Hostels in County GalwayHostels in County Galway

You are looking for hostels in County Galway? 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 County Galway 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 County Galway.

All Cities in County Galway

We list every single hostel in County Galway and the world. In total, we have 10 cities in County Galway 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 County Galway 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 County Galway. 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 County Galway

County Galway, Ireland, located in the middle of the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, is the second-largest county in the country, with a population of more than two hundred fifty thousand. County Galway holds a wide number of festivals, amazing landscapes, rich history, and it is full of traditional pubs. Finding accommodation in County Galway is quite easy, considering that there are more than twenty-five County Galway, Ireland hostels in the area.

Considering its shape and position, County Galway is easy to divide in three main areas -- the north part as Connemara and offshore islands, the center as Galway city area, and the southeast part.

In the north part you can find Connemara National Park, where you can visit the Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden, and take a stroll on the Diamond Hill walking trail. Also in Clifden town, you can walk or ride a bicycle around the Sky Road and join the Clifden Pony Show. While visiting one of the offshore islands such as Ceantar na Noilean, Inisbofin, or the Aran Islands, you can wander in mazes of stoned-wall laneways, cycle around to observe the nature and fauna, or visit the cliffs' edge. It is a great experience to visit any of the local pubs in Connemara or on the islands, where you can hear the lyrical Irish language form conversations, and listen traditional Irish music played live in the pub.

The Galway city area has a population of approximately seventy-six thousand, and there are plenty of County Galway, Ireland hostels in the city center, with a perfect location to explore the Medieval streets with brightly painted shops. In the center of the city, it's possible to appreciate the buildings such as Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas Church, and the Spanish Arch (the iconic building in the city). The surrounding streets are filled with souvenir, craft, book, and vintage shops as well as County Galway, Ireland hostels on Shop Street (the main pedestrian area) and you can find restaurants and the most iconic pubs of the city here as well. It is possible to take a walk along the promenade to Salthill and enjoy the views of Galway Bay and the hills of Clare. It is a great option to join the festivals that take place in the city, such as the Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Galway Races, and obviously St. Patrick's Day.

Galway southeast is the area where you can find Athenry, a Medieval town famous for the song “The Field of Athenry;” Ballinasloe town, which in October hosts the oldest European horse fair; Kinvara Village, on Galway Bay, which was made famous by Dunguaire Castle; and Gort town, which has a strong connection with the literary works of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory.

County Galway is without a doubt the best area to find a County Galway, Ireland hostel to visit and enjoy the traditional and real Irish culture.

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FAQ on Hostels in County Galway

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 County Galway?

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 County Galway 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 County Galway 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.