Hostels in Northern Ireland Hostels in Northern Ireland

You are looking for hostels in Northern Ireland? 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 Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland.

All Cities in Northern Ireland

We list every single hostel in Northern Ireland and the world. In total, we have 15 cities in Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland. 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 Northern Ireland

Northern Island is home to some stunning scenery, friendly people, and interesting history. If making a trip to the island of Ireland, make sure you don't miss out the north. You will not regret it at all.

The capital city is Belfast. Flights frequently depart this airport to London and a series of other destinations. Or if you are coming up from Dublin, you can spend a couple of hours on a bus and it is quite cheap. The city is very pretty and has a quaint charm about her. It's from here that the Titanic sailed on her maiden voyage, and you will find an impressive museum here showing the history of her construction. There are quite a number of hostels in Belfast for you to stay in, but make sure you book in advance in high season to ensure that you don't miss out.

The second largest city in Northern Ireland is Derry. There are a few really nice cathedrals to visit during your stay at a hostel here. One of the things not to miss are the murals along the city walls of Londonderry. You can get a guided tour and they will tell you stories about the paintings and what their meaning. It will give you an insight into the history and people of the area. The Museum of Free Derry will also shed more light on this and historical events such as Bloody Sunday which shaped the communities here.

The Causeway Coastal Route is one of the most popular drives in Ireland. It's in this region that they filmed parts of the Game of Thrones. In fact, you can book a Game of Thrones tour to go to the specific sets of the show if you are a die-hard fan. But if not, there are still some incredible scenery to be had. The most popular of features along this road is the Giant's Causeway. All of the rocks sticking out of the earth in long hexagonal pillars are quite astonishing to behold. It is rare to see anything like this anywhere on the earth. Take your time and explore the area. There are an abundance of small towns along the drive and in each town there may be one or two hostels scattered along the way. One of the other things to do recommended by locals along this route is the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede. You may also want to get a hostel in Bushmills for a night or two and visit the famous distillery and other sites in the town.

If you have even more time from here, you can see some incredible mountain ranges driving around on the Ring of Gullion.

When travelling through this incredible landscape, you will be blown away by the amazing scenery to be found in this spectacular country.

expert for Northern Ireland hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Northern Ireland hostels Globetrotter

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

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 Northern Ireland?

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 Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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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