Hostels in Basque Country Hostels in Basque Country

You are looking for hostels in Basque Country? 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 Basque Country 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 Basque Country.

All Cities in Basque Country

We list every single hostel in Basque Country and the world. In total, we have 24 cities in Basque Country 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 Basque Country 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 Basque Country. 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 Basque Country

The Basque Country of Spain has some incredible destinations and culture.

The largest destination here to visit with the most hostels is San Sebastian (Donostia). This is a stunning beach town along the northern coast and has a couple of different beaches popular for surfing so grab a board. There are also some amazing restaurants here to experience during your stay. Make sure that you head to the cathedral as it has stunning architecture. If you are after a more quiet beach town, there are quite a few different locations where you will find hostels scattered along the northern coastline of Spain.

The second major destination city in this region is Bilbao. This previously unremarkable city transformed into an attractive travel destination thanks to the Guggenheim museum. There are now also other fine arts museums to visit as well as this most famous one. Taking a stroll along the river front is also great to experience as there is a great deal of sculpture and art along the way too. The city has a very cultural feel to it and about a dozen hostels to choose from.

Getting around Basque Country is fairly easy. They run buses quite frequently from town to town. It helps if you can speak some Spanish along the way. They also speak Catalan here as well. Make sure that in the summer months you book your buses a day or so in advance; they can fill up quite quickly in the summer months. The majority of the travel times here are no longer than an hour or so to the next destination.

There is a great range of Basque food in both Bilbao and San Sebastian, so get involved as the food is one of the best things about this region. They serve "pintxos" in some of the bars, a Basque version of the Spanish tapas, and getting on board a 'pintxos' route is highly recommended. There are also some different festivals on here throughout the year, so check the tourism board website to see what is on at different times of the year.

Heading further inland, there are some beautiful Natural Parks that you can visit and hike. Make them a pit stop on the way south to the city of Vitoria Gasteiz. The architectural features of the city are beautiful and not to be missed if you have the time. Also take a look at some of the smaller towns in Basque towns that also offer a hostel or two.

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

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 Basque Country?

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 Basque Country 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 Basque Country 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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