Hostels in Kuwait Hostels in Kuwait

You are looking for hostels in Kuwait? 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 Kuwait 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 Kuwait.

All Cities in Kuwait

We list every single hostel in Kuwait and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Kuwait 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 Kuwait 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 Kuwait. 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 Kuwait

Kuwait is a small country in the Middle East bordering Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Kuwait is a mix of modern architecture, an Arabic vibe, and a lot of desert and oil refineries.

Kuwait is rich in oil and that is also the main source of income for the country. You won’t see any poverty while traveling to Kuwait. The country looks very developed, and when you are in the capital, some of the architecture looks Western, while in other areas in the capital and outside, you will recognize the Middle Eastern architecture. Kuwait City looks modern, but does not have as many prestigious projects run by sheiks as in, for example, Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Since Kuwait is not as touristy as those cities, you won’t be hassled by touts who are trying to sell you something. You may however be approached by curious locals, who like to get to know more about your country and your impression about Kuwait. The citizens of Kuwait are proud people and they are proud that you are visiting their country. They will do their best to let you know that Kuwait is a safe country and that it does not suffer from any of the issues that are happening elsewhere in the Middle East and that the people do not support terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

Like many countries in the Middle East, there is currently a lack of hostels in Kuwait. Hostels are slowly finding their way to the Middle East too, so perhaps there will be hostels in Kuwait in the near future too. Budget accommodations are also scarce in Kuwait. The most affordable accommodations can be found in Kuwait City. There are no dorm rooms, so your only option is to book a private room. It is forbidden by law in Kuwait to stay in the same room with someone from the other sex to whom you are not married. Hotels often require a proof of marriage before they let you stay in the same room. But even if they don’t, do not book a room together or you will risk being sent to court and receiving serious punishments.

There are only a few cities in Kuwait; Kuwait City is the largest and offers the most places worth seeing. Kuwait City is home to the famous Kuwait Towers and is pleasant to walk around. This is the most central place in Kuwait and arguably the best place to book your accommodation with regard to location. Salmiya and Hawalli are other good cities in which to book your accommodation in Kuwait. Salmiya and Hawalli are connected to Kuwait City and are sometimes considered as a quarter within Kuwait City. In Hawalli and Salmiya, you can find cheaper accommodation than in Kuwait City; these are nice areas in which to stay. Salmiya is home to another site worth visiting when in Kuwait -- Marina Beach, which is a nice beach with an equally nice boulevard. There is also a mall.

There are only a few cities that are not connected to the Kuwait City metropolis, but these are not particularly worth visiting. If you do leave the metropolis, you will get to see the desert and oil refineries. But since Kuwait is a small country and the distances small, you can easily do this as a day trip and return to your accommodation in the Kuwait City metropolis for the night.

expert for Kuwait hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Kuwait hostels Martin Straatman

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

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 Kuwait?

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 Kuwait 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 Kuwait 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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