Hostels in Qatar Hostels in Qatar

You are looking for hostels in Qatar? 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 Qatar 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 Qatar.

All Cities in Qatar

We list every single hostel in Qatar and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Qatar 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 Qatar 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 Qatar. 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 Qatar

Tourism has been on the rise for a few years in Qatar. The government is investing in tourism, and now more travelers that previously only transited at the airport now actually stay in Qatar. Like other Gulf states, Qatar will feel very exotic for travelers from non-Arabic countries.

Qatar is a fast-developing country in the Middle East, and with the growth of Qatar Airways over the years, Qatar has now become a major transport hub between Europe/the USA and Asia/Australia. While most passengers use Doha Airport only for transferring flights between continents, it has now become easier to plan a long stopover in Qatar too. When flying Qatar Airways, you can apply for a free transfer visa to explore Qatar for a couple of days. Cheap tourist visas have now also become easier to obtain for many nationalities. The free transit visa must be applied for in advance online and is currently limited to Qatar Airways passengers. If your stopover is only a couple of hours, you may look at the free tours that are offered a few times per day from the airport by Qatar Airways. While Qatar is the airline with by far the most flights into the country, it is definitely not the only one; there are a few budget airlines -- especially from other countries in the Middle East -- flying into Doha. However, due to a diplomatic embargo by several Arabic countries, land borders are closed and some air connections have been cancelled in recent years.

Even though it is possible to snap a few pictures on an organized tour from the airport for transit passengers, booking a stopover for more than one day may be well worth it. Booking a few nights in Qatar will allow you to much better explore this small country on the Persian Gulf. Previously, staying in Qatar overnight was too expensive for those traveling on a lower budget and Qatar hostels were scarce, but recently some Qatar hostels have opened. All Qatar hostels are currently in Qatar’s capital, Doha, but none of them is in the city centre. But an extensive metro network is currently being built, and with the first metro line scheduled to open soon as of this writing, getting around the city from your Qatar hostel will soon become easier. Buses are currently already available and so are taxi apps such as Uber.

Currently a lot of reconstructions are going on in Qatar in preparation for an upcoming FIFA World Cup, in particular in Doha. The city is getting modernized, the infrastructure is being improved, and new accommodations are expected to open, including new hostels in Qatar.

Doha is the only big city in Qatar. There are interesting places to visit outside Doha, such as the dunes in the desert, which are great to explore with a four-wheel drive. All cities and landmarks in Qatar can be reached in less than one-and-a-half-hour's drive from Doha, so they can be easily be visited on a day trip. For this reason, Doha is the best place to book yourself a Qatar hostel. If you do wish to stay overnight elsewhere in the country, you are limited to hotels because there are no Qatar hostels outside Doha in Qatar. If you are a man and a woman traveling together, be aware that it is illegal to stay in a room together if you are not married; however, this law is normally not enforced for tourists.

expert for Qatar hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Qatar hostels Martin Straatman

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

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 Qatar?

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 Qatar 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 Qatar 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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