Hostels in Libya Hostels in Libya

You are looking for hostels in Libya? 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 Libya 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 Libya.

All Cities in Libya

We list every single hostel in Libya and the world. In total, we have 5 cities in Libya 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 Libya 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 Libya. 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 Libya

Libya is a country in North Africa and the fourth largest in Africa. To the north, it borders the Mediterranean Sea. In the west, you will find its largest city and capital, Tripoli. Other large cities include Benghazi and Misrata. While the 679,363 square mile (1,759,541 square kilometer) region has a relatively small population, 90 percent of its residents inhabit just ten percent of the land, mostly along the Mediterranean.

Libya acquired its independence in 1951. Formerly a poor nation, it has become one of the continent’s wealthiest countries since the discovery of its oil reserves in 1959. Thanks to petroleum sales, the World Bank considers Libya as an “upper middle income economy.” For this reason, accommodations and goods can be expensive in this country.

Hotels and hostels are sparse in Libya. Hostels are most likely to be found near tourist attractions such as the ruins of the ancient city Sabratha along the coast. While the country does not attract large crowds of tourists, many individuals visit in order to see the ancient Tripoli region, the Mediterranean, as well as the beautiful architectures of each region.

For the most part, Libya’s accommodations are made up of luxury hotels. There are also a few family-run hotels and B&B’s which provide a more informal, traditional as well as organic experience of this unique country. The budget-minded traveler should look into staying in a family-owned hotel and sharing a room with fellow tourists. Most of the hotels are located in Tripoli, Al Bayda, Benghazi, Al Khums, Ghadamis, and Sabha.

There are numerous airports, including international options, in Libya. Once you have landed, you can get around via bus or car. There are no railways. Once you find a hostel or hotel to your liking, you easily can take day-trips to sightsee other locations by using buses to get from city to city and taxis to get around towns.

An interesting quality about Libya is the Greek, Italian, and many other influences it has acquired from invasions of ancient as well as modern times. Subsequently, there are traces of these foreign influences to be found in the country’s ruins, architecture and foods. For the most well-rounded experience of this exotic locale, be sure to spend a few days in various cities in order to experience all of the different facets of Libya.

Travelers come to see places such as the temple of Zeus, built in the ancient Greek-Roman city of Cyrene, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, located close to today’s city of Shahhat.

Tourists also enjoy another UNESCO World Heritage Site of an ancient Roman city, Leptis Magna in the current city of Al Khums. Here you can see some of the world’s most ornate ruins such as The Arch of Septimius Severus.

If you decide to stay in a hostel or hotel in Benghazi, you can admire the Al Manar Royal Palace in the center of the city. This beautiful structure served as the first campus of the University of Libya.

No itinerary within Libya is complete without a stop in the capital. Here you can admire the architectural beauty of Tripoli Cathedral, a Roman Catholic creation turned into a present-day mosque. There is also the extraordinarily beautiful Tripoli Palace, former residence of King Idris. Today, this magnificent building houses the public library. Another point of interest within the city is the Red Castle Museum, or Assaraya Alhamra Museum. Located in the Red Castle Fortress, it presents Libya’s past, from prehistoric times to its independence revolution.

Libya is a country of many flavors due to the many invasions from different peoples, as evidenced by the varying architectures. Not only do the buildings reflect the various influences, but also the cuisine combines the varying flavors of the former invaders. Libya’s main foods are olives, dates, grains and milk. Dishes include a lot of pastas, proof of the Italian influence. Teas, nuts and pastries make up the desserts. A favorite of the people is Khubs Bitun, a kind of tuna sandwich. Be sure to get a taste of this unique cuisine, either by dining in authentic eateries or by indulging in the home-cooked food in a B&B.

expert for Libya hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Libya hostels Jakob Lombardi

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

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 Libya?

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 Libya 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 Libya 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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