You are looking for hostels in Palestine? 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 Palestine 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 Palestine.
All Cities in Palestine
We list every single hostel in Palestine and the world. In total, we have 5 cities in Palestine 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 Palestine. 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 Palestine
Palestine is a country that is often skipped by those visiting Israel, even though many biblical sites can be found there. (East) Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho are the most famous biblical sites found in Palestine, which is also home to the Dead Sea.
Palestine is one of the most controversial independent states in the world. Although most countries do not recognize it as an independent country, Palestine is recognized by the United Nations. Despite the country’s negative reputation, visitors can feel more than welcome. As Palestine doesn't see a big amount of tourists, Palestinians are very happy to see visitors and independent travelers in particular. You may be invited for a tea, lunch or just a conversation on the street on a regular basis.
Hostels can be found in several cities in Palestine. Even when a town you want to visit does not have a hostel, the town can still be visited as a day trip because travel times in Palestine are short. Many hostels can be found in East Jerusalem, which is technically Palestinian territory, but on the Israeli side of the wall. If you want the full Palestinian experience, booking a hostel on the Palestinian side of the wall in cities such as Ramallah, Jericho and Nablus is recommended. Booking a hostel in Bethlehem, which is practically right next to the wall, is also a good choice. Bethlehem is touristy due to its Church of Nativity, the location believed to be where Jesus was born. When you stay in a hostel in Bethlehem, however, you can use is as your base. From there, you can take many day trips to explore far lesser known places in Palestine.
Most travelers who visit Palestine combine it with a visit to Israel. Palestine is significantly cheaper, oftentimes costing half the amount you would spend in Israel. In the hostels in Palestine, you will find more adventurous travelers than in many other countries. Expats working for NGOs or their governments also frequently visit hostels to hang out and meet other Westeners. Despite the fact that Palestine is an Arabic and Islamic country, alcohol is available in shops and most hostels.
Bethlehem and Jericho are the destinations that are most appealing to visitors who are interested in biblical sites. Jericho is said to be the oldest and lowest city in the world. It is much warmer in Jericho than in most other places in Palestine. The Dead Sea is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Middle East. A typical image of a person reading a newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea is a real possibility due to the high concentration of salt in this particular body of water. There are no hostels by the Dead Sea, but Jericho is less than a half-hour drive away.
Hebron is a place worth seeing for the more adventurous travelers who have an interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are many checkpoints in the city. It is, however, no problem for tourists to cross those checkpoints and visit both the Palestinian and occupied Israeli parts of town. Since the Second Intifada, the city’s centre has turned into a ghost town, which is interesting to see. Both the Israelis and Palestinians are happy to talk to you as a visitor, to tell their sides of the story and how the other party misbehaves. Walking around Hebron will feel like walking around a war zone, although the markets are still operating. It is totally safe for non-Jewish travelers to visit, though.
Palestine is a controversial country with a bad image, but when you take the effort to visit, you will be surprised (in a positive way) by what you will find behind the wall!
Handwritten by local expert for Palestine hostels Martin Straatman
Travel Tips for Palestine - from the Community
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I have visited Ramallah recently and did enjoy the city very much but it is a bit of a study and research to find some events and activities to make in the city, the market and center is lively and vibrant cheap and good quality street food can be found everywhere.
I have slept at the hostel in ramallah first …
FAQ on Hostels in Palestine
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 Palestine?
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 Palestine 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.