscannor and then walked to the Cliffs of Moher. I was traveling all by myself, a girl of twenty on her first trip out of the U.S. It was the best experience of my life. Liscannor is amazing. After one hour at Egan's Pub, I was being treated like family. One warning, if you don't like …

Apparently the town can be spelled Cahirciveen, Cahersiveen, or Caherciveen. Take your pick.

Doolin is a gorgeous place to visit. And a good place to rent bikes and explore.

There are no hostels in Limerick. The city is full of refugees and the government have crammed them in to the tourist hostels. It's disgusting. The refugees are there because the government takes money to accept them in and then virtually imprisons them allowing no opportunities to work or integrate. I was shocked by …

FAQ on Hostels in Ireland

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 Ireland?

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 Ireland 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 Ireland 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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