Hostels in AlaskaHostels in Alaska

You are looking for hostels in Alaska? 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 Alaska 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 Alaska.

All Cities in Alaska

We list every single hostel in Alaska and the world. In total, we have 14 cities in Alaska 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 Alaska 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 Alaska. 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 Alaska

Alaska, a mecca for wildlife lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Alaska is the biggest state in the USA, with the lowest population. California, Texas, and Montana can all fit into Alaska. It's also home to the highest point in North America, Mount McKinley. Alaska also lies partially inside the Arctic Circle. Alaska has about a dozen scattered hostels, and the state offers amazing hiking, mountain climbing, snow trekking, skiing, mountain biking, and wildlife spotting opportunities - the opportunities are almost endless.

Alaska's highlights include Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley (also known as Denali). The Kenai Peninsula, with its numerous hiking trails. Glacier Bay National Park, which can only be visited by cruise ship or boat. The Northern Lights, which can be sighted during the spring and autumn (fall) months each year. For the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights, get away from any towns or cities, and turn off all lights (car lights, etc.). Juneau, the state's capital, which can only be reached by air or boat. Seeing the salmon spawning, watching the salmon swim upstream is almost mesmerizing.

The best and most popular ways to visit Alaska is either by cruise ship, or by renting a car and driving around Alaska. You can also get around by plane, train, bus, bike, and boat. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, and has all the usual city facilities and amenities. Fairbanks is the second largest city and also has all the usual city amenities.

Accommodation options can vary throughout the entire state. There are about a dozen cities in Alaska with hostels. The smaller towns are going to have less options, maybe a couple of motels, hotels and occasionally hostels. In rural areas, wilderness hostels can sometimes be found, these are primitive hostels that may not have wifi or sometimes even electricity. Camping is a popular opportunity, but make sure you take precautions, Alaska is home to many wild bears, cougars, and coyotes. Make sure you carry the correct equipment, and get the latest updates from the ranger. Also make yourself familiar with what you should do if you do happen to come across a bear or cougar.

expert for Alaska hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Alaska hostels Kelly Sheldrick

Travel Tips for Alaska - from the Community

Oh man, so far no one from the community has left a comment or travel tips for Alaska. How about you kick start the discussion here? Gather your best backpacking recommendations for Alaska and jot them down below. The community thanks you.

Seward is a nice little town. The hike at Hardings ice field is a damn good day hike. Reasonably strenuous and we saw a bear and 2 cubs. We had a great lunch at Harbour Dinner Club. Surprisingly, sea food is expensive in Alaska. Expect to pay $20 per head. Another thing to do in Seward is the resurrection Bay Cruise …

Anchorage is a world class city. One of my 5 favorite cities in the US.

The harbor in Juneau has the feel of a movie set -- it has been ruined by the big cruise ships.

FAQ on Hostels in Alaska

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 Alaska?

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 Alaska 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.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Alaska 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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