You are looking for hostels in Kyrgyzstan? 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan.
We list every single hostel in Kyrgyzstan and the world. In total, we have 11 cities in Kyrgyzstan 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.
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 Kyrgyzstan. 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.
Beautiful Kyrgyzstan lies hidden behind the surrounding mountains of China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The country remains largely undiscovered by Western tourism, making it a top destination for those seeking solitude those who consciously avoid tourist hubs. The country is easy to navigate and offers low costs of living and traveling, features that make it even more appealing to backpackers.
Kyrgyzstan mostly draws Kazakh and Russian tourists for whom Cholpon Ata functions as a holiday resort to spend the summer months in. Nevertheless, tourism is growing in this small country. People have started to discover the various trekking and hiking options that the mountains behind Issyk Kul have to offer. This lake, the world's second biggest alpine lake, is an absolute beauty and the main reason why people visit the north of the country. One of the first stopovers is Cholpon Ata, a small city that provides easy access to the lake itself. Next to the small, but pleasant beaches, one can also enjoy the century-old rock carvings that were left behind by nomadic people. The second city next to the lake is Karakol, which people use as a base for trekking. Kochkor, on the other hand, is another popular destination, especially as an excellent starting point for those who wish to visit the smaller lake, Song Kul. Also in the north, but a bit more central, lies Kyrgyzstan's capital city, Bishkek. It can easily be explored in one or two days. A collection of nice, old soviet buildings and the famous Osh Bazaar prove to be the city's biggest attraction. Interesting spots in the south of the country are the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad. One can go hiking there, and silk road enthusiasts will also enjoy passing through the south of the country. Kyrgyzstan is a safe country to travel in, although the situation in the south can change easily. The country is well known for bride kidnapping, but female tourists have nothing to fear. Transportation in general consists of minibuses, called marshrutkas. They are quite time consuming, so if you are in a rush, plan on sharing a taxi.
Another one of the country's attractions is its nomadic history. You can witness the World Nomadic Games or other horse games. Besides that, you can enjoy a homestay in a yurt, which is a white, tent-like structure where mostly shepherd families live. Enjoy the local food, the home-baked national bread, Boorsok, and try to drink some Kumis, which is highly fermented horse milk. When looking for more standard accommodations, you'll find there are many options, at least in Bishkek, Osh and Karakol. Most smaller cities or towns only tend to have one or two hostels and more guesthouses, while the bigger cities have a varied selection of hostels, hotels, guest homes, and apartments. The cheapest options are always the hostels, which are mostly housed in old apartment buildings. On the outside, these give a wrong impression because inside they are almost always brand new and squeaky clean. Kyrgyzstan hostels are growing exponentially and are ahead of the future influx of tourism, so don't be surprised when you find yourself sleeping alone in a 10-bed dormitory. Hostels in Bishkek are more expensive in the center than on the outskirts.
Take into account the never-ending traffic which causes a lot of smog and noise, and you'll be happy to go for the cheapest hostels on the outskirts that will assure you a quiet night's sleep. Hostels in Kyrgyzstan are almost always very clean and perfectly adapted to the backpacker's needs: a nice kitchen, a social area, and a locker. Wifi is widespread and without charge. Kyrgyzstan hostels can be considered the best in the world for their price to quality ratio. Staff, and the Kyrgyz people in general, are incredibly friendly. They don't always speak English (only Kyrgyz and/or Russian), but they try to communicate as best as they can. Kyrgyzstan is a hidden gem, especially for the budget backpacker.
Handwritten by local expert for Kyrgyzstan hostels Margaret
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
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.
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 Kyrgyzstan 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.
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.
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.