You are looking for hostels in Mexico? 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 Mexico 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 Mexico.
All Cities in Mexico
We list every single hostel in Mexico and the world. In total, we have 119 cities in Mexico 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 Mexico. 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 Mexico
Mexico is one of the most fun and lively countries in the world and you will find your fill of history, parties, and incredible nature here depending on where it is that you go. Hostels are widely abundant across the whole of Mexico, but majority of them are condensed down the popular tourist strip from Cancun down to Tulum. The major towns you will find amazing parties and beaches along from here would be Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum. While this is a great area to relax and travel, you can get to some of the more quiet and yet amazing islands such as Isla Holbox in the north after a few hours on the bus.
Inland of this you will find the amazing Chichen Itza, which you can do as a day trip or you can stay at a hostel in Valladolid to be closer to the area. Explore one of the many incredible cenotes around Merida by hiring a car for the day with some friends at your hostel and checking out the area.
Around San Cristobal las Casas you will find some amazing jungle. A popular destination for backpackers, you will find many hostels to stay here. Make sure you pack a jacket as it does get quite cold here up in the hills. Also while you are here, get in a cooking class or two. They do amazing classes. A couple of hours from here you will find one of the most incredible Mayan ruins in the country, Palenque. You can go on a day trip or otherwise there are hostels that you can stay at just outside of the ruins in the town and you can get a taxi there in the morning.
The south coast has some amazing surf towns such as Acapulco and Puerto Escondido where you can hang out, relax and catch some amazing surf amidst the black sand beaches. It is a very popular destination also and people here are very relaxed. There are incredible restaurants in Puerto Escondido so check it out.
And of course any trip to Mexico needs to include your major cities. Mexico City is incredible and if you can find a hostel around the Zocalo area that is central you are in a good area to see many of the sights of the city. You should also take a trip out to Teotihuacan if you can as they are some of the most impressive ruins in the whole of Central America. Oaxaca City is another city that you should hit up. It has beautiful streets, lots to see and do, and if you can, align your trip with Día de Muertos. The hostels get together and hire a band so that all of the guests can take part in the parades and get dressed up. It is a really fun time.
Many tourists heading down from the USA like to visit Tijuana. You can get a hostel in Tijuana, and it's a good place to go if you just want to party, but keep in mind that this town is not representative of real Mexico. If you want to get away from the cliché of people on holiday, skip this out in favour for some of the more unknown towns off the beaten track.
Wherever you go and whatever you do in Mexico, you are bound to be blown away! It is an absolutely incredible place to visit!
Handwritten by local expert for Mexico hostels Globetrotter
Things to do in Mexico
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I spent a summer in Guanajuato two years ago. It's a charming town, take the tram up to see Pipila and enjoy the multi-colored houses from high up. See the creepy mummies and markets, and just relax. While it's not as lively as Mexico City, Guanajuato is still a good place to spend a few days.
Reading a well-known Autralian guide about Mexico, coming from a visit to the U.S., I was planning to stay only one night in Chihuahua and its only hostel. This was my first time in Mexico, and I was not sure about what I could expect, between great food and sulfurous reputation. I actually found Chihuahua to be a …
Campeche... We are so lucky that we stumbled upon this hidden pot of gold. The walled city is something that should not be missed. This quaint town has a colonial feeling with clean streets, bright colored buildings, a gorgeous town square, art and music. We all agreed this was one of the top highlights of our …
I loved Mexico City -- felt very safe.
I have been going to Palenque since 1971. Find a comfortable spot and melt into the air.
if you go to Isla Mujeres, you should try to eat on the restaurants by the beach and eat a shrimp cocktail or ceviche! It's delicious. Go to Caracol and Playa Tiburon -- great views!
San Cristobal de las Casas is such an amazing town filled with bright colors, friendly people, and a variety of music. December couldn't have been a better time to visit considering all of the holiday festivities. It is definitely worth time spent traveling. Don't miss this beautiful oasis.
Yeah, it's a great city in Mexico! Here you can visit a lot of places if you love nightlife and cultural life, it's a city that gives a special touch for all tourists. I would invite all tourists from the world to pass a day in Tijuana.
San Miguel de Allende is a great colonial town, unique because of its large artist population, and galleries galore. There is a lot to see right in the city center, and amazing hot springs (La Gruta is very neat - with a cave) just outside. There are a lot of restaurants with very good food (and desserts...), and …
Morelia is a very nice and safe city in Mexico.
Merida is called the White City. The Paseo Montejo is a popular avenue that crosses all of the city, it has beautiful French-style houses, full of trees, and lovely people, delicious food, and relaxing atmosphere.
This is an amazing spot! You can relax and have fun! Playa del Carmen is a piece of heaven.
Rosarito is a cool safe city with a crazy inexpensive nightlife. I hooked up with people at the hostel and had a blast! I ended up staying a coupleof months!
Cabo San Lucas is the only place in all of Mexico that I did not enjoy; I think it's because there were too many wealthy, entitled tourists there (the locals were not their usual friendly, festive selves)!
FAQ on Hostels in Mexico
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 Mexico?
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 Mexico 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.
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.